10-26-2012, 12:12 PM
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Edit at 01.APR.2013:
Hello friends. The first batch of UFO TiTAN handles is exhausted.
I'm trying to get a new batch of material at a good price to make a second batch, as some of you have expressed interest in these exclusive Titanium handles.
When I have news, I will let you know. The price of the second batch will be reviewed, but I will try to be moderate, or the same as the first batch, but I can not assure it yet.

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UFO Razor Handles - UFO TiTAN has born
www.uforazorhandles.com

Hello friends, I am pleased to introduce the first prototype of
UFO TiTAN
Not sure if it is the first safety razor handle made of Titanium, but what I can say is that it is the first UFO Razor Handles handle is made of this metal.

Background
Back in my early days with the U1, I thought about using Titanium for a handle. In April 2012 there was talk of it in the spanish forum afeitadoclasico.com and in July 2012 I made the purchase of material for 4 or 5 handles. Then, it was a personal project along with two Spanish friends, and I was leaving it for when I had free time. In July and August of 2012 I informed of this project to two friends more. One from New York and one from Australia. Since then, they know the project and the name assigned to it, how could it be otherwise is UFO TiTAN.

Alloy used
I have chosen the alpha-beta alloy grade 5 Titanium, also known as Ti6Al4V, Ti-6Al-4V or simply Ti 6-4. This Titanium alloy is the most widely used, especially in the field of aeronautics, marine, power generation, biomedicine or dentistry. It is an excellent combination of hardness and corrosion resistance, and high biocompatibility. It is the workhorse of the Titanium industry.

It has a chemical composition of 6% aluminum, 4% vanadium, 0.25% (maximum) of iron, 0.2% (maximum) of oxygen and the remainder is Titanium. It is significantly harder than commercially pure Titanium, and maintaining almost all properties. As the density and weight, is approximately 45% lighter than 316L stainless steel, and 60% heavier than aircraft grade aluminum.

The machining process is more complex and expensive, because I have to use a suitable coolant because it is a poor conductor of heat and hard to cool. It also produces a lot of tools with cutting edge deteriorated as a result of the high temperatures in the cutting zone. Knurling is more difficult due to the high hardness, yet produces a very sharp and deep pattern, even more beautiful than steel. Polishing is very expensive too, and achieve a mirror polished finish is difficult. The color tone changes within hours from the bluish color to a metallic brown tone that pairs very well with the nickel plated heads.

The handle
Titanium Grade 5 Alloy Ti6Al4V. 85 mm long. 15/15 mm caliber. 57 g. weight
Thread is M5x0.8. Gillette heads fit well, including the NEW head. The neck ends to 8.5 mm to fit perfectly.

I used my UFO aristocrat knurling, that in this material is clear and deep. This handle is plenty of grip. It is ideal for those who like the 15 mm caliber, but with a light weight. In steel, a handle like this weighs 103 g, and in Titanium, 45% less, 57 gr.

Pre-Orders
Due to the high cost of this material and minimum purchase that I should make, if you are interested in owning a handle as unique as this, with my design and my knurling, you can send your request to info@uforazorhandles.com, and I will study the possibility of making a small series for stakeholders to a price as close as possible, but the price of this handle will exceed twice the price of a normal steel handle, sure.

You can comment all that you want in this thread and I will attend your doubts and questions in the best way possible.

Thanks for all your support, friends. You are wonderful people. I am grateful to everybody.

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 10-26-2012, 12:26 PM
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Very nice handle you created Rafael. The handle looks heavier then it is but I know Titanium is a slight weight metal. Will this handle cost in excess of 100 Euro?

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 10-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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Rafael, wow, what a beautiful handle!
You are doing some amazing work, my friend.

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 10-26-2012, 02:27 PM
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(10-26-2012, 12:26 PM)slantman Wrote: Very nice handle you created Rafael. The handle looks heavier then it is but I know Titanium is a slight weight metal. Will this handle cost in excess of 100 Euro?

No my friend

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 10-26-2012, 02:47 PM
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Gorgeous!

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 10-26-2012, 02:55 PM
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  • beartrap
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Very beautiful indeed.

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 10-26-2012, 05:34 PM
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  • Teiste
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Rafael , you are truly a MASTER! Well done , sir , well done! ClapClapClap

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 10-26-2012, 05:39 PM
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Teiste and friends. Rafael is my friend. He is a simple man, a modest man.
But honestly I think Rafael is THE BOSS!!!
Is it possible that UFO TiTAN be the first Titanium safety razor handle known? I do not know certainly.

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 10-26-2012, 05:40 PM
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  • Teiste
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(10-26-2012, 05:39 PM)Dr Dulcamara Wrote: Teiste and friends. Rafael is my friend. He is a simple man, a modest man.
But honestly I think Rafael is THE BOSS!!!
Is it possible that UFO TiTAN be the first Titanium safety razor handle known? I do not know certainly.

I dont know either , but yes , he is THE BOSS , since I havent seen nothing like that before.

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 10-28-2012, 01:19 PM
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  • gijames
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Wow! heh, certain folks are going to have to create a *10* day week, just to fit all your beautiful creations in their rotation! Wink

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 11-13-2012, 05:41 AM
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I went to the site and I'm having a little difficulty seeing a clear listing of items and prices. Is there such a link?They look very nice!

Thanks!

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 11-13-2012, 10:21 AM
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Oh, forgive me friend if the website is not very clear. The price list is here http://uforazorhandles.blogspot.com.es/p...-list.html

To clarify a little, my friend Juan has added "NOW ON SALE" section under the header too. The parts that interest you are marked with a yellow box in the picture below. Look in the "NOW ON SALE" Section of the right menu bar, also.

Right now, handles on sale are KAISER, GODZILLA, GOLIATH and ZEUS, and I accept pre-orders for TiTAN.

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Also Info for people interested in UFO TiTAN

My friends. I want to tell you that I have already provisioned some Titanium grade 5 rod bars to start the small series to interested friends. The material is in my workshop since yesterday. This week I have to get some special tools and a new knurls set to make sure that the knurling will be perfect, because Titanium is very hard. The life of the knurls with this material is very short.

If any of you want a TiTAN handle, take advantage to make your pre-order before the start of the series, please.

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 12-13-2012, 12:06 PM
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Hello friends. Just to say that a couple days ago the UFO TiTANs were shipped.

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 12-13-2012, 12:13 PM
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Those are beautiful handles, Rafael.

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 12-13-2012, 12:15 PM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Thank you in advance to Rafael and Juan! I am eagerly awaiting my UFO TiTan. The workmanship of the UFO handles is superb ... they are truly pieces of working art. Any chance of a UFO razor head in the future? ...

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 12-13-2012, 03:12 PM
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You lads are very lucky, indeed!

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 12-13-2012, 03:43 PM
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Wow, thats a great looking handle! Machining this is not easy, Great job.

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 12-13-2012, 05:50 PM
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  • ben74
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I wonder if mine will make to Australia by Christmas... What a gift that would be!

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 12-14-2012, 09:50 PM
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What gorgeous handles these are, I hope all who have ordered so far will enjoy theirs and of course post pictures!

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 12-17-2012, 04:13 PM
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WOW, Those are some beauties lucky shavers got those ones.

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