How to close a razor

How to close a razor

Knives are useful tools for making cuts anywhere. Razors come in a variety of styles with different locking mechanisms to keep the blades secure. Whichever style of knife you use, you should be able to close it easily and keep it safely in your pocket.

Close knives without blocking

Hold the razor by the sides of the handle. Make sure your fingers are not over the slot where the razor blade will go. Hold the razor firmly, with the heel of your palm and thumb on one side, and the pads of your fingers on the other. [1]

  • Always point the blade away from the body. This way, if it slips from your hand, the blade will fall away from you.

Grab the back of the blade with your dominant hand. Hold the dull side of the blade between your thumb and fingers. Many knives have a ridge along the top of the blade for a better grip. [two]

  • Keep your fingers well supported on the blade so you don’t slip and cut yourself.

Keep the blade in the slot slowly. Make sure the sharp edge of the blade is fully seated in the slot. Once the knife is closed, it should not open by itself. [3]

    • Work with both hands until you feel comfortable opening and closing the razor. Once you feel confident in handling the razor, you can practice closing the razor with one hand.
    • Push the back of the blade against a solid surface to close it without using your fingers.

Close knives with inline lock and frame lock

Find the part of the line or frame behind the blade at the bottom of the handle. Inline and frame locks move a portion of the outer or inner sheath behind the blade to secure the razor in place. Look for a small jagged portion directly behind the blade. [4]

The inline lock uses a portion of the inner liner to hold the blade in place, while the frame lock uses a portion of the razor’s outer shell. [5]

Separate the inline or frame lock from the blade with your thumb. Hold the blade so that the sharp side is facing up. Move the locking mechanism so that it is not in contact with the blade. The razor will feel like it has less tension once you release the lock. [6]

  • By holding the knife upside down, you will prevent the blade from hitting your thumb when you move the locking mechanism.

Move your thumb before closing the blade with your dominant hand. Hold the blade with your other hand while moving your thumb. Make sure the blade goes all the way into the slot. [7]
  • Inline and frame locks do not keep the blade closed, so care must be taken when carrying or handling these types of knives.

Securing a button lock razor

Hold the knife by the top of the handle with your dominant hand. 
  • Do not wrap the bottom of your fingers around the handle or you could cut yourself when closing the razor. Push-lock razors can be easily operated with one hand, although you may want to practice locking with two hands first. [8]

Press the button on the handle with your thumb. 
  • The lock button is located on the handle, near the base of the blade. Depending on the brand and style of the razor, the button may look different, but it usually looks like a small cylinder sticking out of the surface of the razor. Press the button to release the lock. [9]
  • If you’re having trouble pressing the button, look inside the locking mechanism to see if there’s any obstruction. Blow on it or use a small wire to clean the debris inside.

Use your non-dominant hand to push the blade closed. Once the button is pressed, the blade will feel looser and you can easily snap it back into place. Be sure to keep your fingers away from the kerf as you close the razor. Most button locks will keep the blade locked unless you press the button again. [10]

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