Surveys are great aren’t they? Well, OK, let me specify. Surveys are great when the outcome suits you.
Thomas Clipper, the super-suave men’s brand, recently conducted a survey amongst its customers to ask them what they wanted to see next from the brand. Second only to a cologne (which is now in stores, BUY BUY BUY) came a razor stand.
Many customers, like me, thought it a great idea to have somewhere to keep their safety razor and shaving brush when not in use.
So Matt and Tony tasked me with designing a stand that matched their brand’s minimalist design ethos and remained functional. It needed to suit the traveller and not take up too much space in the bathroom. And it had to hold every hand-turned TC shaving brush as well as the razors.
The result is below: a simple-looking design that is surprisingly complex to make.
Made from Pippy Oak, with all its burrs and “cat’s paws”, each razor stand looks different. It can also be personalised with the customer’s initials thanks to my latest toy, a mini laser-engraver.
The angle and aperture of the brush hole was tricky to get right because of the tiny variations that come from hand-turning the brushes.
The slots that allow the two pieces to come together need to be incredibly tight so as to avoid drooping. Below is a picture of some of the jigs I had to make to keep the prototypes consistent.
Anyway, enough chit-chat: go and order yours at https://www.thomasclipper.com/handmade-anniversary-razor-stand-kim-jordan/ now and make me a happy man. Oh and you can have a laugh at my camera manners whilst you’re at it…