Eight shoot “revolver razor”

There are good ideas. There are bad ideas. And there are weird ideas. And this patent – which I can only think of as a revolver razor – is definitely a weird idea. Although I’m sure the intentions were good. Imaginably titled “disposable multi-bladed safety razor”, the patent was filed by Mr William M Choate in September 1966, and granted two and a half years later.

The basic idea is sound; Why should a disposable razor be good for only one – or at best, a few – shave?

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Disposable razor suitable for injector blades

Not all razors are meant to become heirlooms. Some are meant simply to be a disposable razor. Or, as Roy E Mullen said it in his 1966 patent application:

There are many occasions when an individual would find the use of a good razor to be a comfort and convenience, under circumstances where the services of a barber are not readily available and where it is either undesirable or uneconomical to purchase an ordinary razor.

From US patent 3,413,720
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Corrosion free shaving lather

Be it known that I, FRANK G. FOWLER, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements Relating to Shaving-Lather, and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, which will enable others skilled in the art to make, practice, and use the same.

Frank G Fowler, in the ingress to US patent 638,804
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A Seabrook safety razor patent

No, not the razor I mentioned last week. Patented five years after that advertisement, this Seabrook safety razor used blades reminiscent of the Christy razor.

The patent was filed in 1905 by Henry and Percy Seabrook, and published the year after. There is not much claims made in the patent. In fact, the only claim made is how the blade is secured.

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Shaving units and dispensers therefor

Back in 1965 Mr Bernard S Hansom filed a patent. It was not a unique event, Mr Hansom filed a dozen or so patents in the 60’s. But what caught my eye was the title; Shaving units and dispensers therefor.

And judging by the drawings it is an absolute unit too; broad and thick. But what exactly is a shaving unit, and why would it need dispensers?

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Razor cleaner

Back in 1901 Mr Ernest F Ogborn patented a razor cleaner, presumably because he was tired of using razor cleaning paper. I briefly mentioned this patent when I discussed the sanitary package, but I figured a closer look could be fun.

As a reminder, a razor cleaning paper was1 a soft paper used for wiping excess lather and moisture of a straight edge razor. While nothing particularly special or difficult to get hold of, a barber would go through a lot of them during the day. This would create waste, as well as costing money. Mr Ogborn had a handy solution to both issues.

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Barber’s aseptic shaving cup

In 1913 Joseph Lupowitz and Benjiman Mackilbank1 jointly invented and patented an aseptic shaving cup, described in the patent introduction as:

…a novel form of barbers aseptic shaving cup insuring to the barbers customer, the use of an aseptic shaving cup, aseptic brush and aseptic soap.


Compared to the disposable shaving cup I discussed a couple of days ago, this goes one better by including a brush.

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