10-23-2019, 08:30 PM
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There are several online shops that sells protectors for your DE razor these days, mostly made from plastic. You can even download a file to 3d-print your own, if you're so inclined and have a 3D-printer handy. But did you know that the concept is about as old as the Gillette safety razor itself?

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The patent was filed by Frederick Bunnell King in 1907, assigned to Gillette Co LLC. The patent describes a protector that not only protects the edge or edges of the blade, but is held in place by the tendency of the razor head to open slightly when tension is taken off the handle. Or to quote part of the patent text:

Quote:The protector for the cutting edge or edges of the blade comprises shield sides bent over to form pockets for enclosing the cutting edges of the blade when the shield is inserted over the back plate, the blade and the guard. This shield is transversely curved as shown and is of such shape that when the arts are drawn into position for use of the shield may be readily slid into and out of its protective position.

In short, the protector would also serve to keep the head and blade assembly together when the handle was unscrewed completely, thus allowing the blade to be kept in the razor even when the razor was packed away in a travel kit or drawer.

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 10-24-2019, 02:34 AM
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Oh, so sort of like this. Mühle ain’t got nothing on ol’ F. B. King!

   

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 10-24-2019, 03:18 AM
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Very much like that sort of thing, yes; but made from stamped metal and not plastic Smile

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 10-24-2019, 04:29 AM
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Am I the only person who sees it as a solution in search of a problem? I have never had any sort of a problem, perceived or real that has required anything even remotely like that being a solution. The only time a use for one might ever be conceived of by me  is if I travel and for that I just remove the blade and put it with it's still wrapped buddies where it's as safe as if it too was still in the wrapper. Or I can just leave it in the razor and in the travel case it again continues to be safe.

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 10-25-2019, 10:42 AM
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While most of us don't have a problem with either wrapping up the blade or simply tossing the blade or getting a new one later, it was probably seen as more useful back in the blade when a blade wasn't really all that inexpensive... so while I can understand the perceived need at the time, I agree that today it's not all that useful.

VMMW off course Smile

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