Shave of the day 3rd June 2024

  • Razor: Autostrop VC2
  • Blade: Feather FHS-10
  • Brush: Artesania Romera Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
  • Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream
  • Lather: Mike’s Natural Soaps Peppermint & Rosemary
  • Aftershave: Barber No3 Marmara
  • Additional Care: Alum Block

New week, new shave, and a return to the VC2.

Shave of the day 27th May 2024

  • Razor: Ever Ready 1914
  • Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
  • Brush: Brush Experimental Alpha
  • Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream
  • Lather: Taylor of Old Bond Street Peppermint
  • Aftershave: Barber No3 Marmara
  • Additional Care: Alum Block
SOTD 2024 05 27

Another week and another shave. It is such a great way to start a Monday.

Shave of the day 22nd May 2024

  • Razor: GEM 1912
  • Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
  • Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
  • Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream
  • Lather: Mike’s Natural Soaps Pine & Cedarwood
  • Aftershave: Proraso Wood and Spice
  • Additional Care: Alum Block
SOTD 2024 05 22

A nice and woodsy Wednesday shave.

Shave of the day 20th May 2024

  • Razor: GEM 1912
  • Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
  • Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
  • Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream
  • Lather: Mike’s Natural Soaps Hungarian Lavender
  • Aftershave: Nivea Cooling After Shave Balm
  • Additional Care: Alum Block
SOTD 2024 05 20

A fine shave on a relaxed Monday morning.

Griffbefestigung an Rasierapparaten – handle attachment to shaving apparatus

It is easy to forget, as one is looking at old patents online, that not every inventor spoke English. I’ve looked at several interesting non-english patents in the past, and stumbled over an interesting looking one today too. It is for how to do attach a handle to your shaving apparatus. Or to put it in a different way; a handle attachment to your razor.

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Shave of the day 15th May 2024

A lovely midweek shave on a warm Wednesday morning

  • Razor: GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf
  • Blade: GEM Single Edge Stainless
  • Brush: Semogue TSN LE 2012
  • Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream
  • Lather: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Aftershave: Asylum Shave Works Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Additional Care: Alum Block
SOTD 2024 05 15

Aloe’s Folding Razor

A razor can take up space in a gentleman’s vest-pocket… a problem several inventors searched for a solution to, including Mr Albert S Aloe. He came up with a folding razor all the way back in 1886.

Described, unsurprisingly, as a new and useful improvement in safety razors, Albert didn’t have the benefit of the thin replaceable blade. Like most razors of this era he had to work with a wedge blade. A wedge blade is chunkier than a modern razor blade, but also has the benefit that it can be stropped and honed.

In hindsight his razor is simple enough. A couple of pieces of sheet metal, shaped to hold and clamp a razor blade. The blade holder and guard were made to fold flat when not in use. In some ways you could see it as a folding version of John Monks’ razor.

Patent drawing showing Mr Aloe's foldign razor
Patent drawing for US patent 375,592

It is worth noting that the first claim in the patent isn’t the razor per se. Rather it is for the spiral guard, which was meant to ‘carry the lather endwise’ when the razor was used. Or in simpler words; keep the lather out of the way.

The blade was held in place by a spring loaded catch. This also made sure the distance between the edge and the guard stayed constant, even as the edge was gently worn away by stropping and honing. You could say the blade was self adjusting to keep it working as intended.

I see no reason why Aloe’s folding razor shouldn’t work as intended, nor any reason why a version couldn’t be made for a GEM blade. At the same time I see no reason why anyone would want one today, as it is unergonomic and looks like a kludge.

You can read the full patent for Aloe’s folding razor at Google Patents.