Fingerspitzengefühl razor

Fingerspitzengefühl [ˈfɪŋɐˌʃpɪtsənɡəˌfyːl] is a German term, literally meaning “finger tips feeling” and meaning intuitive flair or instinct, which has been adopted by the English language as a loanword. And what can be more intuitive than running your fingers over your face? At least that seems to have been the logic of James D Millar, who was granted a patent on a fingerspitzengefühl razor in 1910.

Millard’s razor can be described as lacking a handle, like the better known Gronbech razors1 do. But like the later, it does have a handle – just not a normal one.

The razor is interesting in it’s own right too. With a more normal handle, it could have done well. Or perhaps not – competition was fierce in the early days of safety razors.

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Shave of the day 9th September 2022

Razor: Merkur (?) NOS Bakelite Slant

Blade: Shark Super Chrome

Brush: Vie-Long #14033

Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream

Lather: Sample – Pereira Powdered Shaving Soap

Aftershave: Sample – Epsilon Amber

Additional Care: Alum Block

Keeping on with my Sample September. The soap powder I got a few years back, but I believe it is available from Pereira these days.

Pocket safety razor

Some times you need to shave on the Go. That means that sometimes you will need a safety razor in your pocket – a pocket safety razor if you like. And while a great many have been patented, Mr P A Benet’s pocket safety razor is one of the earliest I am aware of. It is a neat little Single Edge razor too, just in time for Single Edge September

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Shave of the forenoon 7th September 2022

Razor: Merkur (?) NOS Bakelite Slant

Blade: Shark Super Chrome

Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger

Pre-Shave: Proraso Pre Shave Cream

Lather: Sample – Dr Harris & Co Luxury Lather Almond Shaving Cream

Aftershave: Sample – Epsilon 03 Amber

Additional Care: Alum Block

Continuing my Sample September. Today’s aftershave certainly had enough alcohol, and the scent – after being on my skin for a while – reminds me of baby powder.

Sanitary case for toilet articles and other uses

Everyone likes to store their razor somewhere. Some likes a cabinet on the wall. Some likes a smaller container you can’t get your blade out of. And some like to keep a sanitary case in their pocket. And it was the last group Mr Stephen Woods targeted with his 1909 patent application.

Touted as a “new and useful Improvements in Sanitary. Cases for Toilet Articles and other Uses”, the invention is reminiscent of the WW1 Service Sets and the Gillette Khaki Kit in layout. It differs in how it works though.

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A neat folded sheet metal razor

The world of razors was an exiting place at the turn of the last century. Not only was the Kampfe-Star for sale and King Gillette patented his now iconic safety razor, while razors like the Diamond Edge and Curbo were trying to undercut even the cheap Christy razors. But around the same time you also had people like Guy Osborne and John Elmer Parkison patenting things like folded sheet metal razors. And it is the folded sheet metal razor of Mr Parkison I want to share today.

Mr Parkison filed his patent in 1905, and had it granted almost three years later. I find it interesting because it not only show the construction of the razor in detail, but also details how the blades for it could be made in a continuous strip.

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Raymond V Acken and the tube mounted safety razor

There have been plenty of patents designed to reduce the need to use both a razor and a lathering device. In the past we have looked at a couple of disposable razors with cream in the handle. We smiled at the combination razor and brush. And I’ve shown off an overly complicated brushless razor. But I think my new favourite in this narrow field is Raymond V Acken and his safety razor.

Not favourite as in “I would want one”, mind you. Favourite as in “what the f… was he thinking?”.

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