Thursday, 31 December 2015

Out with the old, in with the new

Time passes fast when one is doing something one enjoy, and yet another year has passed.

I still enjoy traditional wetshaving, so I'll keep on doing that... and I also enjoy blogging about it and talking about it on my favourite shave forum, so I'll keep on doing those things too.

My den haven't grown by much the last year, but my technique keeps getting sharper - if y'all excuse the pun - and in the end it's the shave that counts, not how many razors, brushes or soaps one has in rotation.

So in short, I wish you all a nice, peaceful and well shaven new year!

Til árs ok friðar!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Shave of the day 30th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristle
Razor: Merkur 39C slant with a Shark Super Chrome
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My SOTD setup

I don't have a big bathroom with loads of counter space, so if I were to do the SOTD photos in the bathroom I would have to either balance everything on the sink or treat y'all to photos of the seat of my bog.

How about no?

I do however have a free shelf in the room next to the bathroom, so I set up a small area for photo shoots there. Nothing too fancy but then again I use my cell phone to take the pictures, so there is no reason to go overboard.

Two shelf brackets to give me a left and right limiter, a wooden board in the back, a bright lamp (originally halogen but switched to LED like almost every single lamp I own), and a recently added microfiber towel.

Crude, but functional.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Shave of the day 28th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Proraso Eucalyptus & Menthol Soap
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: Merkur 39C slant with a fresh Shark Super Chrome
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest 80 Below
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Saturday, 26 December 2015

Shave of the day 26th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Citrus Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations Walter
Brush: Turkish No6 'horse hair'
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Shave of the day 23rd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Crabtree and Evelyn Sandalwood
Brush: Semogue "The Shave Nook 2012 Limited Edition" mixed boar-badger
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb



Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Glass monoblock razor

From time to time someone patents glass razor blades.. in '85 James Haythornthwaite did one better and filed a patent for a whole razor made out of glass.
A razor is formed entirely of an inexpensive glass material. In one embodiment the razor is formed as a single piece of material which includes a handle portion, a blade portion and an arcuate intermediate portion interconnecting the handle and blade portions, with the blade portion being provided with a sharp cutting edge. In another embodiment the razor includes a handle and an essentially cylindrical blade received between clamping jaws at one end of the handle, with the blade being provided with opposed cutting edges.
The idea has some good points - simple construction, only one material in use, long lasting edge. On the less good side is the fact that it's essentially a section of straight-edge - having no safety bar - so the risk of cuts and nicks would be rather higher than Joe Average might be prepared for.
In genera, a razor in accordance with the invention comprises an elongated handle portion and a cutting blade portion having first and second surfaces which intersect to define at least one sharp cutting edge. The handle portion and the blade portion, including the one sharp cutting edge, all are formed entirely of a glass material.
More specifically, in one embodiment of the invention the handle portion and the blade portion are interconnected by an arcuate intermediate portion, with the handle portion, blade portion and arcuate intermediate portion all forming parts of a single integral body of glass material. Further, the handle portion and the blade portion of the razor extend essentially perpendicular to one another.
In another embodiment of the invention, the elongated handle portion includes a pair of arcuate opposed clamping jaws at one end thereof, the arcuate opposed clamping jaws being integral with the remainder of the handle portion and having spaced opposed ends. Further, the blade portion is of elongated essentially cylindrical construction and is formed with an axially extending gap between spaced opposed ends thereof to define elongated edge portions extending in spaced opposed parallel relationship for the length of the blade portion. The spaced opposed elongated edge portions have respective intersecting surfaces which define first and second opposed sharp cutting edges. The blade portion is removably and rotatably received in the arcuate clamping jaws of the handle portion with the opposed elongated portions and the sharp cutting edges of the blade portion projecting beyond the clamping jaws of the handle portion.
The second version described - the cylindrical glass blade - has the benefits of not just a rudimentary guard, but also the more questionable benefit of being able to shave on the opposite direction without changing the grip.
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of a first embodiment of a razor in accordance with the invention;
FIG. 2 is a view of the embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 1, as seen along the line 2--2 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an isometric view of a handle member of a second embodiment of a razor in accordance with the invention;
FIG. 4 is an isometric view of a blade portion of a razor for use in the razor handle shown in FIG. 3; and
FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the handle and blade portion shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 in assembled relationship.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Shave of the day 21st December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Col. Conk Bay Rum
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a fresh Wilkinson Sword
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 18 December 2015

