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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Shaving gear statistics, aka there is an app for that part III.

A few years ago I posted about Shaving Buddy, an Android and iOS app that lets you keep track of your shaving gear statistics. Since I posted about it last, it has gained one major and several minor updates. It is a much more capable app now than it was in 2015, which is why I keep using it.

Having used it for more than a few shaves, I now have quite a bit of shaving gear statistics. Which I’m sure can tell us something about my shaving habits.

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Container for shaving accessories

Once you have a razor and brush, you’ll need somewhere to store them. A container for shaving accessories, if you will. We’ve looked at one before, a patented cabinet for holding shaving requisites. It was, of course, not the only shaving accessories holder patented. Today we’re taking a peek at a 1934 patent for a wall mounted holder.

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Brushless shaving cream spreader cap for collapsible tubes

A little while ago1 I mentioned Nicholas Testi’s dispensing tube patent. Turns out he wasn’t the first to patent a shaving cream spreader cap. Charles W Brynan beat Testi to the punch, and with a simpler idea too. No roller or other moving parts. Just a simple shaving cream spreader cap to put on your tube of shaving cream.

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Another shocking shave

Shaving. A relaxing daily ritual involving water, soap, sharp blades, and – if Sampson W Moon had gotten his way – a risk of a shocking shave. Hot towels, scented lather, and then a casual electrocution. Sounds wonderful.

We’ve looked at a few electric razors before, both battery powered and ones you would plug into the grid. And one that could double as a wood planer… quite terrific stuff. At least Sampson’s invention is not the most scary of the bunch.

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Eugene G Mergenthaler and his band razors

Eugene G Mergenthaler was the son of an inventor,1 and it was perhaps naturally that he tried his hand on inventing himself. While Eugene died young,2 he never the less had three patents to his name. One patented in 1910, when he was just 25 years old, and two more in patented in 1919.

Common to all three patents is the fact that they are band razors. This is a kind of razor that was dreamt up early and then refused to die. Well, at least until cartridges made their debut. The last band razors I’m aware of were the Schick Auto-Band Razor and the Gillette TechMatic.4

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The Untamable Whiskers

Something a bit on the side of what I usually do, but I found it interesting. And tangentially related to beards and moustaces.

Georges Méliès1 was a French illusionist, actor, and one of the first film directors. He led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. He is, perhaps, best known today for his epic science fiction movies Le Voyage dans la Lune and Le Voyage à travers l’impossible. Those were just two of many, many movies he made, some of which served little purpose other than to amaze and intrigue the audience.

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