Help - I have buggered up my Merkur Progress

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Well, during my every other week cleaning of my trusty Merkur Progress I applied too much pressure in a downward direction (after correctly unscrewing the cap) and the bottom toggle has slipped out of the handle.

Visible is a metal clamp that sits around the shaft in the recess between the dial and the surround.

Now the thing is I cannot get the handle back inside the shaft with the ring attached as shown, the handle without the ring slides back into the shaft and secures the cap of the razor just fine, but it is a complete pain in the neck when changing blades as the bottom slider falls right out. The razor still shaves perfectly, I just do not want to damage a part I cannot easily get.

Suffice to say I am hopeless with my hands (if you had not already guessed) and I am unsure how to fix this issue, I have not attempted forcing the shaft back in with too much pressure as I am afraid I will distend/fatigue the ring and it will be useless.

If someone can fix my beloved progress, I will pay for postage both ways and make it worth your while.

Any help appreciated, sorry to be a pain in the neck with this too :)
 

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The only thing that comes to my mind is to ship it to all those people who provide an after-market knob (mergress, digress, etc.)

Very sorry to see that - unfortunately I am also very hopeless when it comes to these things :(
 

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That, my friend is colloquially known as a C clip.
It requires compression to be inserted, which when releases, expands and 'locks' shit together.
Put the clip on the shaft, compress it with thumb and finger while pushing up with the base of your palm until you've enough to slide it into place.
A bit of your chosen thin lubricant around the outer housing might assist as well :)

Good luck, yet not really, you don't need it, as this is a walk in once you know what to do :)
 

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That, my friend is colloquially known as a C clip.
It requires compression to be inserted, which when releases, expands and 'locks' shit together.
Put the clip on the shaft, compress it with thumb and finger while pushing up with the base of your palm until you've enough to slide it into place.
A bit of your chosen thin lubricant around the outer housing might assist as well :)
I applied pressure to the 'C clip' and subsequently effected the locking of shit together as the shaft slid back into the housing where it can freely rotate. It's back in the shaft, where it will stay.

Thanks mate, I owe you a beer.
 

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I'm glad you now know how to disassemble and reassemble this, to clean the internals :)
I discovered this the same way you did, by accident and took a bit to figure out as well, so don't feel bad mate.
 

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I'm glad you now know how to disassemble and reassemble this, to clean the internals :)
I discovered this the same way you did, by accident and took a bit to figure out as well, so don't feel bad mate.
My main concern was distending the 'C' clip and having to write to .de for another one or source one from a parts catalogue somewhere in aussie, as you probably know the progress does not need the ring per se, it just prevents the lower adjustment knob from dropping out of the housing with each blade change as well as seating the threaded axle inside the housing a little more comfortably.

I generally keep my kit fairly clean, using a little of the oil from my beard clippers occasionally to keep things lubricated particularly where there is a thread and scrubbing it down with an old toothbrush and some mild detergent to remove any residual soap and gunk. To be honest I doubt I will intentionally remove the pole again with the adjustment knob, the C clip does not strike me as being particularly well made and I'm betting they go out of whack fairly easily.

A learning experience for sure, cheers again for being on hand with the practical advice...and the 'lingo' in regards to the 'metal clamp' ala C Clip.

You will have to join bald as and I for that beer, my shout ofc ;)
 

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My main concern was distending the 'C' clip and having to write to .de for another one or source one from a parts catalogue somewhere in aussie, as you probably know the progress does not need the ring per se, it just prevents the lower adjustment knob from dropping out of the housing with each blade change as well as seating the threaded axle inside the housing a little more comfortably.

I generally keep my kit fairly clean, using a little of the oil from my beard clippers occasionally to keep things lubricated particularly where there is a thread and scrubbing it down with an old toothbrush and some mild detergent to remove any residual soap and gunk. To be honest I doubt I will intentionally remove the pole again with the adjustment knob, the C clip does not strike me as being particularly well made and I'm betting they go out of whack fairly easily.

A learning experience for sure, cheers again for being on hand with the practical advice...and the 'lingo' in regards to the 'metal clamp' ala C Clip.

You will have to join bald as and I for that beer, my shout ofc ;)
Now for the airfare :p
 
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