Shave of the day 31st March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Teatree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ teatree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Sensitive Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Shave of the day 29th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Cadet TTO-13 Twist To Open with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

A crank magnet for the cart crowd

Remember those old patens I’ve posted about that revolves around the idea of using magnets to – allegedly – keep your razors sharp? Turns out that the magnet-cranks have not died out yet… I present for your amusement a patent from 2014: Magnetic Blade Sharpener by a couple of German gentlemen.

Being a German patent, the patent text read a bit more poetically than most current US patents. Even so, the crankiness stands out:

Magnetic blade sharpener according to claim 1, characterized in that – the magnetic sharpening of individual magnets which – with or without a frame are made into a magnet block with alternating poles or – which is already configured as a magnet block with individual magnets in adjacent oppositely directed polarity and – with the tray body the filing and re-sharpening device is one-sided integral multipolar or two-sided multi-polar pronounced.

Uuuuhm.. if you place South to North and vice-versa you’ll pretty much cancel out most of the magnetism, in short you’ll end up with a much weaker magnetic field than you would otherwise.
Not that it matters much, since magnets don’t magically sharpens razors anyhow.

What is it about magnets and razors?

In the parade of crackpots, I present to you the patent “Magnetic razor conditioning and device therefor“, being a “simple and effective means for producing or maintaining a good magnetic influence” from 1927 by John S Forber.

Ooookay. The OCR on the google patent is pretty bad, but I’m assuming it’s the same crank idea that placing your razor blade in a magnatic field will magically either sharpen it or keep it from getting dull.

It is kind of funny how Mr Forber made sure to explain in his patent that a razor is made up of:

…a pronged guard 18, a curved clamp head 14, and a handle 15 adjustably connected to the head 14.

I almost wondr if Mr Forber believed that his device worked best for Open Comb razors… which makes sence if you know a little about magnetic fields, but not enough to grasp that magnets don’t sharpen blades.

The notches on either side of the main magnets seems to be intended to either ‘demaginitise’ the blade, or allow the blade to rest in closer contact with the magnet, or possible both. As mentioned the patent obviously didn’t OCR well, and the parts of the description I can make out is – as often is the case – verbose yet confusing.

Shave of the day 20th March

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Mike’s Natural Soap Orange, Cedarwood & Black Pepper shavestick
Brush: Omega #10048 boar
Razor: Cadet TTO-11 Twist To Open Open Comb with a fresh Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb