08-29-2022, 08:20 PM
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There have been plenty of patents designed to reduce the need to use both a razor and a lathering device. In the past we have looked at a couple of disposable razors with cream in the handle. We smiled at the combination razor and brush. And I’ve shown off an overly complicated brushless razor. But I think my new favourite in this narrow field is Raymond V Acken and his safety razor.

Not favourite as in “I would want one”, mind you. Favourite as in “what the f… was he thinking?”.

Part of what he was thinking can be seen from the text of his patent. To qoute:

Quote:This invention relates to improvements in safety razors and has for the primary object the provision of means for applying shaving soap or shaving cream to the face directly in advance of the cutting edge of the razor while in the act of shaving to obviate the customary practice of first lathing the face with soap applied thereto or to a brush and rubbing the brush over the face many times to develop the lather.
Another object of this invention is the provision of means forming part of the razor whereby shaving cream or soap may be applied to the face in a quantity desired and in advance of the cutting edge of the blade, that the cream or soap will give the necessary lubricant to the heard or hair that the same will be easily severed when moving the razor across the face in the customary manner of shaving.

Or in layman’s terms:

Make the razor put lather down just in front of the blade while shaving. And make the razor in such a way that it will put down lather in a desired amount.
To me, this comically misses one of the points of lathering. To soften the whiskers, lather ought to stay on long enough that the stubble gets wet. But I’m sure Raymond V Acken knew better – after all, all I do is shave.

What interest me isn’t Raymond’s misconceptions. It is how he solved his imaginary problem.

[Image: US1899841-drawings-page-1-697x1024.png]
Patent drawing from US patent 1,899,841

The idea is easy enough to grasp. A fairly standard razor head, with built in channels designed to guide shaving cream to the edge of the blade. The whole thing could be attached to the nozzle of a tube of shaving cream, or to a special shaving cream filled handle that could be squeezed. Either way, the shaver would make his face “extremely moist” before shaving. While shaving an even pressure would have to be applied to the shaving cream tube to maintain a steady flow of lather.

In hindsight it is obvious why the invention didn’t take off. For starters, a shaving cream tube makes a poor handle. Secondly, you would have to keep squeezing the tube or handle while shaving. And thirdly, lather needs time to work.

Mr Raymond V Acken didn’t file any more patents. Given his first one, this was perhaps for the best.

The patent can be read at Google Patents, as usual.

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 08-30-2022, 04:37 AM
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He was not alone in his squirting razor endeavors.


Publication numberPriority datePublication dateAssigneeTitle

US2447358A *1944-11-211948-08-17Neuburger WilliamFountain safety razor
US2747273A *1952-12-091956-05-29Gustaf A OlssonLiquid dispensing razor
US2786270A *1954-08-311957-03-26Orlando CarlSelf-lubricating shaver
US2790234A *1954-08-121957-04-30Goldstein MeyerSelf lubricating razors
US2839224A *1956-04-301958-06-17Lipka JohnLather dispenser in a razor
DE1045282B *1956-12-311958-11-27Martin BaramShaving unit
US2888695A *1953-02-161959-06-02Anderson MalcolmSpreading dispensers
US3139683A *1963-04-021964-07-07Waldman JosephSafety razor with fluid distributing manifold
US3295204A *1964-02-211967-01-03Brophy Robert BrianCleaning apparatus for electric shavers
US3412465A *1966-07-291968-11-26Robert V JamborLubricating device for safety razor
US4074429A *1976-08-231978-02-21Roberts Thomas GNovel lathering device and razor assembly
US4129942A *1977-09-121978-12-19Denizman Nejat HShaving implement
US4635361A *1985-06-071987-01-13Demars RobertDisposable razor
EP0495754A1 *1991-01-171992-07-22Kai Industries Co. Ltd.Exchange cartridge for a razor with an applicator
US20020029478A1 *1998-08-192002-03-14The Gillette CompanyApplying fluid preparations to the skin, e.g. in connection with shaving
US20040208884A1 *1999-08-202004-10-21Danishefsky Samuel J.Clustered multi-antigenic carbohydrate constructs, methods for their preparation, and uses thereof
US6886254B12003-12-162005-05-03Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120561A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
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US20050120559A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050123342A1 *2003-12-082005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus with pivot-actuated valve for delivery of shaving aid material
US20050126008A1 *2003-12-162005-06-16Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050144786A1 *2003-12-302005-07-07Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20060254056A1 *2003-10-172006-11-16Eveready Battery CompanyShaving device with shaving aid material dispenser
US20090249628A1 *2006-04-262009-10-08Bijan HosseiniTube Tool Device
US20100095528A1 *2008-10-172010-04-22Christopher Martin HawesFluid dispensing hair removal device
DE102011016205A1 *2011-04-062014-02-13Waldemar KalkovDisposable container with shaving gel, mounted on handle of shaving razor, is filled with shaving gel that is fully pressed to blade portion of shaving razor, while container is pressed, for performing shaving operation

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 08-31-2022, 10:41 PM
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(08-30-2022, 04:37 AM)TobyC Wrote: He was not alone in his squirting razor endeavors.