Shave of the day 18th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Wet Shaving Products pre-production soap
Brush: Wilkinson Sword Badger
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a Feather Hi-Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Thayers Original Witch Hazel with aloe vera
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Thursday, 17 December 2015

An 00's folding matchbook razor

On Tuesday I shared with you a folding razor from 1931; today I have found the updated version of the naughties... at least I think that is what the first decade of this millennium is called.

Back in February of 2000 James Luke Bickers and Cecil Boyce McCary patented what they described in the patent claim as:
A folding disposable razor is disclosed having a razor head and a flexible razor body attached to the razor head. The razor body preferably includes a first cover panel and second cover panel, each panel hingedly attached to an opposite end of a first hinge portion. In a storage configuration, the first cover panel and second cover panel fold relative to the first hinge portion such that the first and second cover panels are substantially parallel to each other and define a storage area there between.
Interestingly the patent makes no reference to the one I posted about on Tuesday, despite the basic idea being very similar. I guess the examiner either didn't find the other patent, or though them dissimilar enough not to cite it.

Something that wasn't addressed in the '31 patent was the need for lather, but this newer patent has that covered as well:
It would be desirable to provide a razor that includes a storage area for carrying a single use packet of shaving cream therein.
Judging by the drawings, this space is within the folded up handle.

It is envisioned that this product would be especially useful for preparing patients for surgery. The shaving cream and razor can be provided as a unit. The handle provides sufficient stability to ensure a safe shave and the entire unit can be disposed after a single use. In addition to the medical field, the present invention can be used as an amenity provided by the hotel industry. Its compact design is desirable for travellers and for military personnel who are not afforded much room for packing personal items. The list of uses for the present invention is not exhaustive and there are numerous other applications for which the disposable folding razor could be used.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Shave of the day 16th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners TeatreeSoap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a Feather Hi-Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and BodyShop Maca Root Energetic Face Protection
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A "matchbox" folding razor

Bouncing around on Google Patents is fun... sometimes I find brilliant ideas, sometimes I find goofy ones. I'm not sure if Burton Christmas' idea is one of the later or former... it definitely have elements of both.
This invention relates to safety razors and is herein disclosed as embodied in a razor adapted to be cheaply manufactured and also adapted to carry advertisements, so that it may be sold at a nominal price or may be given away.
As herein illustrated the razor blade lies in a pocket or enclosure formed by folding a sheet, and the other end of the sheet forms a cover or flap which may serve as a handle adapted to be folded into about the same space as an ordinary card of cardboard matches.
A pretty neat idea, and while waste is an issue in this day and age it would make for a neat razor that a hotel or motel could leave in the bathroom along with the ridiculously tiny soaps they place in there...
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the razor folded.
Figure 2 shows the razor opened.
Figure 3 is an enlarged side view of the folded razor.
Figure 4 is a side view of the razor showing the parts in the position they assume when grasped by the hand.
Figure 5 is a perspective view showing the razor grasped by the hand for use.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Shave of the day 14th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Orange Soap
Lather: Mike's Natural Lemongrass & Eucalyptus  Soap
Brush: Turkish No7 'horse hair'
Razor: Merkur 45C Bakelite with a fresh Feather Hi-Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Myrsol Agua De Limón
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Friday, 11 December 2015

Shave of the day 11th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and LEA after-shave balsam


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Compact cassette sanitary kit - an 80's patent

Remember compact cassettes? Those little plastic rectangles that ended up as spaghetti in your car stereo? To me at least they are sooo 80's... as are the little fold up boxes they came in (and which for the most part promptly got lost and were never seen again).

