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Razor Attachment for Flashlights


InventionAttachment for Safety Razors and Flash Lights

FiledFriday, 16th May 1930

PublishedTuesday, 7th June 1932

InventorSamuel Mendelsohn


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 June 7, 1932. 1,862,274
United States Patent Office.

Samuel Mendelsohn, of New York, New York. Attachment for Safety Razors and Flash Lights Application filed May 16, 1930.Serial No. 452,843.

This invention relates to improvements in attachment for combining a safety razor with a flashlight, and more particularly for use on all standard makes of safety razors and flashlights.

Among the principal objects which the present invention has in view are: To provide an attachment which has means for adjusting a flashlight and safety razor together; to provide means for securely holding a safety razor to the attachment; to utilize the flashlight bulb both for illumination and for securing the attachment to the flashlight; to provide an attachment which will permit any size stud to be inserted depending upon the type of safety razor to be used; to provide means for holding a bulb to the attachment; to provide simplicity of construction and cheapness to manufacture; and to obtain other advantages and results as may be brought out in the following description.


Figure 1 is a front elevation showing the attachment in combination with a flashlight and safety razor;

Figure 2 is a sectional view shown as taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a side view of the attachment partially in section and showing a safety razor of the double edge type, and a bulb inserted; and

Figure 4 is a front view of the attachment in modified form.

In the specification:

In one specific embodiment of the invention illustrated in said drawing, the reference numeral 10 indicates an attachment which is preferably constructed of sheet metal. Said attachment may be independent of a safety razor 11 and a flashlight 12, and is so designed to enable said attachment to fit and rest within the upper or reflector part of the flashlight. For this purpose, the secured end of the attachment is shown substantially as semi-spherical so as to fit within and against the reflecting surface of the present day reflector, replacing the reflecting surface of the flashlight by the inner semi-spherical surface of said end of the attachment. A peripheral opening 13 is provided in the lower semi-spherical portion of the attachment 10 to permit insertion of the threaded portion of a bulb 14 therethrough. When the attachment is to be used in shaving, the user removes the bulb from the flashlight and applies the attachment into the reflector of the flashlight and then returns the bulb into its socket, thereby securing the attachment against removal and against lateral movement.

For the purposes of securing the safety razor 11 to the attachment 10, the attachment has a threaded stud 15 carried thereby in a position projecting longitudinally from the flashlight. This stud is preferably parallel, but offset from the axis of the flashlight so that it will not directly overlie the bulb 14. By this arrangement, the light from the bulb will pass the stud and be effective where needed. In the construction shown in Figures 1 and 2, the stud 15 is provided having its lower end securely held by a collar 16 provided at the end of the sheet metal portion of the said attachment. Said collar as shown is stamped from the sheet metal as a pair of fingers which substantially meet at their ends to encircle the stud. Additional strength may be obtained by soldering, welding, or otherwise supplementing the gripping action of the fingers to obtain a very secure and permanent assembly at this point if so desired.

The razor 11 is applied as desired to the outer end of the stud 15. As shown in Figures 1 and 2, the razor having an internally threaded collar 17 is screwed directly upon the said stud. A knurled or other nut 18 is preferably applied on the stud and is brought up to the razor collar 17 for clamping it in desired adjusted position. A second or lock nut 19 is provided to be locked against the said clamping nut so as to retain the clamping nut in a definite position. The razor may then be unscrewed whenever desired to remove it, and when screwed back on will come to proper adjusted position without further manipulation of the clamping and lock nuts. It will be noted that the structure above described enables a razor to be positioned with the cutting edge directly in the path of the light rays from the bulb.

The invention is not confined to use with razors of one type only, nor to razors having threaded sockets. In Figure 3 is shown, my attachment, including threaded stud 15 and clamping nut 18 and lock nut 19. In this instance, the razor 11a is of the double edge type and is provided with a threaded post 20 as a fixed part thereof. For such a razor, I merely screw the clamping nut to project partly beyond the end of stud 15 and then screw the post of the razor thereinto, The clamping nut can be turned to bring either edge of the blade desired in the path of the light, and then the lock nut 19 is turned to lock the clamping nut as will be readily understood.

Other modifications in the physical embodiment of the invention may be used if desired, and as one such modification, I have illustrated the construction of Figure 4. The attachment 10 in Figure 4 provides the sheet metal portion with a semi-spherical end apertured to receive the bulb. In this instance I have shown a ring 21 threaded onto the socket end of the bulb into engagement with the outer side of the attachment. As a result of this structure, the bulb is held rigidly in the attachment and is applied as a unit to a flashlight.

Furthermore, the stud 15 may have its attached end squared, this structure being emphasized in Figure 4. The lower end of the squared end is preferably provided with a flange 22 projecting from three sides thereof so as to underlie the free portions of the collar or fingers on the body of the attachment. The flange prevents outward displacement of the stud longitudinally, and the squared end prevents rotation of the stud. An assembly nut 23 is then screwed down the stud until it firmly engages the upper edges of the collar or fingers, thus serving to very rigidly hold the parts together.

I claim:

A device as characterized comprising an attachment for flashlights having a hollowed surface and bulb attaching means at the bottom thereof, a curvilinear portion on said device adapted to fit into and be held against an extensive portion of the said hollowed surface, said curvilinear portion having an opening in juxtaposition to the bulb attaching means enabling the said device to be frictionally secured rigidly to the flashlight with the curvilinear portion functioning as a reflector, and razor securing means carried by said curvilinear portion whereby the curvilinear portion acts both as a support and as a reflector for directing the light from the bulb properly to the razor.

Samuel Mendelsohn.