Razor strop hanger

Be it known that I, FRANK H. ANDERSON, residing at Milwaukee, in the county of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Razor- Strop Hangers, of which the following is a description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, which are a part of this specification

From US patent 721,654

There is more to a shave than a razor. And before cheap, replaceable razor blades were a thing, you needed a razor strop and a way to hang it. And it is the way to hang it that Frank H Anderson1 filed a patent for in 1902.

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A straight edge safety razor

We all know what we mean when we say “safety razor”. It is a razor with a a protective device positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin. On the traditional hoe razors we all know and love, this can be a comb, a bar, or a scalloped bar. But back in 1890’s the standard for razors were the straight. And of course someone tried to invent a straight edge safety razor.

The earliest one I am aware of Perret, in 1762. But after that there were several attempts, including Zammet in 1881. But in 1897 Richard Sherman Bradley came up with something slightly new – a straight razor that could either be used as a safety razor or as a regular striaght.

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Safety razor blade receptacle

Remember Nicolas Testi and his shaving cream dispensing tube? Turns out that was not his first rodeo patent. He also – on behalf of Gillette – patented a safety razor blade receptacle.1

The patent is classified by the US patent office as B65D83/10. Or, in layman’s terms, as pertaining2 to containers or packages with special means for dispensing contents for dispensing thin flat articles in succession for dispensing razor-blades

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