02-17-2013, 12:46 PM
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This is my prototype. Yesterday I decided to make a handle without any tools other than what I have on hand. I went to the hardware store and bought a 3/4 inch x 3 1/2 inch grade 5 zinc plated steel hex head bolt. I cut the head off with a hacksaw. Ground off a rough chamfer around the top to create a shoulder, marked the approximate center using my eyeball to find the center, used a center punch and then drilled a 5/32 inch hole about a half inch into the top. Then I used the 5mm x 0.80 high carbon steel plug tap to create threads inside the hole. I used the tap holder I found in my late father's old tool box to twist the tap in and out a number of times with some oil, to cut the threads. Then I screwed the Muhle R41 head onto the handle, and it's ready to use. As I say, this is a prototype that took me about 45 minutes to make. I just did it by hand and the bolt cost around $5.00 including tax. I can use other lengths and diameters of bolts, bronze or stainless steel depending on what the hardware store has in stock, and I can do a better job of shaping the shoulder, etc.

Length of handle: 3 3/8 inches
Diameter of handle: 3/4 inch
Weight of handle: 6 ounces
Weight of handle with head: 7 ounces


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 02-17-2013, 01:28 PM
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Will leave it here Gary. Great information and wonderful pictures. Thank you

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 02-17-2013, 01:34 PM
  • tgutc
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Very cool Gary! Thank you for sharing.

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 02-17-2013, 01:47 PM
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That's pretty sweet, nice job Gary!

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 02-17-2013, 02:00 PM
  • TexBilly
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Gary, this is very cool and prototype or not, I can see your thinking on the handle - those threads will be VERY grippy. Nice job.

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 02-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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That's a whole lotta American ingenuity right there ! Idea

Clever,Cool and Grippy...

Good Going Gary

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 02-17-2013, 02:27 PM
  • blzrfn
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Nicely done, be careful on the bolt threads as they are often sharp enough to slice through skin.

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 02-17-2013, 02:43 PM
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No lack of grip there!

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 02-17-2013, 03:24 PM
  • clk
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You are going to get a great workout with that thing!

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 02-17-2013, 05:23 PM
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Don't the threads bother you while you hold it?
Wow, that is something!

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 02-17-2013, 05:28 PM
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Being somewhat of a utilitarian shaver myself I have to salute you on a job well done. It won't slip out of the hands!

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 02-17-2013, 08:41 PM
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What a manly handle you made there, it is very cool and original. Bob Villa would probably shave with a razor handle like that!

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 02-17-2013, 08:46 PM
  • beartrap
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Garry, it looks massive and I imagine feels very manly in hand. Good job!

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 02-17-2013, 09:38 PM
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The threads don't have sharp edges, it feels comfortable to the touch. I think if I do another one, I'll shoot for a smaller diameter with a longer tapered shoulder.

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 02-17-2013, 11:52 PM
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What are u naming it?

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 02-18-2013, 12:34 AM
  • savagejoerude
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ME LIKE... When can we start placing orders??? That looks as big as the UFO we have been passing around...

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 02-18-2013, 10:03 PM
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(02-17-2013, 09:38 PM)brothers Wrote: The threads don't have sharp edges, it feels comfortable to the touch. I think if I do another one, I'll shoot for a smaller diameter with a longer tapered shoulder.

Sounds good !

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 02-19-2013, 05:30 AM
  • Johnny
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From one Okie to another, well done.

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 02-20-2013, 05:11 AM
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Nice job,Gary...

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