04-16-2015, 08:28 AM
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  • Barrylu
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I recently bought a PILS. I have been afraid of dropping it when my hands get slippery with shaving soap. Yesterday while shaving ATG it nearly happened. Hence today's hack. The addition of several o rings to the handle have solved the problem. The razor may not look quite as pretty but is much more functional for me.
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 04-16-2015, 08:36 AM
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great Idea! I did the same to my mongoose/Ikon SE handle
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 04-16-2015, 09:23 AM
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That Ikon SE handle looks sweet with the modification!  Thumbsup

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 04-16-2015, 09:35 AM
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I too own a similar PILS, and the way I overcome this is to apply: rub a Alum stone/block over my shaving hand fingers "works for me"

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 04-16-2015, 12:30 PM
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O rings did the trick. 

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 04-16-2015, 02:55 PM
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  • refles
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I've seen a picture of someone putting on some sort of black grip tape in thin strips spaced along the handle of the PILS. I was always paranoid of dropping mine and made an effort to dry the finger before each pass.


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 04-16-2015, 03:14 PM
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  • Ram57
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(04-16-2015, 08:36 AM)Alexandergjones Wrote: great Idea! I did the same to my mongoose/Ikon SE handle
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I did the same thing to mine! 

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 04-16-2015, 03:20 PM
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(04-16-2015, 03:14 PM)Ram57 Wrote:
(04-16-2015, 08:36 AM)Alexandergjones Wrote: great Idea! I did the same to my mongoose/Ikon SE handle
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I did the same thing to mine! 
great minds think alike!

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 04-16-2015, 03:34 PM
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  • Ram57
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I was trying to remember the name of the paint that I used for my weber bulldog handle and then again on my PILS handle but cant at the moment and I am still at work, but it is a rubberized spray coating that you can peel off at anytime. Got the idea from my daughters boyfriend who spray painted his rims black but he stated he once had them painted blue.
See if I can remember to upload a picture tonight or tomorrow.

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 04-16-2015, 04:22 PM
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(04-16-2015, 03:34 PM)Ram57 Wrote: I was trying to remember the name of the paint that I used for my weber bulldog handle and then again on my PILS handle but cant at the moment and I am still at work, but it is a rubberized spray coating that you can peel off at anytime. Got the idea from my daughters boyfriend who spray painted his rims black but he stated he once had them painted blue.
See if I can remember to upload a picture tonight or tomorrow.

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 04-16-2015, 04:54 PM
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  • ben74
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The O rings are an inspired idea, well done.

Greg, IMO, built a better mouse trap with the addition of a knurled handle of his interpretation of the Pils. 

I really regret parting with my iKon Modern.

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 04-16-2015, 05:07 PM
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(04-16-2015, 04:54 PM)ben74 Wrote: The O rings are an inspired idea, well done.

Greg, IMO, built a better mouse trap with the addition of a knurled handle of his interpretation of the Pils. 

I really regret parting with my iKon Modern.

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I agree. The thin smooth finish of the PILS handle is an accident waiting to happen. I never dropped it but, I thought I was going to get a hand cramp preventing it from being dropped.

I too regret selling my H2O and S3S razors.

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 04-16-2015, 08:35 PM
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  • Ram57
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(04-16-2015, 04:22 PM)ncguy1 Wrote:
(04-16-2015, 03:34 PM)Ram57 Wrote: I was trying to remember the name of the paint that I used for my weber bulldog handle and then again on my PILS handle but cant at the moment and I am still at work, but it is a rubberized spray coating that you can peel off at anytime. Got the idea from my daughters boyfriend who spray painted his rims black but he stated he once had them painted blue.
See if I can remember to upload a picture tonight or tomorrow.

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That is exactly what I used. Not professional looking but gets the job done for me. Maybe in the future I will take my time and apply 4-6 thin coats so it looks better but I'm not a handyman type of guy. Here is my PILS with the coated handle and my iKon SE100 and Triad Brass handle that I applied O rings. The iKon to make it look a little snazzier and in regards to the Triad, the pictures appeared to show 4 black spirals which I thought was a pretty cool contrast to the brass but when it arrived I was wrong. Apparently the angle of the light on the brass played tricks on my eyes so I went ahead and added the O rings. This is one heavy beast of a handle.

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 04-16-2015, 09:59 PM
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 04-17-2015, 01:43 AM
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(04-16-2015, 09:59 PM)iKon Wrote: [Image: 7Ulmd8B.jpg]

Very nice . What is the release date :-)


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 04-17-2015, 03:30 AM
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  • Aleksey
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Great idea with the SE handle, can you give exact size of the o-rings?

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 04-17-2015, 03:51 AM
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  • chamm
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My PILS hack:

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I took 1/2" shrink tubing and cut slightly (about 1mm) longer than the space on the handle. (It shrinks laterally, too, albeit not much) You can shrink it with a heat gun, or even just a wind-proof butane lighter. Don't use a match or a candle - you'll get black soot all over everything. I probably made mine just a teeeeeeeeeny but too long, but I didn't feel like doing it over.

You can probably get 1/2" heat shrink tubing at your local hardware store for $3. Take care to ensure that it doesn't have any printed lettering on it. (Many brands do not - you may have to try a couple stores, particularly smaller mom-and-pop ones.)

The amount of grip provided is absolutely perfect. The razor feels like one with my hand. If applied well, it looks fantastic, and should easily last decades. Heat shrink tubing was meant to last forever, so it won't break down chemically like some (but not all) of the tool-coatings. Best of all, it isn't permanent in any way. If you get tired of it, or if it gets worn out, simply (carefully) cut it off with a razor blade. (If you can find one of those...) There are even different colors available, if you want to be different.

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 04-17-2015, 06:29 AM
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  • Ram57
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(04-17-2015, 03:51 AM)chamm Wrote: My PILS hack:

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I took 1/2" shrink tubing and cut slightly (about 1mm) longer than the space on the handle. (It shrinks laterally, too, albeit not much) You can shrink it with a heat gun, or even just a wind-proof butane lighter. Don't use a match or a candle - you'll get black soot all over everything. I probably made mine just a teeeeeeeeeny but too long, but I didn't feel like doing it over.

You can probably get 1/2" heat shrink tubing at your local hardware store for $3. Take care to ensure that it doesn't have any printed lettering on it. (Many brands do not - you may have to try a couple stores, particularly smaller mom-and-pop ones.)

The amount of grip provided is absolutely perfect. The razor feels like one with my hand. If applied well, it looks fantastic, and should easily last decades. Heat shrink tubing was meant to last forever, so it won't break down chemically like some (but not all) of the tool-coatings. Best of all, it isn't permanent in any way. If you get tired of it, or if it gets worn out, simply (carefully) cut it off with a razor blade. (If you can find one of those...) There are even different colors available, if you want to be different.

Great idea and a lot easier to apply that the Plastic Dip that I used.

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 04-17-2015, 06:35 AM
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(04-17-2015, 03:30 AM)Aleksey Wrote: Great idea with the SE handle, can you give exact size of the o-rings?

Don't remember the exact size I used but it was either 7/16 or 1/2" diameter and I went with the smallest width they had which was 1/16". They came in a pack of 10 at HD.

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 04-17-2015, 08:22 AM
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I actually never had any issues with my two Pils that I used to have. They never felt slippery when I was using them. However, I just found them too top-heavy and the shaves didn't compare to my DLCs. Nonetheless, I still find them to be possibly the most beautifully crafted DEs I have used. 

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