Very much a part of the 80's were also the idea to pack other stuff in cassette tape boxes - personally I recall having a stationary set in one of those.

Someone came up with the idea of packing a whole toiletry bag into one, to quote the patent abstract:
A cassette sanitary kit is described. The kit includes a cassette comprising a base with locations for the placement of a toothbrush and a handle between stop plates on the base, and locations for a soapsuds container and a shaving cream container between a stop and a division plate on the base, for attachment of a razor holder to a protruding block on the base, for the placement of nail clippers in a trough, for the arrangement of a cologne water container in a round hole on the base, for receiving a set of razor connecting elements in a track, and for the insertion of a comb in a cavity on the underside of the base.
The gear look rather flimsy in the patent drawings - in particularity the razor which is made up of four separate parts. Still, for a back up piece of kit to keep in the car or for handing out as swag it would probably been good enough.
The patent goes into a lot of details, and it's amazing how much the inventor managed to pack into a tiny package.
As shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the present invention is composed of a base 1 mounting a handle bar 2, a tooth brush 3, a razor holder 4, two razor connecting elements 5, a cologne water container 6, soap-suds container 7, a shaving cream container 8, nail clippers 9, a comb 20 in a cassette 30. Said base 1 comprises a plurality of stop plates 11, 12, 13. Said stop plate 11 has a nose 111 and stop plates 12 and 13 each have a curved face 121 and 131, respectively, on the inner side thereof. Stop plates 11 and 12 receive tooth brush 3, and stop plates 12 and 13 receive handle bar 2. Said base 1 further comprises a receiving trough 15 for receiving nail clippers 9. Said receiving trough 15 has a curved face 151 at one side from which a round hole 17 extends and receives said cologne water container 6. Division plate 152 also extends from said receiving trough 15. Said base 1 has a stop 14 for soap-suds container 7 and shaving cream container 8 which are placed between the stop 14 and plate 152 and between stop block 13 and the razor 4. Said base 1 has two protruding plates 16 to form a locating track 161 for the razor connection elements 5 by means of the vertical ends 51 fit in locating track 161. Said base 1 has a cavity 18 at the bottom for mounting comb 18 by means of depending axles 181 matching with the notches 201 of the comb 20.
Said handle bar 2 has a plurality of notches 21 at one side to reduce the contact face and an indentation 22 to receive the tooth brush 3 or razor connecting elements 5. Indentation 22 in the handle bar 2 is for connection with the connecting plate 31 of the tooth brush 3 or the vertical ends 51 of the two razor connecting elements 5. The mounting of tooth brush 3 by plate 31 in indentation 22 of the handle bar 2, is shown in FIG. 3. The razor holder 4 has tracks 41 for receiving tabs 52 of the connecting elements 5. Said two razor connecting elements 5 are symmetrically identical and can be respectively connected with razor holder 4 and handle bar 2, tabs 52 mounting the razor holder 4 and the vertical ends 51 of each connecting elements 5 received in indentation 22 of the handle bar 2 as shown in FIG. 4.
The cologne water container 6, soap-suds container 7 and shaving cream container 8 can be refilled whenever required, and can be interchangeable. Said nail clippers 9 are directly placed in the receiving trough 15 and can be picked up for ready use when required. Said comb 20 is placed at the bottom of the base 1, and can be easily picked up by simply pulling the notches 201 away from the protruding axles 181. Said cassette case 30 is composed of an upper cover 301 and a lower cover 302 connected by a hinge and receives said base 1 and all the accessories contained in the base 1 to complete an assembly of the present cassette sanitary kit.
The tooth brush 3 when located between stop plates 11, 12 is firmly retained therebetween by means of a nose 111 to keep it from breaking away. The handle bar 2 when placed between the stop plates 12, 13 is firmly retained by means of the respective curved face 121, 131 therebetween. Division plate 152 has a protruding block 10 with a trough 19 for the attachment of the razor holder 4 by means of its track 41 as shown in FIG. 2.
As the assembly is completed and all the accessories are well allocated, they are orderly arranged and firmly secured to provide a compact and complete cassette sanitary kit.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Shave of the day 9th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and LEA after-shave balsam


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Disposable shaving brush made from paper

A while back I wrote about a disposable sanitary shaving brush made from fibrous material (horsehair or suchlike seems reasonable given the design of the brush) with a patent filed in 1917.

