Razor repair help.

CjH

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Anyone out thier had this on thier Gillette Slimtwist.

Any thoughts on how to repair and close the gap between the handle and the screw mechanism? IMG_20210115_174027.jpg
 
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It happens ...

Holding the crack together with finger/thumb, gently wiggle the handle until it comes away from the head. From memory, it fits onto a stub about a centimetre long.

With the handle off the head, use a cocktail stick to dot some epoxy into the inside of the handle down the top hole taking a lot of care not to get any on the very top or outside. Just a little will do! Push the handle back onto the stub. This will do two things: first, it'll glue the handle back on; second, some of the epoxy will be forced into the crack from the back which will give it some strength without it looking too ugly from the outside. Secure with a rubber band until dry which will hopefully help keep the crack closed up a bit.

When pushing back on, ensure it's not pressed up too high that you can't operate the twist mechanism.
 
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CjH

CjH

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425
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Bedford
It happens ...

Holding the crack together with finger/thumb, gently wiggle the handle until it comes away from the head. From memory, it fits onto a stub about a centimetre long.

With the handle off the head, use a cocktail stick to dot some epoxy into the inside of the handle down the top hole taking a lot of care not to get any on the very top or outside. Just a little will do! Push the handle back onto the stub. This will do two things: first, it'll glue the handle back on; second, some of the epoxy will be forced into the crack from the back which will give it some strength without it looking too ugly from the outside. Secure with a rubber band until dry which will hopefully help keep the crack closed up a bit.

When pushing back on, ensure it's not pressed up too high that you can't operate the twist mechanism.
Hi
Thanks for that... Must be a Yorkshire mind thing.... Coz I was doing the ext thi g you said but I hadn't even read your message.
 
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CjH

CjH

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So here's what I did if anyone is interested.

Attempt 1.
At first I put the handle end in some boiled hot water left it for a min and it slipped straight of the top part.
I first attempted to spread the split open and use a pin to put some epoxy in it, then wrapped a bit of copper wire round it and twisted it tight.... However the epoxy didn't have enough to set in the split so it didn't work.
Attempt 2.
I checked the size of the metal post with the hole of the handle and found that it was identical in size (around 6.5mm) if not a hair smaller on the handle, hence as soon as the head post was inserted into the handle the split opened wider. So I carefully drilled a 7mm hole so that the head post would slide in and out without friction. I then loosely wrapped a bit of copper wire around it in Preparation, I mixed a second batch of epoxy, spread it on the inside of the handle, (tip.... Use baby wipes to remove any excess/stray epoxy works a treat) then inserted the head post. Carefully align the head and handle, Now carefully twist the copper wire to close the split.
Lets see if it's worked in the morning.

A couple of pics below for your perusal.
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That should do the job.
I'd probably throw the handle away when/if my one splits, and make up a nice wooden handle (something Joris looking)..
But some folks don't have the time or the tools to faff about (unlike me).
Your repair should last a few+ more years though.
They are not a bad wee razor are they?
I have one as my travel razor.
 

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That should do the job.
I'd probably throw the handle away when/if my one splits, and make up a nice wooden handle (something Joris looking)..
But some folks don't have the time or the tools to faff about (unlike me).
Your repair should last a few+ more years though.
They are not a bad wee razor are they?
I have one as my travel razor.
Is that an offer for a 1 off?
Just saying like:)
 
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CjH

CjH

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So I removed the copper wire.
It's still intact. The split is visible but nowhere near as big as it originally was.
Lets see what happens over the coming months. It's not one of my frequently used razors.. More sentimental, it was my dad's, not 100% sure it was his originally mind. IMG_20210116_121935.jpg
 
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