I have made my dent in the shaving world. No, it isn’t due to these articles I have the privilege of writing here.
Way back in 2015, I started using a safety razor. I realized after buying a few second hand razors, that there was a problem.
People did two things – they tended to overtighten the handle, and they tended to mark up the baseplate with a circular mark when they did so, cutting through the chrome plating, or just making an unnecessary mark.
I went to eBay and purchased a package of 100 nylon m5 washers, and placed the washer between the handle and baseplate:
The washer does two things: it protects the baseplate from being damaged by the tightening of the handle, and for people who tighten the handle a little too much, the nylon acts as a buffer that will crush a little first before damaging threads or otherwise stressing the threaded post of the top cap.
I didn’t really tell anyone what I was doing. I sometimes borrowed and loaned razors with Michael Freedberg, who proceeded to use the washers on nearly all the razors in his videos, and commented on it telling people about it.
Apparently, it caught on, because Maggard’s Razors has started selling a pack of 10 m5 washers for $0.99, saying, “Some folks asked for these so here they are…”
And that’s how I unintentionally made a dent in the shaving world.