Mr  Edward L Corbett decided to go one better a few years later, and filed a patent for a disposable brush made out of paper... in the inventors own words:
... nor will it be possible to subsequently use the brush, even if a barber were inclined so to do.
The actual invention is simple enough according to the patent description:
... a small individual sanitary shaving brush which comprises a plurality of paper strips that are first slotted, or cut, so that a plurality of narrow strips of paper are formed to simulate bristles, the strips of paper being so arranged that the paper like bristles are bunched in brush like form, after which these bristles are placed in a soap solution and dried in an oven about 100° Fahrenheit.
After these paper brushes are so dipped and impregnated with the soap, they may be packed in small sanitary cartons and sold to the trade. To use one of these brushes, it is simply necessary to place the same 'for a second or two in hot water, or under a hot water faucet, the water dissolving the soap and softening the paper bristles, after which the brush may be rubbed on the face to form a fine lather. 'There will be enough soap on each brush to `furnish a sufficient lather for the heaviest beard', and after the brush has been so used, Inasmuch as the brush is made of paper, the water will not only soften the soap, but will soften the paper, so that there will `be no scratching of the face... 
It's hard to imagine a brush made out of paper being as good as a modern brush, but it sure makes it disposable.
Fig, 1 is a view in elevation of two strips of paper pasted together at their one end, and showing a means of slotting the paper to form the paper like bristles.
Fig, 2 is a similar View with the upper edges being turned showing the development of the brush.
Fig. 3 shows the start of the curling of the paper and the still further development of the brush.
Fig. 4 shows a completed brush and a portion of a finger inserted in the same.
Fig. 5 is a similar view, but showing a small wooden handle inserted in the brush.
Fig. 6 is a slightly modified form showing a plurality of strips of paper having their upper edges slotted to form bristles, the paper strips being in their fiat state before being curled and Fig. 7 is a completed brush showing the development of the brush started in Fig; 6.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Shave of the day 7th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Gillette "Khaki" Old Type with a fresh Lord Super Stainless
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and LEA after-shave balsam


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Shave of the day 5th December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Eucalyptus Soap
Lather: Mike's Mixed
Brush: Omega #10048 Boar Bristle
Razor: Phillips Philite with a Shark
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert's Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Shave of the day 2nd December

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: LEA shave stick
Brush: Omega #50014 Boar Bristle Travel Brush
Razor: Merkur 985CL open comb travel razor with a Lord Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and LEA after-shave balsam
Beard care: Big Red Beard Balm and Big Red No7 Beard Comb


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Wear indicator for a disposable razor

Once in a while a solution to a problem I wasn't aware of is so brilliant I can't understand why no one has done it already... like Doroodian-Shoja Siamak's idea of putting a wear indicator on a disposable razor (although I can see no reason why one couldn't put in on a cart as well).

I use a disposable once every blue moon or so - basically when I'm flying with just hand-luggage - so I have no recollection of how many times a particular disposable have been used.

In the inventors own words:
A wear indicator is located on the head or frame of a disposable razor or razor cartridge, in close proximity to the shaving edge of the blade. The wear indicator comprises a mass of material that gradually wears away as the disposable razor or cartridge is used in shaving, the amount of material wearing away being correlated with the amount of wear on the blade edge to provide a visual indication of the relative wear on the blade. Preferably, the wear indicator comprises two strips of material, one atop the other, the upper strip wearing away to reveal the contrastingly-colored lower strip. Alternatively, the material may wear away to reveal indicia or lettering on the lower strip.
Considering how many carts already have a "lubricating strip" (which, by the way, has not been shown to work as promised), this invention may be combined with it - or replacing it.



Unlike most other patents I dig up and blog about, this one is still on the books.