Intro[edit | edit source]
When I began shaving with a straight, I located a razor I had bought a long time ago but never really used. It was stored in the plastic case that it had when purchased. Its fit was rather tight and I managed to break the case one morning while opening it. Snapped it clean off and it was irreparable. I decided to design and make a cardstock paper case for my razor as a replacement. I’ve read, in these forums, mention of making paper boxes but couldn’t find either tutorials or templates for them. Drawing from past experience in packaging manufacture, I felt this was something I could give to the straight razor community
Materials[edit | edit source]
The templates I’ve drawn are primarily for 2 different repurposed materials, empty Puffs brand tissue boxes and hanging/manila folders. Each material has a different thickness and the templates have been adjusted for a good fit in the completed case. The tissues box’s printed side will tend to crack when folded as an outside edge, so it is best to have the plain side as the exterior. Templates:20120306074407029.pdf20120306074420553.pdf
The attached templates are in .pdf format and have been sized to print on letter sized paper.
The cases consist of 3 separate pieces that friction fit together and the material thickness is critical to a proper fit. They have been designed to hold my 5/8 razor and will not fit all razors. If you want to make a different size case, using this tutorial, there are 2 options; if you are familiar with CAD software, pm me with your email address and I will send a .dwg file you may modify to suit your needs, if you go this route, please consider posting a .pdf for others to use. Option 2, you can send a pm to me with your desired outside dimensions and the thickness /type of material you plan to use in making your case along with your email address. Subject to my availability to design your case, I will email you the template as a pdf and post it for others to use as well.
Tools needed[edit | edit source]
Cutting board, scotch tape, Exacto knife, straight edge, creasing tool and glue. The creasing tool I’m using is a section of bamboo skewer used for ke-babs, with the point rounded off and smoothed. Many other items could work as well. I’m using glue stick, but other glues could be acceptable too. You probably will not want to use your razor instead of the Exacto knife.
Tutorial[edit | edit source]
Choose your material and determine which side will be the interior. This is the side you will cut and crease. Print the template onto regular letter size paper and cut out each piece leaving a good sized border. Cut two triangular pieces from each template as shown and tape across them. These will hold the template in place even after the perimeter has been fully cut. Secure the outer edges of the template to the material using scotch tape.