Publication numberPriority datePublication dateAssigneeTitle

US2447358A *1944-11-211948-08-17Neuburger WilliamFountain safety razor
US2747273A *1952-12-091956-05-29Gustaf A OlssonLiquid dispensing razor
US2786270A *1954-08-311957-03-26Orlando CarlSelf-lubricating shaver
US2790234A *1954-08-121957-04-30Goldstein MeyerSelf lubricating razors
US2839224A *1956-04-301958-06-17Lipka JohnLather dispenser in a razor
DE1045282B *1956-12-311958-11-27Martin BaramShaving unit
US2888695A *1953-02-161959-06-02Anderson MalcolmSpreading dispensers
US3139683A *1963-04-021964-07-07Waldman JosephSafety razor with fluid distributing manifold
US3295204A *1964-02-211967-01-03Brophy Robert BrianCleaning apparatus for electric shavers
US3412465A *1966-07-291968-11-26Robert V JamborLubricating device for safety razor
US4074429A *1976-08-231978-02-21Roberts Thomas GNovel lathering device and razor assembly
US4129942A *1977-09-121978-12-19Denizman Nejat HShaving implement
US4635361A *1985-06-071987-01-13Demars RobertDisposable razor
EP0495754A1 *1991-01-171992-07-22Kai Industries Co. Ltd.Exchange cartridge for a razor with an applicator
US20020029478A1 *1998-08-192002-03-14The Gillette CompanyApplying fluid preparations to the skin, e.g. in connection with shaving
US20040208884A1 *1999-08-202004-10-21Danishefsky Samuel J.Clustered multi-antigenic carbohydrate constructs, methods for their preparation, and uses thereof
US6886254B12003-12-162005-05-03Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120561A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120560A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120559A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050123342A1 *2003-12-082005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus with pivot-actuated valve for delivery of shaving aid material
US20050126008A1 *2003-12-162005-06-16Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050144786A1 *2003-12-302005-07-07Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20060254056A1 *2003-10-172006-11-16Eveready Battery CompanyShaving device with shaving aid material dispenser
US20090249628A1 *2006-04-262009-10-08Bijan HosseiniTube Tool Device
US20100095528A1 *2008-10-172010-04-22Christopher Martin HawesFluid dispensing hair removal device
DE102011016205A1 *2011-04-062014-02-13Waldemar KalkovDisposable container with shaving gel, mounted on handle of shaving razor, is filled with shaving gel that is fully pressed to blade portion of shaving razor, while container is pressed, for performing shaving operation

I guess a bad idea just wont die Tongue

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 09-01-2022, 05:24 AM
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(08-31-2022, 10:41 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(08-30-2022, 04:37 AM)TobyC Wrote: He was not alone in his squirting razor endeavors.


Publication numberPriority datePublication dateAssigneeTitle

US2447358A *1944-11-211948-08-17Neuburger WilliamFountain safety razor
US2747273A *1952-12-091956-05-29Gustaf A OlssonLiquid dispensing razor
US2786270A *1954-08-311957-03-26Orlando CarlSelf-lubricating shaver
US2790234A *1954-08-121957-04-30Goldstein MeyerSelf lubricating razors
US2839224A *1956-04-301958-06-17Lipka JohnLather dispenser in a razor
DE1045282B *1956-12-311958-11-27Martin BaramShaving unit
US2888695A *1953-02-161959-06-02Anderson MalcolmSpreading dispensers
US3139683A *1963-04-021964-07-07Waldman JosephSafety razor with fluid distributing manifold
US3295204A *1964-02-211967-01-03Brophy Robert BrianCleaning apparatus for electric shavers
US3412465A *1966-07-291968-11-26Robert V JamborLubricating device for safety razor
US4074429A *1976-08-231978-02-21Roberts Thomas GNovel lathering device and razor assembly
US4129942A *1977-09-121978-12-19Denizman Nejat HShaving implement
US4635361A *1985-06-071987-01-13Demars RobertDisposable razor
EP0495754A1 *1991-01-171992-07-22Kai Industries Co. Ltd.Exchange cartridge for a razor with an applicator
US20020029478A1 *1998-08-192002-03-14The Gillette CompanyApplying fluid preparations to the skin, e.g. in connection with shaving
US20040208884A1 *1999-08-202004-10-21Danishefsky Samuel J.Clustered multi-antigenic carbohydrate constructs, methods for their preparation, and uses thereof
US6886254B12003-12-162005-05-03Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120561A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120560A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120559A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050123342A1 *2003-12-082005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus with pivot-actuated valve for delivery of shaving aid material
US20050126008A1 *2003-12-162005-06-16Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050144786A1 *2003-12-302005-07-07Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20060254056A1 *2003-10-172006-11-16Eveready Battery CompanyShaving device with shaving aid material dispenser
US20090249628A1 *2006-04-262009-10-08Bijan HosseiniTube Tool Device
US20100095528A1 *2008-10-172010-04-22Christopher Martin HawesFluid dispensing hair removal device
DE102011016205A1 *2011-04-062014-02-13Waldemar KalkovDisposable container with shaving gel, mounted on handle of shaving razor, is filled with shaving gel that is fully pressed to blade portion of shaving razor, while container is pressed, for performing shaving operation

