DRAFT

Kampfe Star Razors

Disclaimer

This is a work in progress!

This classification is obviously inspired by Howard Hazelcorn's work. His classification is missing (very few) models and his descriptions could be more detailed and methodical. I miss information about the teeth, blade stops and the number of rivets at the back of the head. I also like pictures and lots of them. Rather than add to the Hazelcorn classification, Im using my own.
These designations are very likely to change while I gather information and stare at the table below.
There is still a lot of information missing as I don't have access to all Kampfe Star models. If you have (very detailed) images of a Star razor without images or one that has details missing (???) or not every patent listed, please let me know.

The following table contains information to identify a Kampfe Star razor.
The columns and their meaning (move mouse over images to zoom in):

  • Model — The model number. It has three parts
    1. It starts with “KS” (short for Kampfe Star)
    2. followed by the earliest year the model could have been made (based on patents, awards and features of the razor)
    3. and finally a single digit number to distinguish between razors with the same earliest year.
      Those numbers were (mostly) chosen to keep the Hazelcorn model numbers in the right order if possible and don't mean one model was earlier than the next one.
    Click on the model number to get a more detailed description.
  • HR — The model in Hazelcorn's classification
  • Head — is the head open or closed at the front. Open heads are always hinged at the back.
  • Adjustment — where are the blade adjustment screws or is there a spring clip instead
  • Top — is the top of the razor head fixed or hinged at the back
  • Pierced — what is pierced into the top of the razor
  • Teeth — Number and arrange of teeth on the guard.
  • Stops — Wether the razor has blade stops () or not ().
    Models with 11 teeth don't have blade stops.
    Models with 13 teeth (11+2) have blade stops on the two outermost teeth.
    Models with 12 teeth (6×2 Y) have blade stops on the frame.
  • Stars — most models have two stars pierced at the bottom front of the frame, some don't
  • Rivets — The number of rivets visible at the back of the frame.
  • Front / Back — Text and symbols embossed on the head (except patent and award lists).
    Move the mouse over the numbers in the ‘Front’ and ‘Back’ columns to reveal the text or refer to the legend below the table.
Model HR Head Adjustment Top Pierced Teeth Stops Stars Rivets Front * Back *
KS-1880-1 HR-1A closed none fixed straight 11 ☆☆ 1 1
KS-1884-1 HR-1B closed none fixed straight 11 ☆☆ 1 9 2 11
KS-1884-2 HR-2A closed none fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3 9 2 11
KS-1887-1 HR-3A closed top fixed angled ??? ??? 3 6 3
KS-1887-2 HR-3B closed top fixed angled ??? ??? 3 3 6
KS-1887-3 HR-4A closed top fixed angled 11 3 9 3
KS-1887-4 HR-4B closed top fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3 ??? 9
KS-1887-5 HR-5A closed top fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3 9 2
KS-1890-1 HR-5B closed top fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3 9 4
KS-1890-2 HR-5C closed top fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3 ??? 3
KS-18xx-S HR-S1 closed top fixed angled 11 ☆☆ 3
KS-1896-1 HR-7A closed top&bottom hinged STAR 11 ☆☆ 3 9 4
KS-1896-2 HR-6A closed top&bottom hinged KSR 11+2 3 4 6 12
KS-1897-1 HR-8A closed top hinged STAR 11+2 ☆☆ 3 9 4
KS-1900-1 HR-9A closed side hinged STAR 11+2 ☆☆ 3 10 7 4
KS-1900-2 HR-10A closed side hinged KSR ??? ??? 3 5 7 4
KS-1901-1 HR-11A open side fixed STAR ??? ??? ☆☆ 1 9 8 4
KS-1901-2 HR-12A open rear fixed KSR ??? ??? ☆☆ 3 6 8 3 12 14
KS-1901-3 HR-13A open rear fixed STAR ??? ??? ☆☆ 3 ??? 4
KS-1901-4 open spring fixed STAR 6×2 Y ☆☆ 1 9 8 4
KS-1901-S HR-S2 open spring fixed STAR 6×2 Y ☆☆ 1
KS-1902-1 HR-13B open rear fixed STAR ??? ??? ☆☆ 3 9 8 4
KS-1902-2 HR-14A open spring fixed STAR 6×2 Y ☆☆ 1 9 8 4 15
KS-1902-3 HR-14B open spring fixed STAR 6×2 Y ☆☆ 1 9 8 4 13 15
  1. KAMPFE BROS. NY
  2. KAMPFE BROS. NY CITY
  3. KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
  4. KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
  5. KAMPFE SAFETY RAZOR
  6. KAMPFE'S SAFETY RAZOR
  7. "LEADS THEM ALL"
  8. NEW MODEL
  9. STAR SAFETY RAZOR
  10. THE STAR SAFETY RAZOR
  11. 1884 award shield
  12. KKK trademark in triangle
  13. K trademark logo
  14. Paris 1900 medal
  15. Paris & Pan American circles

