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Face-Illuminating Razor

Patent US1429760

Invention Face-Illuminating Razor

Filed Monday, 18th July 1921

Published Tuesday, 19th September 1922

Inventor Lester E. Norquist

Language English

CPC Classification:   
  • B26B21/46
    Details or accessories for illuminating the skin
  • B
    Performing Operations; Transporting
  • B26
    Hand Cutting Tools; Cutting; Severing
  • B26B
    Hand-Held Cutting Tools Not Otherwise Provided For
  • B26B21/00
    Razors of the open or knife type; Safety razors or other shaving implements of the planing type; Hair-trimming devices involving a razor-blade; Equipment therefor
  • B26B21/40
    Details or accessories

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Patented Sept. 19, 1922. 1,429,760
United States Patent Office.

Lester E. Norquist, of Denver, Colorado. Face-Illuminating Razor Application filed July 18, 1921.Serial No. 485,439.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Lester E. Norquist, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at the city and county of Denver and State of Colorado, have invented a new and useful Face-Illuminating Razor, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a face illuminating razor for use when shaving.

And the objects of my invention are:

First. To provide a light in the form of a lamp that is adjustably and removably attached to the razor-blade holder in a position to illuminate the face when shaving.

Second. To provide, an electric lamp that is adapted to be attached to a razor-blade holder and that is attachable and detachable by an electric current circuit cord, the ends of which are provided with circuit connecting plugs to the electric lamp sockets in the rooms of residences, hotels, and in all places where an electric connection can be made to a suitable supply of electric current.

Third. To provide a small, compact and easily handled lamp for razors, that is arranged to illuminate the face of a man when shaving and that throws its light directly on the face at the point where the razor is cutting the beard.

Fourth. To provide beard shaving razors with a light directing lamp of any suitable kind, such as an electrical current lamp connected to a supply of electric current of the electric current generating plants and their circuit wire sockets of cities, hotels, residences, and other buildings, and of Pullman passenger trains, and any other places, that can be attached directly to the razors and arranged to reflect their light directly against that part of the face of the user where the razor is cutting the beard.

I attain these objects by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a side elevation of my illuminating device shown in connection with a style of safety razor in common use.

Fig. 2 is a sectional view of the same, showing the conductor plug disconnected from the lamp socket.

Fig. 3 is a side view showing the parts constituting my device disconnected one from the other, and also showing a different style of razor from that shown in Figures 1 and 2. And

Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view on the line 4—4 of Figure 3.

Similar letters of reference refer to similar parts throughout the several views.

Referring to the drawings:

The numeral 1, designates a light producing lamp of any suitable kind, but which is preferably an electric current light producing glass globe lamp of any small but predetermined size, and this lamp is inserted in and is supported by a hand-grasping socket 2.

My invention contemplates broadly the use of a light producing lamp of any kind or character, but I preferably use an electric lamp, and consequently this specification will be confined to the description of an electric lamp connected to and arranged to illuminate the face of men when shaving.

One end 3, of the member 2, is provided with a reduced hub member 4, which is provided with a threaded aperture 5, which receives a threaded stem 6, that is secured on the clamp member of a razor blade holder 7, of a style in common use, and preferably at the center of its length, and at that part of its width that will enable it to hang after it has been screwed onto the threaded stem tightly up against the end of the hub 4, of the lamp supporting frame, at the best angle to shave the easiest and in the best and most thorough manner in relation to the position of the lamp and its supporting socket 2.

The handle of my face illuminating razor consists of the lamp supporting socket 2, and a light reflector 9, which I term a light reflecting hood, which is made of a non-light penetrating material, preferably metal, and is arranged to be attached to the razor. I preferably make these parts of the handle in one integrally constructed hand-grasping handle, as shown in the drawings, so that they form, throughout their combined length on their outside surface, a hand-grasping handle for the safety razor blade holder.

The handle is preferably round in shape, and the inside surface of the reflecting hood, which is of concave form, is provided with a light-reflecting surface, by either polishing it or applying a light reflecting material or paint to it.

This light reflecting hood is of such a size and shape that it partially surrounds the lamp in such a manner that the light of the lamp is reflected directly against the face of the user of the razor when shaving, and particularly against the cutting edge portion of the razor blade and immediately in front of it, while the light of the lamp does not shine to the rear of the lamp and of the razor, as the light cannot pass through it.

If desired, however, the several parts of the handle may be made in separate pieces, each by itself and arranged to be assembled and connected together into a handle.

The socket end 2, of the handle is provided with the commonly used electric lamp connecting socket 11, which is removably connected to it by any suitable means. I preferably, however, carry out this feature of my invention in the following manner:

The socket 11, is made of porcelain or other non-conducting material, and it is provided with the usual threaded aperture, into which the threaded end of the electric lamp 1, is secured.

