09-06-2014, 03:49 AM
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Quote:MODIFIED SAFETY RAZOR GIVES CLOSE SHAVE

To obtain an extra close shave with a standard type double-edge safety razor, I filed off all the guard teeth on one side of the razor holder except the two end ones. I first shave rapidly with the guarded side and then finish more cautiously with the unguarded side. There is very little danger of cutting oneself because the tooth left at each end forms a satisfactory guard. It is important, however, not to remove them. Experiments made with a razor having all te guard teeth filed off on one side revealed that the corners of the blade were likely to cause small cuts, no matter how carefully the razor was used.—P. W. Calhoun.

Uhm... not for me. If I want a more aggressive razor, or a razor that cuts closer to the skin, I just reach for one of my other razors. For the curious and/or experimental shaver it might be worth a shot though.

/Edit: My bad, it's from an old Popular Science (Dec 1934 to be exact)

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 09-06-2014, 04:15 AM
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  • Agravic
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Thankfully we have easier options today ...

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 09-06-2014, 04:33 AM
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Do you know when this article was published? Just curious.

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 09-06-2014, 04:48 AM
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Popular Mechanics started in the early 1900s so they go way back to the beginning.

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 09-06-2014, 05:44 AM
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(09-06-2014, 04:33 AM)primotenore Wrote: Do you know when this article was published? Just curious.

Dec '34 - I've updated the OP.

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 09-06-2014, 07:01 AM
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Wow! Very interesting but scary at the same time.A47

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 09-06-2014, 02:05 PM
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(09-06-2014, 07:01 AM)Rallypoint_1 Wrote: Wow! Very interesting but scary at the same time.A47

+1 Sounds more aggressive than the R41 2011! Biggrin

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 09-06-2014, 05:39 PM
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Dang! That is drastic.
Popular Science has some very entertaining stuff.

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 09-07-2014, 12:32 PM
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They didn't have to worry about law suits back then. Try that now and some idiot would slice a chunk of his cheek off and blame the magazine for it. Nice little piece of shaving history. Thanks for sharing.

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 09-07-2014, 04:01 PM
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Interesting approach.

I wonder if a new contemporary razor design with reduced tooth count would be just as effective?

-joedy

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 09-09-2014, 10:26 AM
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(09-07-2014, 04:01 PM)joedy Wrote: Interesting approach.

I wonder if a new contemporary razor design with reduced tooth count would be just as effective?

-joedy

Wouldn't it just make sense for a contemporary razor to have different blade exposure on each side? Mark them in different colors so that you have the "aggressive" and "mild" sides clear. If the razor were also an adjustable in height, a well-designed product might sell itself as "all things to all men." A razor that spanned the aggressiveness range from Feather/Tech all the way up to the most aggressive non-slants.

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