Move the mouse pointer over an image to zoom in a bit. Click on an image to see it at a higher resolution.

KS-1880-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-1A
Patents:  June 15.80
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  None
Top:  Fixed, 11 straight lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  Patent date
KAMPFE BROS. NY
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  Blank
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Wood

Images: Gary H@B&B
KS-1884-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-1B
Patents:  June 15.80
Awards:  Medal of superiority awarded at American Institute 1884
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  None
Top:  Fixed, 11 straight lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  Patent date
STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NY CITY
1884 award shield
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Wood

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1884-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-2A
Patents:  June 15.80
Awards:  Medal of superiority awarded at American Institute 1884
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  None
Top:  Fixed, 6 angled lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  Patent date
STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NY CITY
1884 award shield
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, plain

KS-1887-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-3A
Patents:  Last March 8, 1887
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, angled lines
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  KAMPFE'S SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  None
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, dots

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1887-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-3B
Patents:  Last March 8, 1887
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, angled lines
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
Stars:  None
Back:  KAMPFE'S SAFETY RAZOR
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, dots

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1887-3
Hazelcorn:  HR-4A
Patents:  US June 15.80
Engl. Mar.8.87
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front, ornate
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, 6 angled lines
Teeth:  11, grooved on top
Blade stops:  
Front:  Engl. patent date
Stars:  None
Back:  US patent date
STAR SAFETY RAZOR
KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: ebay
KS-1887-4
Hazelcorn:  HR-4B
Patents:  Last March 8, 1887
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front, ornate
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, 6 angled lines
Teeth:  11, grooved on top
Blade stops:  
Front:  
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  Banner
STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: ebay
KS-1887-5
Hazelcorn:  HR-5A
Patents:  US: June15.80June22.80Jan'5.86May4.86June22.86June22.86Dec.14.86Mar.8.87Apr.12.87Nov.15.87
England March 8.1887
Awards:  Medal of superiority awarded at American Institute 1884-85-86
Mechanics' Institute San Francisco, Cal. 1886
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, 6 angled lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NY CITY
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: Galhatz@B&B
KS-1890-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-5B
Patents:  US: June15.80June22.80Jan'5.86May4.86June22.86Dec.14.86Mar.8.87Apr.12.87Nov.15.87Apr.1.90
England March 8.1887
Awards:  Medal of superiority awarded at American Institute 1884-85-86
Mechanics' Institute San Francisco, Cal. 1886
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, 6 angled lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

KS-1890-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-5C
Patents:  Last April 1, 1890
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, angled lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1896-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-7A
Patents:  June 15. 80June 22. 1886March 8 1887August 7. 1888Oct.15.94Mar.12.95Feb.18.96
Foreign Patents England Mar.8.87 Nov.11.96 Secured Also in Germany & France
Awards:  Numerous Awards Premiums & Medals
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top and bottom screws
Top:  Hinged, STAR
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: Flintstone65@B&B, ebay
KS-1896-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-6A
Patents:  Last February 18, 1896
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top and bottom screws
Top:  Hinged, KSR
Teeth:  11+2
Blade stops:  
Front:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Stars:  None
Back:  KAMPFE'S SAFETY RAZOR
KKK trademark in triangle
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, dots