The socket 11, is provided with an annular groove 12, and the lower end of this socket fits in a neck portion 13, of a sleeve 14, which enters the lower end of the handle 2. The upper end of the neck 13, is flattened to form an annular lip 15, and in flattening the end of the neck, the lip thus formed is forced into the groove 12, as shown in Figure 2, and thus holds the socket securely in the neck of the sleeve. The lower end of the sleeve terminates in a right angled base flange 15, which terminates in an upturned rim 16, which is adapted to fit tightly around the lower end of the handle member 2. The lower end of the handle 2, is formed with oppositely positioned bayonet slots 17, and the rim 16, is provided with short pins 18, which are adapted to enter the slots 17, and to be locked therein in the usual manner by giving the rim 16, a slight turning movement on the end of the handle. Before locking the lamp socket and its supporting sleeve to the end of the handle, a glass tube 19, is inserted in the handle, which extends the whole length of the handle, and encloses the lamp when the same is in operative position in the handle. The tube 19, is closed at its upper end, and its open lower end is flush with the lower end of the handle. In order to provide a slight space between the tube and handle, annular grooves 20 are formed in the outer face of the handle near its opposite ends, and these grooves form corresponding ribs on the inner surface of the handle, which bear against the tube and prevent the same from contacting with the handle, thus preventing the handle from becoming heated.

By the manner of connecting the sleeve to the handle, the sleeve is easily and quickly attached and detached, and when attached, it need not be removed except when it is necessary to replace a burnt-out lamp with a new one. The socket 11, is provided with depending metal conductors 21, which connect with the lamp terminal in the usual manner and extend into the sleeve 14.

A plug 22, is arranged to fit into the sleeve and remain there when a frictional pushing pressure is applied to it, and is provided with a shoulder 23, that bears against the outside end of the sleeve and defines the distance the plug should be inserted in the sleeve. The plug is made of non-conductive material and is provided with the usual metal sockets which receive the metal conductors 21, thus forming a circuit make and break terminal between the plug and socket. The construction of the plug 22, is not illustrated, as it is of a style in common use. Circuit wires 24, are connected at one end to the plug terminals, and their opposite ends are connected to a common form of plug, not shown, that is to be connected to the electric light socket of a chandelier or circuit terminal of the room of hotels, residences and other places.

The top of the reflecting hood is formed to project only partially over the glass tube 19, so the light of the lamp within the tube will shine up through the end of it directly onto the cutting edge of the razor and that part of the face immediately surrounding it.

In Figures 1 and 2, I have shown the device in connection with a form of razor in common use, in which one member of the razor is provided with a threaded stem 6, which ordinarily is screwed into the usual handle which accompanies the razor. When the razor is used in connection with my illuminating device, this stem 6, is screwed into the threaded aperture 5 in the upper end of the reflector portion 9. Other forms of safety razors have handles provided with threaded pins which screw into threaded apertures in the razor holder; and to adapt my device to the latter style of razor, I provided a threaded pin 25, one end of which is screwed into the threaded aperture 5, in the upper end of my device, and the outer end of this pin is then screwed into the threaded aperture in the blade holder 26, of this form of razor. Thus my illuminating device can be used with any style of safety razor in common use.

The operation of my face illuminating razor is as follows:

A completely operative face illuminating razor is provided for each user, which means that the handle and its reflecting hood are attached to a safety razor holder with a razor blade in it, and the sleeve and the glass cylinder and the socket with the electric lamp are in operative position within the handle. Then all the user has to do is to connect the chandelier plug to the supply of current on, and then insert the handle plug in the sleeve and connect it to the socket of the lamp, which is instantly lighted. The user then proceeds to shave in the usual way and he holds the handle in a position to allow the light of the lamp to be reflected by the reflecting hood directly onto his face, that part of it the razor blade is shaving his beard.

My face illuminating razor is of a small convenient size to hold in the hand, and it is light enough in weight to be easily and quickly handled with as much dexterity as any ordinary safety razor, and while I have illustrated and described its preferred construction, I do not wish to be limited to it, as changes may be made in it without departing from the spirit of my invention.

Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:

1. An illuminated razor for shaving, a razor blade and its holder and a handle secured to said razor, containing a lamp arranged to throw its light onto the face of the user and around the razor; it being provided with a light reflector arranged to direct the light from shining back of the handle; said lamp being an electric lamp having means for connecting the lamp to a source of current supply; and a glass cylinder in said handle surrounding said lamp, and means for detachably connecting said glass cylinder to said handle; said electric lamp being provided with a socket and a plug and socket circuit wire, and cord arranged to be removably connected to said electric lamp socket.

2. An illuminated razor comprising a tubular handle, a part of whose wall is cut away, the interior of the remaining wall portion acting as a reflector, a glass cylinder in said tubular handle which is closed at its upper end, a cap which is detachably connected to the lower end of said handle having a socket portion which projects into the lower end of said glass cylinder, an incandescent lamp secured in said socket portion, a plug adapted to connect with a current source, and which is inserted in said socket to connect with the lamp terminals; in combination with a razor and its holder, and means for securing the holder to the upper end of the handle.

3. In an illuminated razor, the combination with a razor and a holder therefor, of a tubular handle and means for detachably securing said holder to the upper end of said handle, a part of the wall of said handle being cut away, the interior face of the remaining portion of the handle forming a reflecting surface, a tubular glass housing in said handle which is closed, at its upper end, and annular beads in said handle, which space said glass housing from said handle, a cap having a bayonet joint connection with the lower end of said handle, said cap having a socket member which projects into the lower end of said glass housing, an incandescent lamp in said housing which is secured in said socket and a terminal plug which is inserted in said socket to connect with the lamp terminals, said plug being adapted to connect with a current source.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

Lester E. Norquist.


G. Sargent Elliott,

Elizabeth Smith.