US 2387765 A
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Oct. 30, 1945. G. MONNET FLOATING RAZOR Filed July 7, 1942 IN V EN TOR. GEORGES M0 N/VE 7' 4% I A TToRA/EV Patented Oct. 30, 1945 Guardian Merchandising Corporation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a corporation of Quebec,
Canada Application July 7, 1942, Serial No. 449,998
This invention relates to safety razors and is a continuation-in-part of my co-pending application for United States Letters Patent, Serial Number 421,270, now Patent No. 2,320,374 granted June 1, 1943.
Life outdoors in camps, armed forces and on expeditions, excursions and the like presents certain requirements to safety razors which are further influenced by present day shortage of metal. Prior art safety razors made entirely of metal do not satisfy such requirements completely, since the razors are heavy, bulky, inconvenient to handle, occupy a great deal of space and may be easily damaged or broken.
An object of the present invention is the provision of a safety razor which is particularly suitable for use outdoors and/or in rough environments presenting a minimum of comfort and convenience.
The user of a safety razor who is shaving outdoors while bending over a trough, a brook, or the edge of some larger body of water may easily drop his razor into the water or upon the ground or floor. Usually, a very small area, if any, is available upon which the razor may be placed. Consequently, a safety razor intended for outdoor use should be so constructed that it may be easily retrieved if dropped into water, particularly if the water is fairly deep; its bladeclamping parts should be protected from damage caused by a fall and it should require the least possible supporting area when it is not in use.
Various other objects of the present invention will become apparent in the course of the following specification.
In accomplishing the objects of the present invention it was found desirable to construct a safety razor, and particularly its handle, of such material and of such form and shape that the safety razor will float when dropped in water and that its center of gravity will be located somewhere in the handle below the blade-clamping head, so that the razor will float in an upright position. Then the razor may be easily retrieved after being dropped into any body of water.
The clamping head of the razor usually carries a blade having a sharp edge or edges. A user who does not see the razor clearly in the water and who is trying to grasp it, may easily cut his fingers or his hand. The location of the center of gravity below the clamping head, as proposed in accordance with the principles of the present invention, eliminates this danger to a great extent, since the blade-carrying head will be clearly visible to the user and since he will know that the razor floats in an upright position.
Another advantage of this location of the center of gravity of the razor is that the razor will fall or drop in its upright position, with the handle directed downwardly, so that the handle will strike first the floor, the ground or any other hard object which may be located below the falling razor., The handle of the razor is of solid and sturdy construction, while the clamping head of the razor consists of comparatively thin easily bendable or breakable metal parts. Since the razor constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention falls with its handle directed downwardly, the head of the razor Will be protected to a great extent from damage or injury caused by dropping the razor.
The described location of the center of gravity in the handle of the razor makes it most convenient to keep the razor in an upright position upon a shelf or any other supporting surface. Thus the razor will occupy the least possible amount of space.
The invention will appear more clearly from the following detailed description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawing showing, by way of example only, preferred embodiments of the inventive idea.
The drawing shows a section through a razor constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention.
The safety razor shown in the drawing has a head I which may be made of plastics or a light metal and which includes a support 4 for a safety blade 5, and a guard or clamping member 6. The support 4 carries elongated fingersupporting elements 8 used to cover the sharp edge of the blade 5 when the razor is not bein used.
Any suitable means may be used for clamping the blade 5 between the support 4 and the clamping member 6. In the example illustrated, the head 1 is provided with a threaded pin 9 which is screwed into the upper end of a handle Ill.
The handle l0 may be made of a plastic or composition material, wood or any other suitable material, the specific gravity of which is so elected that the entire razor will float if dropped in water. The lightness and buoyance of the razor may be further increased by introducing a suitable fluid into the hollow interior ll of the handle l0. Furthermore, the form of the handle is so selected and its material is so distributed that the center of gravity of the entire razor is located below the head I and within the handle I0.
Thus if the razor is dropped it will fall with its handle l directed downwardly, so that the outer end of the handle III will strike the floor or the ground. The danger of injury to the head I is thereby greatly diminished.
If the razor is dropped into water, it will float in an erect or upright position, so that it can be easily located and picked up with the least possible danger of injury to the fingers or the hand of the user.
A weight I! located in a recess close to the Outer or lower end of the handle l0 may be used for maintaining the center of gravity of the razor below the head I.
The handle l0 may have a bulging middle portion l3 facilitating the grasping and holding of the handle, and and end portion l4 separated by a narrower waist portion l5 from the middle portion l3. The end portion I 4 has outwardly directed side surfaces and a flat end surface 16. The end surface I6 is suificiently wide to enable the razor to stand upon a shelf or the like in an erect position.
A ring I! may be attached to the handle I 0 and used to hang the razor upon a hook or the like.
It is apparent that the razor described above is most suitable for use outdoors in rough and uncomfortable surroundings, where it is liable to be dropped by its user. The razor, if dropped, will strike an underlying surface with its handle, thereby preventing injury to its clamping head to a great extent. The razor will float in water in an upright position, so that it can be easily picked up. Furthermore, the razor can be set up conveniently in an upright position upon a shelf or other supporting surface, so that it will occupy the least possible amount of space.
It is further apparent that the razor described above is subject to wide variation and modification without departing from the scope or intent of the preent invention. All of such variations and modifications are to be included within the scope of the present invention.
What is claimed is:
A buoyant safety razor comprising a blade holding head, a hollow handle, means interconnecting said head and said handle, a fiat bottomed base integral with said handle, and a weight, heavier than said head and said connecting means, situated in said base, said head and said connecting means being made of light plastic material, said handle and said base being made of wood, the specific gravity of all of said parts combined being less than that of water, the center of gravity of said razor being in the general vicinity of said weight.