How To Take Apart The Japanese Feather Razor

image of a thumb pushing down to take apart blade holder of a Japanese Feather Razor

Push down and away with thumb.

In this post I’m going to teach you how to take apart the Japanese Feather Razor, which is a pretty straight forward process  The particular model I am using is the Artist Club “SS”.

All you need to do is push down on the part of the razor that has the seam and push parallel to the spine, but in the opposite direction of the monkey tail.  If you do this the razor should open right up and you should be able to clean it with no problem.

I recommend taking the blade out before attempting to take it apart.  Since you are going to be pushing down, out and away to get it apart, you could end up with a nasty cut if you slipped by mistake.

Image of the blade holder of the Japanese Feather razor disassembled.

Feather Artist Club SS disassembled.

As you can see from the image on the right, the Feather can get a little dirty on the inside.  By taking it apart you are able to clean up the soap residue that gets left behind on the inside.

Also, I have noticed that sometimes the actual blades themselves can rust a little bit, leaving behind a reddish stain.  However, a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip takes it right off.

Another interesting thing to note, is that the part of the razor that holds the blade is completely smooth even though there are holes in the blades.  This means you really don’t have to worry about lining the holes in the blade up with anything.  All you have to do is make sure that the blade is pushed all the way in.  The tension of the spring pushes up, causing the top part of the blade holder to push down against the blade.

To put the razor back together all you need to do is line up the “hinges”, for lack of a better word, with their respective holes, push down and then slide it in.  I’ve drawn red arrows to the points on the holder in the image above to show you what needs to be lined up.  You have to put the “hinges” to the left of the holes that they slide into, push down, and then push the top towards the monkey tail.

Here’s a short video I made showing the process:

As always, if you have any questions or comments leave them below.  🙂

Meet the Author

Thomas got into wet shaving in 2010 when he bought a Dovo Shavette and would go on to buy a straight razor four months later. Since then he has purchased many other types of razors including feather and safety razors. He reviews their performance on this blog.

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