08-16-2021, 08:43 AM
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  • Bax
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What kind of craziness is THIS???


"Americans loved the disposable blades, so much so that medicine cabinets in bathrooms often came equipped with a slot to throw away the razor blades. The blades would fall through the slot and in between the wall studs, which seems to me like a disaster waiting to happen, but it was convenient."
https://wetshavingclub.com/history-of-the-razor/


I never heard of such an idiotic thing, nor have I ever *seen* a medicine cabinet with a slot to poke old blades into the wall where it'd fall between the studs.  Have any SN folks actually seen a medicine cabinet with such a crazy blade disposal feature?  

Really... this just sounds ridiculous... like an internet myth.
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- Bax


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Nevermind.  I did some net surfing and saw oodles of old houses being restored... and workers finding piles of rusty razor blades in the walls.  I guess people DID do ridiculous things like that!   Then again, lots of folks do crazy stuff now, too, so I guess times haven't changed...

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 08-16-2021, 09:56 AM
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  • MaxP
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Such was commonplace and quite familiar to those of my and prior generations.

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 08-16-2021, 10:38 AM
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I've seen the medicine cabinets with the slots for razors in older houses.

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 08-16-2021, 10:52 AM
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  • garyg
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The two houses we lived in growing up had slots.  My first house, newer than those earlier ones, also had slots in the original cabinets - I know what they were used for as I found the old blades when remodeling ..

Haven't seen them in anything built 1960 or later .. the present abode was built in the 70's and lacked slots in the long-gone original medicine cabinets

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 08-16-2021, 11:05 AM
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Just seeing the title for some reason I knew it was you, Bax!!! I am not familiar with the concept but I am aware that it indeed was (still is?) a thing.

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 08-16-2021, 12:05 PM
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I want a slot... Sad

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 08-16-2021, 12:28 PM
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While the ones you are talking about were 'built in' to medicine cabinets, Fine accoutrements sells a plate designed for the same thing.

It's basically a 'pretty face plate' to put over the hole in the drywall that you will make to install it.

Personally, I'm good with blade banks, but hey to each their own.

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 08-16-2021, 01:44 PM
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(08-16-2021, 12:28 PM)norton Wrote: While the ones you are talking about were 'built in' to medicine cabinets, Fine accoutrements sells a plate designed for the same thing.

It's basically a 'pretty face plate' to put over the hole in the drywall that you will make to install it.

Personally, I'm good with blade banks, but hey to each their own.


I'm not sure I liked it when I found the results of the genuine article - but shudder at the sheer something of recreating a faux example of a pretty bad idea .. you could just toss them out the window also ..

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 08-16-2021, 09:46 PM
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My house was built in 1968 and has slots in both bathrooms.  No idea if they've ever been used.  It seems like this is taking "out of sight, out of mind" just a bit too far.

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 08-18-2021, 08:09 AM
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Yep, this was pretty much the norm for a while (at least where I am located).

My parents' house had a slot in the bathroom for used blades, as did the 1950s-era home I am in now. 

Found a heck of a lot of old blades when I opened up a wall to make some electrical upgrades and replace the medicine cabinet!

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 09-06-2021, 03:43 PM
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Ditto here - standard through about the 60's I'm guessing - come the advent of the cartridge boondoggle.

I was an electrician and remodeled a number of older homes / bathrooms and saw this a lot.  Several bathrooms had literally thousands of rusted blades at the bottom of the stud cavity.  Kinda gross, and a little scary.

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 09-08-2021, 12:30 PM
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All old metal medicine cabinets came with a slot in the back, wasn't thought of as odd at the time.

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 09-08-2021, 02:13 PM
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(09-08-2021, 12:30 PM)TobyC Wrote: All old metal medicine cabinets came with a slot in the back, wasn't thought of as odd at the time.

Glad you're still around Toby!
I've survived greater dangers than dead blades in a stud cavity. I hid under my desk to survive a nuclear attack. Lots of stuff was different back then.

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 09-09-2021, 03:55 AM
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(09-08-2021, 02:13 PM)Uncas Wrote:
(09-08-2021, 12:30 PM)TobyC Wrote: All old metal medicine cabinets came with a slot in the back, wasn't thought of as odd at the time.

Glad you're still around Toby!
I've survived greater dangers than dead blades in a stud cavity. I hid under my desk to survive a nuclear attack. Lots of stuff was different back then.

Sisi Duck and cover, and don't look at the flash! And of course the schools were full of asbestos and lead, but we all turned out just fine I guess. Maybe the lead in the paint on the desk would absorb the radiation!   Rolleyes

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 09-19-2021, 11:41 AM
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I prefer to dispose em in container and it’s a lot safer and easier way to do so.

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 04-13-2022, 05:56 PM
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  • naiyor
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I have one of these, but I use a blade bank. I like to see how many blades I go through lol

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 04-14-2022, 03:57 PM
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We have a blade slot but don't use it.  Kind of cool relic of my childhood.

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 04-16-2022, 11:09 AM
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Like this one?


[img]blob:http://shavenook.com/b80fdf53-dcad-46bc-a058-cdcf3c118735[/img]

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 04-16-2022, 11:29 AM
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My father and I remodeled the bathroom in our family home originally built late 1700s. Unsure when the bathroom was first put in but the medicine cabinet had a slot. My father told me how he remembered when he was little, watching my grandfather shave and that's where the blades went. During the remodel we took out part of the wall and there the blades were. Pretty cool to see but knowing what we know now, crazy to see that's how it was done.

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 04-16-2022, 01:22 PM
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  • Mouser
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Lots of things I remember being common that aren’t done anymore. Biggest shift by far is smoking. When I was a kid and into early adulthood everyone smoked, EVERYONE! I spent a lot of time in hospitals. Doctors smoked, nurses smoked, visitors smoked… in the hospital. The floor would have cigarette butts all over. And yes, all my uncles houses had the blade slot in the medicine cabinet. My father was a career service man so we moved around but I don’t remember any of houses having one. The one time we lived on base it did though.

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