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That perfect moment caught between lather and blade; the little breathing space where it's you, your razor and perfection. Wetshaver, approximate wood worker, career military, blogger, avid reader

Upcoming 17-4 razor from BullGoose

SAE Type 630 stainless steel, commonly known as 17-4 PH, or simply 17-4. For the technically inclined, it’s a martensitic precipitation hardened stainless steel containing about 15–17.5% chromium and 3–5% nickel, as well as 3–5% copper. Machinability is comparable to 304 steel, but 17-4 is magnetic and combines high levels of strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. For the less technically inclined, all one really need to know is that it’s a good material for making stainless steel razors.

Which is probably a small part of the reason why Phil of BullGoose has picked it as the material for the new stainless steel razor he hopes to have out in time for the holidays. More on the backstory and the other reasons for picking 17-4 in this thread1 over on my favourite2 shaving forum, which is also where Phil shared a photo of the plastic prototype. I rather like the clean, classic lines of this upcoming razor.

Photo by Phil

1) Phil also posted about it on BullGoose, if you prefer reading it there.
2) Disclosure; I’m on the moderator team, so off course it’s my favorite.

The King Oscillator and the Rotary King razors

A few1 years ago I wrote a short post on a 1933 oscillating razor. Further searching online revealed that it was sold under the name King Oscillator. And to my joy, patents for it are available online.

Photo and blurb from Modern Mechanix, March 1933

I have also found the design patent for it, namely US design patent2 75,147. Comparing the photo of the razor – especially the handle – as it appeared in Modern Mechanix and the patent drawings, it is most likely the same razor.

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King Oscillator advertisement

Think that weird and wonderful razors needing special blades were a thing of the early days of safety razors? Would this advertisement for a King Oscillator from 1946 change your mind?

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 16, 1946.

I found this advertisement as I was writing a different and longer blog post about the King Oscillator and the Rotary King razors… so consider this a teaser for next week.

Janos Oscar Plesch’s double double edged blade

Some inventions are solutions in search of problems. The double double edged blade is a prime example, double so in J O Plesch’s itteration of the idea. Not just a double double edged blade, but attempting to be a slant at the same time. And likely prone to blade chatter. However, as the patent explains, his intentions were good:

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