07-29-2020, 09:08 PM
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As most traditional wetshavers knows, a shaving brush works best if it’s not too small. This can have some drawbacks, especially if you’re travelling. To quote the inventor Michel Charles Blondin;

US PATENT 1,786,224 Wrote:Shaving brushes used for putting soap on the skin before shaving should be preferably somewhat large. Consequently they take a long time drying and are difficult to clean; moreover they are comparatively cumbersome and cannot be put away in a small or flat dressing-case for transportation.
The most modern solution seems to be having your travel brush made out of synthetic fibers, or being able to be retracted into a container. My own travel brush, for example, is an Omega 50014 – which neatly fits in it’s own handle. Mr Blondin’s solution was slightly more complex and actually rather interesting. In his own words again:
US PATENT 1,786,224 Wrote:My improved shaving brush comprises a plurality of very flat brush elements adapted to be assembled to form the brush ready for use.
As the patent drawing hopefully makes clear, the plurality of brush elements pivoted together could either be folded up as a cube-shaped handle with a squarish brush – or it could be flattened out to a long and flat brush that would dry quickly. Other forms the brush could take would be – according to the patent description – a flat elastic strip that could be rolled up, or small flat segments can can be stacked inside a holder. A holder could also optionally be used for the rolled up elastic strip and the hinged variations of the brush.
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The patent drawing shows his new and improved brush in a hinged box with a full set of shaving gear, including soap (item 18 on the drawing). The whole shaving gear would be – he claims – flat enough to be carried in a pocket.
I can actually see the use of a brush like this today as well; it’s a niche market, but it would suit those of us who both like to have a proper shave on the go, and have to deal with living out of a small GoBag for a few days at a time. The only real question is if that niche in the market is large enough for a modern manufacturer of shaving brushes to invest the time, effort, and resources to produce it.

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 07-30-2020, 01:45 AM
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These made it into production, I saw one the other week I just can't recall where! I'm sure it was part of a vintage Gillette travel set.

Edit: Here we are, sold as the "Foldabrush" - A great design idea if you ask me.

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 07-30-2020, 02:11 AM
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(07-30-2020, 01:45 AM)Rohleder Wrote: These made it into production, I saw one the other week I just can't recall where! I'm sure it was part of a vintage Gillette travel set.

Edit: Here we are, sold as the "Foldabrush" - A great design idea if you ask me.

Awesome - searching for that word yielded lots of results Wink

Just a shame that they seem to have been discontinued in '34, based on this newspaper clipping.

Now if could only get production restarted... Wink

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 07-30-2020, 02:38 AM
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(07-30-2020, 02:11 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(07-30-2020, 01:45 AM)Rohleder Wrote: These made it into production, I saw one the other week I just can't recall where! I'm sure it was part of a vintage Gillette travel set.

Edit: Here we are, sold as the "Foldabrush" - A great design idea if you ask me.

Awesome - searching for that word yielded lots of results Wink

Just a shame that they seem to have been discontinued in '34, based on this newspaper clipping.

Now if could only get production restarted... Wink

Sadly I don't think cigarette case style travel sets are in demand these days.

Funny to compare those perfectly engineered elegant travel sets from yesteryear to what most guys do today: brush in a pill bottle and razor in an altoids tin, or if fancy perhaps a leather wallet... How barbaric we've become in so short a timespan, what happened? Where did it all go so wrong?  Sad  Biggrin

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 07-31-2020, 01:06 AM
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I believe you saw it on eBay, or possibly Etsy, because I saw that particular brush concept just recently as well.

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 07-31-2020, 01:08 AM
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(07-31-2020, 01:06 AM)kooshman7 Wrote: I believe you saw it on eBay, or possibly Etsy, because I saw that particular brush concept just recently as well.

I never hit the fleaBay, I get my fix from Google Patents Tongue

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 07-31-2020, 05:20 AM
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I clicked on the ad, and that brought me to the full page of the newspaper in which the ad appeared. Interesting reading..

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 07-31-2020, 06:55 AM
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Nice idea and article

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