02-23-2017, 01:23 AM
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The human mind can be an overboiling pot of fantastical ideas, letting us come up with all sorts of brilliant and bizarre inventions. King Gillette's double edged blade was arguable one of the former. Malcolm H Baker and Franklin S Frisbie's hexagonal blade probably belongs in the later category...

The idea behind the invention was admirable;
Quote:It is the object of the present invention to roduce a razor of the safety type in which the blades by the use of a plurality of cutting edges shall have increased life-in other words, a' razor in which the blades require resharpening or replacing at longer intervals than in devices at present in use.

Blades for the Gillette razors were not - comparatively speaking - nearly as cheap as they are today, and older style safety razors used wedge blades that required tools and skill to hone and sharpen. However... the leap of logic seems to have been that if two edges are good, then more edges must be better. Minor issues like practicality and useability seems to have taken a back seat to having many edges on the blade.

The result is less of a safety razor of the hoe-type and more of a shavette:
Quote:A further object is to provide a razor in which the cutting edge in use is in a parallel lane with the handle, and thus to provide or a drawing stroke in shaving, of the same the as is employed in the ordinary old style folding-blade razor.

And finally, they claimed that their new, improved razor also were:
Quote:...of few and simple parts, which may be easily taken apart or assembled and which is readily cleansed after use.
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 02-23-2017, 01:29 AM
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You're the expert in finding these old weird razor designs !!

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 02-23-2017, 03:07 AM
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::blink::

I have so many questions...

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 02-23-2017, 04:20 AM
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Nice Idea

I'm trying to envision finding the right angle as its drawn across the skinSmile

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 02-23-2017, 06:00 AM
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And in a pinch it could be used as a sort of pizza cutting wheel.

I have to wonder how it was supposed to be employed.

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 02-23-2017, 06:30 AM
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(02-23-2017, 06:00 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: And in a pinch it could be used as a sort of pizza cutting wheel.

I have to wonder how it was supposed to be employed.

you crack me down!  hilarious!!!

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 02-23-2017, 06:30 AM
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(02-23-2017, 06:00 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I have to wonder how it was supposed to be employed.

According to the patent;  (it) is employed in the ordinary old style folding-blade razor. I take that to read as a straight or shavette, since that is the only thing that makes any form of sense to me. With such a short and wide blade it would be akward to use regardless, never mind the fact that the guard covers most of the cutting edges.

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 02-23-2017, 06:40 AM
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I remember this...one theory is the blade would be rotated to utilize a fresh edge during the shave or between shaves.  Still, all other thoughts still apply.  So odd!

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 02-23-2017, 01:52 PM
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Yes, like a gatling gun...!!!!


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 02-23-2017, 02:38 PM
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Men who used this must have grown a mustache...

Thanks for another interesting piece of shaving history, Hans.

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 02-23-2017, 06:19 PM
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If it'd caught on, we'd be talking about QE -- quadruple-edge -- shaving! Shocked

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 02-23-2017, 08:17 PM
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(02-23-2017, 06:19 PM)Viseguy Wrote: If it'd caught on, we'd be talking about QE -- quadruple-edge -- shaving! Shocked

I found a patent for such a thing a couple of years back... can't find the thread right now, but I also posted it on my blog.

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 02-24-2017, 06:09 AM
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(02-23-2017, 02:38 PM)chazt Wrote: Men who used this must have grown a mustache...

Thanks for another interesting piece of shaving history, Hans.

And a beard! :-)

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