I guess a bad idea just wont die Tongue

There's a long history of soap oozing brushes as well!

[Image: CeHwG8M.jpg]

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 09-05-2022, 07:37 PM
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(09-01-2022, 05:24 AM)TobyC Wrote:
(08-31-2022, 10:41 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(08-30-2022, 04:37 AM)TobyC Wrote: He was not alone in his squirting razor endeavors.


Publication numberPriority datePublication dateAssigneeTitle

US2447358A *1944-11-211948-08-17Neuburger WilliamFountain safety razor
US2747273A *1952-12-091956-05-29Gustaf A OlssonLiquid dispensing razor
US2786270A *1954-08-311957-03-26Orlando CarlSelf-lubricating shaver
US2790234A *1954-08-121957-04-30Goldstein MeyerSelf lubricating razors
US2839224A *1956-04-301958-06-17Lipka JohnLather dispenser in a razor
DE1045282B *1956-12-311958-11-27Martin BaramShaving unit
US2888695A *1953-02-161959-06-02Anderson MalcolmSpreading dispensers
US3139683A *1963-04-021964-07-07Waldman JosephSafety razor with fluid distributing manifold
US3295204A *1964-02-211967-01-03Brophy Robert BrianCleaning apparatus for electric shavers
US3412465A *1966-07-291968-11-26Robert V JamborLubricating device for safety razor
US4074429A *1976-08-231978-02-21Roberts Thomas GNovel lathering device and razor assembly
US4129942A *1977-09-121978-12-19Denizman Nejat HShaving implement
US4635361A *1985-06-071987-01-13Demars RobertDisposable razor
EP0495754A1 *1991-01-171992-07-22Kai Industries Co. Ltd.Exchange cartridge for a razor with an applicator
US20020029478A1 *1998-08-192002-03-14The Gillette CompanyApplying fluid preparations to the skin, e.g. in connection with shaving
US20040208884A1 *1999-08-202004-10-21Danishefsky Samuel J.Clustered multi-antigenic carbohydrate constructs, methods for their preparation, and uses thereof
US6886254B12003-12-162005-05-03Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120561A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120560A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050120559A1 *2003-12-042005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050123342A1 *2003-12-082005-06-09Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus with pivot-actuated valve for delivery of shaving aid material
US20050126008A1 *2003-12-162005-06-16Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20050144786A1 *2003-12-302005-07-07Eveready Battery Company, Inc.Shaving apparatus
US20060254056A1 *2003-10-172006-11-16Eveready Battery CompanyShaving device with shaving aid material dispenser
US20090249628A1 *2006-04-262009-10-08Bijan HosseiniTube Tool Device
US20100095528A1 *2008-10-172010-04-22Christopher Martin HawesFluid dispensing hair removal device
DE102011016205A1 *2011-04-062014-02-13Waldemar KalkovDisposable container with shaving gel, mounted on handle of shaving razor, is filled with shaving gel that is fully pressed to blade portion of shaving razor, while container is pressed, for performing shaving operation

I guess a bad idea just wont die Tongue

There's a long history of soap oozing brushes as well!

[Image: CeHwG8M.jpg]

Which is a repeat of an old, worn idea...

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 09-06-2022, 05:19 AM
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(09-05-2022, 07:37 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(09-01-2022, 05:24 AM)TobyC Wrote:
(08-31-2022, 10:41 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I guess a bad idea just wont die Tongue

There's a long history of soap oozing brushes as well!

[Image: CeHwG8M.jpg]

Which is a repeat of an old, worn idea...

That looks like a vacuum cleaner dusting attachment with a shave brush knot.

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