09-15-2012, 05:02 PM
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  • UFO
  • Artisan
  • Seville, Spain
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Hello my friends.

I’m Rafael, also known as UFO on shaving forums. I live in Seville, Spain, and I’m fond of classic shaving, straight razors both as double-edged safety razors. A few weeks ago, Phil asked me through my friend Juan aka Dr. Dulcamara, to be part of this community, and the list of vendors. Now I've decided to register here and become a vendor. Maybe in the future I could make some TSN LE handle series. First of all, I beg you excuse my poor english. I use google translator. Also my very good friend Juan (he is like my brother) helps me with translations when we are talking at phone on the night. I beg you will be patient with me and my poor ability to reply your questions and PM's. Also I beg you await I achieve minimum number of posts to be able posting in vendor section. Please I can not promote myself or my work out there that place.

You probably know I'm making some humble razor handles from a year ago. Although no metal I do professionally, I studied and practiced the profession for quite some time, and this allows me to work with a certain level of quality. In the beginning to start this, our common hobby, my obsession has always been having stainless steel handles, and in the second half of 2011 I started searching for them, finally seeing that there was little to choose from. Since then hovered in my mind the idea of making a handle of this noble material.

To the point where I’m today I had to overcome difficulties of all kinds, and though at times I leave, hopefully some great friends encouraged me and helped in various ways to continue with perseverance. I will not name, but they know who they are and how much I owe. I can never thank them enough. In this project, which to me is a hobby, there are a lot invested. Illusion, sleepless nights, help from colleagues and friends of the forum, hours of study of old handles, many tests of prototypes, many failed parts, and a few martyrs destroyed.

My idea was to create a unique and original handle but with influences from some old handles, but with its own personality. Copying a handle would have been easier, less laborious and much faster, but I wanted to be honest with you and with myself.

I looked for the best material at my disposal, 316L stainless steel. There are other of better and easier machining, as the T304, but from the beginning it was clear that although the difficulties were greater to mechanize, I would at 316L. This steel, used in surgical materials for their high biocompatibility, and in marine environments because of its high resistance to corrosion, was the soul of my first handle, U1.

I chose the M5x0.8 metric thread pitch, being the most used in current heads and in the old Gillette’s, so that the handle could be used with the greatest possible range of heads.

Today I’m now completing my second series, U2, and I've made several handles 13, 15, and 20 mm caliber, and different materials. Some handles have crossed the Atlantic and English Channel. Also some handles are now in Australia. This trip, though I getting dizzy, has no return. Always forward. With your support and help. Thank you a lot, my friends. You are wonderful people.

Yours sincerely, Rafael.

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 09-15-2012, 05:15 PM
#2
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Glad to see you posting. You do wonderful work and the nicest Stainless Steel Handles I have ever seen, anywhere or from anyone.

Hope to see some more handles in the future and I'm sure I'll end up with a few eventually.

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 09-15-2012, 05:19 PM
#3
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Welcome to the forum! I've head many great things about the UFOs.

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 09-15-2012, 05:22 PM
#4
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Hello and welcome, Rafael, it is good to have you here.

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 09-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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  • beartrap
  • Resident Цирюльник
  • Southern California
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Great to have you here Rafael, welcome!

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 09-15-2012, 05:23 PM
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Rafa, welcome to this fine community.

Do you have a website where one can view your handles?

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 09-15-2012, 05:35 PM
#7
  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Welcome to the show

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 09-15-2012, 05:38 PM
#8
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Rafael, bem viendo o Shave Nook. Welcome to the Shave Nook.
Thank you for your beautiful handle you made for me quite some time ago. It is a work of art! Congratulations on Sevilla winning, today against Los Blancos. Hee hee.

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 09-15-2012, 05:58 PM
#9
  • TexBilly
  • Moderator Emeritus
  • Austin, TX
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Welcome!!

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 09-15-2012, 05:58 PM
#10
  • Teiste
  • Moderator Emeritus
  • Salt Lake City,UT
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Bienvenido , Rafael.Welcome to TSN.

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 09-15-2012, 06:02 PM
#11
  • DLP
  • Active Member
  • Missouri
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Welcome to TSN.

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 09-15-2012, 06:24 PM
#12
  • freddy
  • Senior Member
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Rafael, and enjoy your stay. Smile

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 09-15-2012, 06:28 PM
#13
  • biggiej42
  • Looney for Rooney
  • Stony Point, NY
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Welcome UFO! I look forward to seeing your new handles.

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 09-15-2012, 10:28 PM
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  • Johnny
  • Super Moderator
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Rafael, welcome to The Shave Nook, and thank you Juan for helping Rafael with the translation and putting our Shave Nook logo on his website.

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 09-16-2012, 12:13 AM
#15
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Hola amigo! Es todo un placer verte aquí Thumbsup

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 09-16-2012, 12:26 AM
#16
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Bienvenido al foro! Tenemos muchas ganas de ver su obra.

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 09-16-2012, 12:42 AM
#17
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Hi Rafael! Hope you enjoy your stay.

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 09-16-2012, 01:58 AM
#18
  • Johan
  • Barberian of the lathering
  • Sweden
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Hi and welcome! I´ve seen pictures of your handles. Very great looking!

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 09-16-2012, 03:25 AM
#19
  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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Rafeal, hello and welcome aboard.

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 09-16-2012, 03:40 AM
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Bienvenido, Maestro!!!Wink

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