So I was doing some research for an up and coming article for the Shaving Shack blog (here) on the rising popularity of the slant bar razor. Funny enough, the concept has been around almost as long at the safety razor as we know it today has. (hat tip to old King Gillette). While searching for the original patent applications for the slant bar razor I found some really interesting other patents that I thought worthy of note. ‘
Here is Thomas Wild’s slant bar patent. Filed in 1915, and approved and patented 1916.
The one and only, original patent for King Camp Gillette’s safety razor, the one that started it all. Note: the original application date is in 1901, and the patent is 1904.
It was interesting to note in the research that there seems to be some debate as to whom exactly applied the first patent for the slant bar razor. Some argue it was Merkur, some Wild, but my research is inconclusive at worst and proving Wild at best. Unfortunately a lot of the German patent records were destroyed in the World Wars, and it seems that we will never know for sure. If someone has any evidence otherwise please let me know!!
Patents for an adjustable safety razor! Wow, this looks like the Gillette Fatboy bottom dial that went into production. The patent here is awarded to two inventors Meyer Shnitzler and Michael Douglas Benedict Jr. I could not find where or if these two gentlemen worked for Gillette, sold their patent to Gillette, or what happened with their patent beyond the application. I would be most appreciative of information if someone does know or knows where to find it.
Last but not least and interesting for sure is a patent for a slant headed disposable (or so it seems?). Now this is not a torqued head, but a head set at an angle. It still provides a slanted/slicing action as many of the early slant safety razors, but in a more French Guillotine style instead of the torqued style. It’s from 1981, and who knows if it ever hit production but it’s certainly a cool bit of history.
I hope you enjoyed these neat tid-bits of history as much as I did. Please leave a comment if you know of any other cool patents hanging around out there or any insights to the slant origin!
Keep it smooth!