09-19-2022, 03:33 PM
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I love the looks of some of the Durham razors but the proprietary blades for them are junk and it's a waste of time and energy to make one halfway shave worthy. As shown in my SOTD this morning I used my Durham razor with a Feather Pro blade. I plan to do some more testing to find something even more user friendly but for now this is what I have. Simple mod that takes 5 minutes. Unsure if this will work on all of them simply for snugness of top cap. May have to come up with a potential shim to help.

Please use caution if doing this. Blades are obviously sharp and since I'm using a Dremel, I used eye protection.

Taking the top cap off your Durham shows the 2 locking posts shown here.
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Take you AC blade and center in the razor as shown here. Use a pencil, Sharpie, etc. And mark where the posts are on the blade.
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I used my Dremel with the style blade shown here and cut a notch at the 2 marked spots.
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Since it's a DE style razor, and to keep the top cap even, I placed the blade on top another AC blade, marked the gaps, and repeated the Dremel cuts.
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I used the proprietary blade to judge blade exposure and placed my 2 AC blades the same. Using a light smear of shave cream can help hold the AC blades in place.
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You will probably have to tweak the blade after top cap is on. Looking at the top you will see where you can use a paperclip or thin tweezers or whatever to adjust at each corner or at the posts. Once you get it evened up and how you want, you're good to go!
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Here are a couple of images of blade position on an OC version of you don't have a proprietary blade. If anyone needs more pics or anything let me know.
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 09-19-2022, 04:29 PM
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Interesting and hope it shaves well for you.  Good luck!  ?

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 09-19-2022, 04:37 PM
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(09-19-2022, 04:29 PM)Chappy Wrote: Interesting and hope it shaves well for you.  Good luck!  ?

Thanks! 1st shave did great! BBS with no issues. Gii g to give the OC version a run in the AM.

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 09-19-2022, 05:12 PM
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Great tutorial and photos.  Is this a one time project for the hell of it, or do you plan to keep modifying Feather AC blades?

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 09-19-2022, 05:25 PM
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(09-19-2022, 05:12 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Great tutorial and photos.  Is this a one time project for the hell of it, or do you plan to keep modifying Feather AC blades?

With the results so far, I'll keep modifying. I have a generic AC blade, not as sharp as the Feather, that I first modded just to see if it would work before switching over to the Feather.

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 09-20-2022, 02:34 AM
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Nice work Fredie!  This looks like one heck of a project.

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 09-20-2022, 03:39 AM
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It's a shame good blades aren't available anymore, or were they always bad? Maybe that's why they weren't that popular. 

The only blades I've found are the pathology blades and they're pretty painful to shave with.

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 09-20-2022, 04:56 AM
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(09-20-2022, 03:39 AM)TobyC Wrote: It's a shame good blades aren't available anymore, or were they always bad? Maybe that's why they weren't that popular. 

The only blades I've found are the pathology blades and they're pretty painful to shave with.

I have a pack of NOS Durham blades and they are not good. I tried one once and felt the same in regards to lack of popularity. I kept the pack for display purposes.

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 09-20-2022, 10:58 AM
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(09-20-2022, 04:56 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(09-20-2022, 03:39 AM)TobyC Wrote: It's a shame good blades aren't available anymore, or were they always bad? Maybe that's why they weren't that popular. 

The only blades I've found are the pathology blades and they're pretty painful to shave with.

I have a pack of NOS Durham blades and they are not good. I tried one once and felt the same in regards to lack of popularity. I kept the pack for display purposes.

Well alright then, that saves me from buying those,  Wink  I've thought about it every time I've seen them on the bay, but never heard anyone brag about those the way they do about some of the other vintage blades.

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 09-25-2022, 02:57 PM
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Thanks for the advice but it seems too much work needs to be done. I just hone the original blade and use them. You can get the stropper from Durham SR styled shavette.

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 09-25-2022, 03:23 PM
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(09-25-2022, 02:57 PM)newrfb Wrote: Thanks for the advice but it seems too much work needs to be done. I just hone the original blade and use them. You can get the stropper from Durham SR styled shavette.

To each their own. I was just providing an option that can be done in less or same amount of time it takes to strop a proprietary blade that's only getting harder and harder to find.

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