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Oct. 17, 1957 T. J. HARRIS 3,346,952
SAFETY RAZOR HOLDER AND CASE Filed May 11, 1965 4 INVENTOR THEODORE J. HARRIS BY@&LZ7 V ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,346,952 SAFETY RAZOR HOLDER AND CASE Theodore J. Harris, Greensboro, N.C., assignor of onehalf to Michael Boosalis, Fayetteville, N.C. Filed May 11, 1965, Ser. No. 454,775 2 Claims. (Cl. 30-90) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A holder and protective casing for a safety razor having a transverse blade holding head on the end of a handle is molded in one piece open at one side so that the razor may be placed in the holder from the side. The opposite closed side has a recess to receive the end of the head and on the outer side a flattened supporting surface on which the razor and holder may rest. Unscrewing the handle slightly expands the blade holding portions to contact the closed end of the holder and retain the razor in the holder. Projections on the end act to hold a pack of razor blades.
This invention relates to holders for safety razors of the Gillette type, in a for-m of a body and more particularly this invention comprises a molded, one-piece plastic holder in which the head of such razor may be readily inserted for draining and protection at the lavatory, as well as serving as a case for the razor head during storage or travel.
With the general adoption of stainless steel blades for safety razors, it is common practice for men to leave the razor on the ledge of the lavatory to drip and dry. As men well know, brushing an unprotected razor off the lavatory or dropping it during the shaving operation results in derangement of the blade clamp elements and guard prongs, thus destroying the precision of the blade setting.
With the foregoing in mind, it is the primary object of the present invention to provide a molded, one-piece holder in a form of a body of extremely simple construction into which a razor head may be inserted for purpose of supporting and protecting both the razor head and the blade during draining of the razor and when dry.
A further object of this invention is to provide a holder having a cavity or pocket into which the razor may drain and thus prevent puddles and drain marks where the razor is left to dry.
A still further object of this invention is to provide a holder in which the razor with blade in place may be secured together for protection, as for storage or travel, by a slight reverse rotation of the razor handle.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a razor holder having no movable parts, that is superior in point of simplicity, inexpensiveness of construction, facility and convenience Ill use.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the specification to follow.
My invention consists in a structural arrangement whereby the aforementioned objects are attained, as will hereinafter be more fully set forth, pointed out in the appended claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective of my improved holder with a razor therein, the handle of the razor being in substantially horizontal position;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation thereof with the handle of the razor projecting therefrom in the inclined position of resting upon a flat supporting surface;
FIG. 3 is a plan view of the holder with a razor head therein shown in dotted lines;
FIG. 4 is a vertical center cross-section of the holder in the position of FIG. 2, with razor removed; and
FIG. 5 is a view corresponding to FIG. 4, but depicting a modification of the holder.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts or portions in each of the several views, numeral 10 designates generally a conventional Gillette type razor including a head 11 and handle 11', and 12 a holder therefor according to the present invention.
Holder 12 is in the form of a one-piece body having a narrow transverse planar base portion 13, whereby the body may rest upon a fiat surface 14 in generally upright position. The forward wall 15 of the body is disposed at an acute angle to the planar portion 13, and parallel with the forward wall 15 the body is formed with a cavity or recess 16, of a depth substantially equal to the length of razor head 11 of FIG. 1. In cross section cavity 16 is basically rectangular. The width and thickness of cavity 16 cor-respond generally with the dimensions of razor head 11 with a fair tolerance allowance for facilitating insertion and removal of the razor head. The outer cor ners 17 of the cavity are rounded to correspond generally with the shape of the forward surface of the razor head; while each inner corner 18 defines a shoulder 19 for engaging the corresponding inner surface 20 of the razor; head. ii i Opposite to wall 15, holder 12 is formed with a slot 21 extending therethrongh. Slot 21 runs downwardly along cavity 16 for more than half the length of the latter. Like mating lip portions 22 extend from the rear upper edge portions of the holder defining slot 21, and lip portions 22 in turn define a channel 23 leading into cavity 16. The bottom 23' of channel 23 is so located that upon inserting the razor head in the cavity the handle fits in said channel in a position substantially mid-way the ends of the cavity. Channel 23 serves to brace the handle and reduce stresses applied to the handle from reaching the head and distorting the latter.
The surface of forward wall 15 of the holder is provided with two or more spaced elements 24, each of said elements representing a unit of a two-piece fastener for retaining a pack 25 of razor blades. The elements 24 are illustrated as male members of a snap fastener connection between the holder and pack 25.
In use, after shaving the razor may be rinsed and inserted while wet directly into the holder 12 and left to drip and dry in the position of FIG. 2. Any water adhering to the razor will collect in the bottom 26 of the cavity and thus not puddle or leave water marks upon the supporting surface 14. Upon a slight counter-clockwise rotation of handle 11', the blade clamps 27 will engage and push against the inner surface of forward wall 15 of the cavity, thereby forcing the razor head rearwardly and the under surface 20 of the head against shoulders 19, thus wedging the razor head in the holder. In this state the holder is fixed to the razor head and upon picking up the razor the holder is carried with it. In this condition the holder serves as a case for packing the razor for storage or travel. It follows that when the razor is left in wedged state in the holder that the razor is protected from damage incident to a falling of the razor to the floor.
The modification of FIG. 5 differs from the form of the invention described above in the contour of the holder. More specifically, the base portion 13 of FIG. 5 presents approximately double the area of that of the first form of the invention, with resultant increase in stability. Also the convex curvature 28 of the lip portions 22 is deemed to be of equally pleasing appearance. Further, both items just referred to result in a savings in material needed for molding the holder.
The holder may be made of a wide variety of materials. The holder lends itself to molding techniques, and for economy, color and freedom from corrosion, itmay be formed of nylon, polyethylene or equivalent plastic ma- .terial.
Whilethe foregoing description sets forth the invention in specific terms, itis to be understood that changes may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A holder for the head of a razor of the Gillette type in a form of a molded, one-piece plastic body formed with a cavity for receiving said head, said cavityextending downwardly in said body to a depth corresponding substantially to the length of said head, said body being further formed with a slot therethrough extending along and communicating with said cavity for on the order of half the length of said cavity and through which the handle of said razor may project, the lower outer wall at the closed end of said cavity being formed with a narrow planar transverse base portion in a plane acute to said cavity, whereby in the razor supporting position the lowermost surface of the free end of said handle is substantially in the plane of said base portion for increased stability of said holder, said body being formed with wall portions projecting rearwardly from the edges defining said slot which provide a channel for accommodating said handle.
2. The structure as defined in claim 1 wherein said cavity is of generally rectilinear cross-section, with the corners adjacent said slot defining shoulders to receive the blade guard of said razor, and the opposite corners being rounded in general conformity with the curvature of the edges, of said razor head to embrace said head so that the razor may be maintained in said cavity by reverse rotation of the handle to expand the blade clamping mem bers into engagement with the end wall of said cavity.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS WILLIAM FELDMAN, Primary Examiner.
25 MYRON C. KRUSE, Examiner.