Disposable preassembled plastic razor

What was it with the late sixties and early seventies that made people want to fill up the landfills with plastic? Earlier this week we looked at a plastic razor, and here we got another disposable preassembled plastic razor. Or, to you and me who dabble in traditional wetshaving;1 piece of plastic junk.

At a casual glance, the razor patented by Paul A Braginetz2 looks remarkable similar to the semi-disposable double edge razor3 I got in my drawer. Major differences in in the arrangement of the blade aligning studs, and that it came with both an open comb and a safety bar.

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Double edge injector

A few days ago we looked at a guard bar for safety razors. In that post, I mentioned wanting to take a look at a patent for a double edge injector. Guess what we’re doing today? That’s right – we’re looking at the double edge injector!

The patent was filed by Gerald Stahl and Charles A Johnson Jr in 1961, and granted four years later. And it is delightfully detailed and lavishly illustrated. Even the full title is quite a mouthful; “Injector razor having means for flexing a flexible double edge blade as it moves into position and arrangements for operating the same”.

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Artificial Intelligence meets Traditional Shaving

Traditional shaving isn’t my only interest in this world. I also like wood turning, military history, old computers, and suchlike. So it tickled my interest when a co-worker pointed me towards ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence project for producing text. Since he had had some decent results on subject that interest him, I decided to have a go and see what it would produce from the prompt “A blogpost on traditional shaving, of about 500 words.“.

So without further ado, I present ChatGPT’s take on our hobby:

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Shave of the day 9th December

Razor: Schick G4

Blade: Personna Injector

Brush: Artesania Romera Manchurian Badger, imitation horn

Pre-Shave: O Way Softening Shaving Cream

Lather: B&M Latha Oceana

Aftershave: Barber No3 Marmara

Additional Care: Alum Block

SOTD 2022 12 09

It is interesting how a fantastic shave can be both the expected outcome, and at the same time a pleasant surprise…