Images: ebay
KS-1897-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-8A
Patents:  USA: June 22.1886Aug.7.1888Oct.16.1894Mar.12.1895Feb.18.1896 — June 9.1896 — May 11.1897 — Trade mark Aug.20.1895
France Oct.11.95 — Trade mark № 6868 № 6869 & № 6870
England Mar.8.1887 — Nov.11.1895
Germany Aug.23.1895 — Trade mark Feb.11.1895
U.S.A. and foreign patents pending
Awards:  Numerous awards, premiums & medals;
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Hinged, STAR
Teeth:  11+2
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: spidey9@TOST
KS-18xx-S
Hazelcorn:  HR-S1
Patents:  None
Awards:  Medal of superiority awarded [at American Institute 1884-85-86?]
Head:  Closed at front, silver
Adjustment:  Top screws
Top:  Fixed, angled lines
Teeth:  11
Blade stops:  
Front:  Blank
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  Blank
Rivets:  3
Inside:  KAMPFE BROS. NY CITY
Award
Handle:  One piece, silver, decorated

Inscription on inside looks similar to back of model KS-1887-5 (HR-5A)

Images: ebay
KS-1900-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-9A
Patents:  Last January 14, 1900
Awards:  Numerous Awars Premiums and Medals
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Side screws
Top:  Hinged, STAR
Teeth:  11+2
Blade stops:  
Front:  THE STAR SAFETY RAZOR
"LEADS THEM ALL"
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: GAW9576@B&B
KS-1900-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-10A
Patents:  Last January 14, 1900
Awards:  
Head:  Closed at front
Adjustment:  Side screws
Top:  Hinged, KSR
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  KAMPFE SAFETY RAZOR
"LEADS THEM ALL"
Stars:  None
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, dots

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1901-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-11A
Patents:  Last April 30, 1901
Awards:  
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Side screws
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Two piece, stars

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1901-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-12A
Patents:  Last April 30, 1901
Awards:  
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Rear screws
Top:  Fixed, KSR
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  KAMPFE'S SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK
KKK trademark in triangle
Paris 1900 medal
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, dots

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1901-3
Hazelcorn:  HR-13A
Patents:  Last April 30, 1901
Awards:  
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Rear screws
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, star

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1901-4
Hazelcorn:  
Patents:  USA: AUG.7.1888FEB.26.1901APRIL 30.1901
Eng. Germany France Italy: Pending
Awards:  Highest Award Paris 1900
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Spring clip
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  6×2 Y-shaped
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Two piece, star

Images: spidey9@TOST
KS-1901-S
Hazelcorn:  HR-S2
Patents:  Last February 18, 1896
Awards:  
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back, made from Sterling Silver
Adjustment:  Spring clip - patent not applied for until 1901
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  6×2 Y-shaped
Blade stops:  
Front:  Blank
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  Blank
Rivets:  1
Inside:  Patent date, "Sterling"
Handle:  One piece, Celluloid, Ivory or Mother of pearl

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1902-1
Hazelcorn:  HR-13B
Patents:  Last March 4, 1902
Awards:  
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Rear screws
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  ???
Blade stops:  ???
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Rivets:  3
Handle:  Two piece, star

Images: missing — Please help
KS-1902-2
Hazelcorn:  HR-14A
Patents:  U.S.A. 8.7.882.26.014.30.013.4.02
Eng. France Italy 4.30.01
Germany 5.1.01
Awards:  Highest Award Paris 1900
Highest Pan American Award 1901
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Spring clip
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  6×2 Y-shaped
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
Paris & Pan American circles
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Various

Images: Andreas Schneider
KS-1902-3
Hazelcorn:  HR-14B
Patents:  U.S.A. 8.7.882.26.014.30.013.4.02
Eng. France Italy 4.30.01
Germany 5.1.01
Awards:  Highest Award Paris 1900
Highest Pan American Award 1901
Head:  Open at front, hinged at back
Adjustment:  Spring clip
Top:  Fixed, STAR
Teeth:  6×2 Y-shaped
Blade stops:  
Front:  STAR SAFETY RAZOR
NEW MODEL
Stars:  ☆☆
Back:  KAMPFE BROS. NEW YORK USA
K trademark logo
Paris & Pan American circles
Rivets:  1
Handle:  Various

Images:: Andreas Schneider