09-11-2016, 01:56 AM
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Judging by some posts on the shaving forums, the absolutely worst thing that can happen to a brush is the development of a cavity in the middle - some even referring to it as a wound in the knot. What if I told you that someone not only though the cavity to be a good thing, but managed to secure a patent on a brush with such a gaping wound?

Enter Earl D Snodderly, whom in 1965 filed a patent for his "foam shave applier". Most inventions are dreamed up to fill a need - imaginary or not - and the foam shave applier should simplify the operation of applying lather and the brushing action. To quote the word salad from the patent itself:

Quote:The present invention relates to foam shave applier and has for an object to provide a shaving brush in conjunction with an attachment therefore by which a suitable cavity is formed in the bristle body opening through an end of the brush for the purpose of receiving shaving cream or the like whereby the operations of applying lather and the like to the face of the shaver and the brushing action by which the lather is worked into the skin are simplified and combined in a single action which will economize time and facilitate the action of working the lather into the areas of the facial skin requiring shaving. 

 And how was this miracle of science to be achieved? By creating a cavity in the brush, with what looks almost like a roofing nail:
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Just looking at the drawing makes my insides turn... I'm very happy this invention didn't take off, and I'm sure my brushes are too.

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 09-11-2016, 03:33 AM
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  • TheMonk
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I suspect this wouldn't have gone too well! Biggrin Luckily it didn't go through.

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 09-11-2016, 04:00 AM
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  • Rufus
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What can I say?  It takes all kinds.  Makes me think of my most expensive brush, a Rooney 2/1 Finest, the knot of which has a lovely crater.  To add insult to injury none of my other brushes have done that, even the ones that cost a fraction of the Rooney.

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 09-11-2016, 06:14 AM
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I wonder if Earl was responsible for the vibrating brush too...
http://www.theartofshaving.com/Power-Sha...lt,pd.html

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 09-12-2016, 04:55 AM
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  • ben74
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I've actually used the AoS Power Brush and I'm very ashamed to say it worked, but still not my cup of tea.

However, this patent by Snodderly represents a justification for BRUSH MASHERS who wouldn't require a nail (roofing or otherwise) to achieve the same end result to create this masterpiece...  Tongue

And it just might have been the inspiration for the Gillette Brush Plus. Sans visible wound from the top, the internal centre of the knot base must have been similarly cavernous in some aspect to permit the flow of cream.


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The shaving cream canister is inserted into the brush. A twist of the canister delivers cream into the knot.

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 09-12-2016, 06:44 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Haha...nice find Ben! That brush looks like it would be better suited for scrubbing the bath tub than for shaving.

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 09-12-2016, 07:47 AM
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Heck, if 5 - 6 blades carts can sell...  W00t

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 09-12-2016, 07:52 AM
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The names of the Attorneys makes it look like a joke.

Is this a Joke?

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 09-12-2016, 08:48 AM
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As far as I can tell, it's the real deal. Weird, but true.

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 09-12-2016, 08:49 AM
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(09-12-2016, 07:52 AM)duck creek Wrote: The names of the Attorneys makes it look like a joke.

Is this a Joke?

You are thinking of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.  Biggrin

Wilkinson, Mawhinney & Theibault, was a legit law firm based on court documents I found on patent infringement cases.



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 09-12-2016, 09:05 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(09-12-2016, 08:49 AM)Cincinnatus Wrote: You are thinking of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.  Biggrin

24 A classic Three Stooges reference.

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 09-12-2016, 12:50 PM
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Reminds me of the donut hole effect in certain synthetic brushes.

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 09-12-2016, 02:06 PM
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I am always amazed seeing what their thought process was many years ago, but then I marvel over the design of the Gillette FB and the price for which it sold new.

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 09-12-2016, 02:41 PM
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Now if you stick another knot on top of that nail head....    W00t

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 09-12-2016, 03:47 PM
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Perhaps a shave stick inserted in the center of the knot for a all in one process for the soap guys.

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 09-12-2016, 05:29 PM
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  • gp569900
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(09-12-2016, 07:52 AM)duck creek Wrote: The names of the Attorneys makes it look like a joke.

Is this a Joke?

Unfortunately, it's not a joke. The three attorney's were an infamous Patton law firm in Washington, DC.

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