US 2991553 A
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July 11, 1961 D. LEVINE 2,991,553
HAIR CUTTING DEVICE Filed April 7, 1960 United States Patent .5; cc
2,991,553 Patented July 11, 1961 2,991,553 HAIR CUTTING DEVICE David I. Levine, 120 Stanwood St., Roxbury, Mass. Filed Apr. 7, 1960, Ser. No. 20,587 2 Claims. (Cl. 30-30) The present invention relates to a hair cutter.
Scissors, shears, clippers and specially constructed combination straight combs and razor blades have heretofore been used for haircuts. Such devices, and particularly the last-mentioned device, are not altogether satisfactory for use by people having a limited amount of hair cutting skill, since properly cutting hair with a gradual variation in the length of the hair from the short hairs at the nape of the neck and at the side burns to the longer hairs on top of the head is quite difiicult.
The present invention provides a simple and easily operated unitary structure adapted to be used to cut ones hair.
In the present invention, there is provided a specially contoured holder adapted to fit around the head of the individual whose hair is being cut with two flanged ends formed as handles or pivoting points. A specially contoured blade cuts the hair around the ears, tapers the sideburns, shapes hair at the top of the head and trims hair at the back of the neck and shaves the back of the neck.
The device is designed to be used by an unskilled individual for cutting his own hair quickly and simply.
These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood when considered in conjunction with the present invention in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the bottom of the hair cutter forming the invention,
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the top of the invention, and
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional fragmentary elevation taken along the line 33 of FIG. 2.
The hair cutter comprises upper and lower holder elements *1 and 2 respectively with a razor blade 3 interposed and secured between the holder elements. The holder elements 1 and 2 may be formed of a suitable metal such as steel. The holder elements 1 and 2 are parallel and both are formed with an arcuate sector which when positioned around the back of an individuals or users head will extend from a point above and forward of the individuals ear on one side of the head around the back of the head to a point above and forward of the individuals ear on the other side of the head. This arcuate sector 8 and the position relative to the ears are indi cated by the points A and B positioned over the dotted lines 6 and 7 which indicate the individuals ears. When the device is positioned about the individuals head in the position of use illustrated in FIG. 2, the arcuate sectors 8 are rearwardly flared from their bottom edges 10 to their upper edges 11 with the flare gradually increasing from the rearmost position to almost a horizontal position at the points A and B at the sides of the head.
The ends of the holder element 1 are downwardly flanged forming lips 13 and 14 at either end. The bottom edge 10 of the upper holder element 1 is serrated to form teeth 15 from one end of the holder element 1 to the other.
The lower element 2 is contoured and shaped to conform in a matching relation with the upper holder elernent 1. The lower holder element 2, however, is narrower than the upper holder element 1 and is not formed with teeth, but rather is formed with a smooth lower edge as indicated at 17. Intermediate the upper and lower holder elements 1 and 2 is the blade 3 which has its cutting edge '18 projecting downwardly just below the upper edge of the spaces between the teeth 15. The blade 3 is secured between the upper holder element 1 and lower holder element 2 by a plurality of screws 20 or other suitable means. These screws project through transversely extending slots in the razor blade 3 as well as aligned holes in the holder elements 1 and 2. The transversely extending slots such as is illustrated in FIG. 3 permit transverse adjustment of the blade so that greater or less amount of blade edge may be exposed adjacent the teeth 15.
In the operation of this device, the cutter is placed about the head with the lips 13 and 14 positioned over and forward of the ears as illustrated in FIG. 2. In this arrangement the forward ends of the cutter adjacent the lip extend over the sideburns. The front of this device where shaped for the ear is placed in front of the ear and with an upward swing first and then a downward swing in one rotating motion toward the nape of the neck, will cut the hair around the ears, top of the head and sides of the head and around the nape of the neck. The contour of the blade is such that it moves closer to the neck and around the ears as it moves downward. A conventional razor may be used to trim the lower edge of the sideburns. The outward movement is greater toward the rear than at the sideburns. This variation may be emphasized by moving the cutter slightly rearwardly as it is pivoted upwardly. One or more sweeps may be made. The farther forward the lips are positioned, the closer the hair will be cut.
What is claimed is:
1. A hair cutting device for cutting the hair of an individual comprising an elongated upper holder element, an elongated lower holder element, an elongated razor blade and means securing said holder elements on opposite sides of said blade, said holder elements and razor having parallel elongated arcuate sectors shaped to conform to the back of said individuals head with said sectors shaped to flare rearwardly when positioned about the rear of said individuals head from the bottom edges to the top edges of said sectors, said razor blade having an elongated edge projecting beyond an elongated edge of at least one of said holder elements, said holder elements terminating at their ends in parallel lips flared angularly from said arcuate sectors.
2. A device as set forth in claim 1 wherein said lips lie in a common plane and said rearwardly flared arcuate sectors are bent gradually from planes angular to said common plane into said common plane.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,182,059 Tirevol May 9, 1916 FOREIGN PATENTS 273,152 Great Britain June 30, 1927