Patented Jan. 19, 1943
United States Patent Office
Illuminating Razor Handle
Calvin Michaux Beam, Asheville, N. C.
Application June 6, 1941. Serial No. 396,951.
## Claims. (Cl. 30—XX)
This invention relates to an illuminating razor handle and has for an object to provide a device of this character adapted to illuminate the face at the point of contact of the blade with the beard without causing a glare in the shaver's eyes so that shaving may be accomplished in the absence of proper lighting with speed, comfort and safety.
A further object is to provide a device of this character having a helical spring disposed against the razor guard to permit the handle being rotated on its axis to quickly and properly adjust the light rays to illuminate the area being shaved regardless of the angular contours of the face in that particular area.
A further object is to provide a device of this character in which the small lamp bulb is screwed through water resisting material such as sponge rubber or cork to prevent moisture entering the interior of the handle.
A further object is to provide a device of this character which may be plugged into a socket, or may have self-contained batteries, and in which also the parts are interchangeable to fit a razor of the double edged type or the single edged type.
A further object is to provide apparatus of this character which will be formed of a few strong, simple and durable parts, which will be inexpensive to manufacture, and which will not easily get out of order.
With the above and other objects in view the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter fully described and claimed, it being understood that various modifications may be resorted to within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of an illuminating razor handle constructed in accordance with the invention applied to a razor of the double edge type, and having a self-contained battery.
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on the line 2—2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a front elevation of an illuminating handle constructed in accordance with the invention applied to a razor of the single edge type and adapted to be plugged into a receptacle.
Figure 4 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on the line 4—4 of Figure 3.
Referring now to the drawing in which like characters of reference designate similar parts in the various views, 10 designates a tubular razor handle roughened exteriorly to provide a good grip thereon. The handle may be formed of any material but by way of example the handle is shown as being formed of metal. The handle is provided with a pair of curved arms 11 which extend from one end of the handle at diametrically opposite points and are connected together at the outer ends by the base portion 12 of a hollow interiorly threaded stud 13. The stud is adapted to receive the threaded stem 14 of the clamp member of a razor 15 of the double edge type.
A helical spring 16 is sleeved on the stud and is confined under compression between a shoulder 17 on the base portion 12 of the stud and the
guard member of the razor 15. The spring presses against the razor guard and permits the handle 10 being turned axially to dispose the lamp bulb in proper position to illuminate the area, being shaved while the arms 11 shield the shaver's eyes from the light rays.
A conventional lamp bulb 18 of the low voltage type, or flashlight type, is screwed into a moisture resisting sleeve 19 which is confined in a metal threaded tube 20 which constitutes a socket for the lamp bulb. The threads of the tube engage similar threads formed on a ring 21 which constitutes the end of the handle 10 to which the arms 11 are secured. The lamp bulb 18 is exposed between the arms 11.
The hollow handle 10 performs the function of a magazine for a battery cell 22. The battery cell has its outer casing bare and in contact with the metal handle 10. The bottom of the battery cell bears against a water repelling plug 23 formed of cork or rubber, which is carried by a cap 24 which is threadedly engaged with the bottom end of the handle as shown at 25.
A helical spring 26 is confined under compression between the upper end of the battery cell 22 and lower end of the tube 20. The circuit through the bulb may be traced from the central terminal 27 of the battery cell to the central terminal 28 of the lamp bulb, through the bulb filament to the screw base 18 of the bulb to the tube 20 which has a flange 29 in contact with the screw 18, of the lamp bulb thence through the metal handle 10 to the outer casing of the battery in the event the handle is formed of metal, and if the handle is formed of non-conducting material, the spring forms a connector between the tube 20 and the outer casing of the battery.
In the modified form of the invention shown in Figures 3 and 4 the razor handle 30 is tubular and is roughened on the exterior as previously described but is not used as a magazine for a dry cell but instead the lamp bulb 31 is energized through the medium of a lamp cord 32 having a plug connector 33 which is plugged into a step down transformer 34 having terminal prongs 35 adapted to be plugged into a wall outlet or other outlet.
Moreover, the modified form of the invention is shown as being equipped with a razor 36 of the single edge type. In this form of the invention the handle is provided with an extension 37 of substantially the shape of a segment of a globe to form a lamp shade for shading the shaver's eyes while shaving. The shade is provided with an exterior threaded stud 38 having an enlarged base 39 to provide a shoulder 40 at the bottom of the stud. The stud receives the screw eye 41 of the razor.
A helical spring 42 is sleeved on the threaded stud 38 and is confined under compression between the shoulder 40 and the screw eye 41. The spring presses against the screw eye and permits the handle 30 being turned axially to dispose the shade 37 in position to shield the shaver's eyes from rays of light.
The lamp bulb is screwed into a moisture resisting sleeve 43 carried by an exteriorly threaded metal tube 44 which is screwed into a ring 45 forming the base of the shade 37. The tube snugly engages the upper end of the handle 30 and connects the shade to the handle. The tube is also provided with a flange 46 which engages the threaded outer terminal of the lamp bulb. The ring 45 may be unscrewed to remove the shade from the handle and permit replacement of the lamp bulb when burned out.
An electrode 47 is disposed in a metal casing 48 and is insulated therefrom as shown at 49. The casing is imbedded at the lower end in a water resistant plug 50 carried by a cap 51 having a screw threaded engagement 52 with the lower end of the handle.
The casing 48 is in engagement with the cap 51 as shown at 53. One of the conductor wires of the lamp cord 32 is connected to the casing 48 and the other is connected to the electrode 47 which later engages the center contact 54 of the lamp bulb.
The electric circuit may be traced from one conductor of the lamp cord to the electrode 47 to the center contact 54 of the lamp bulb, through the lamp bulb to the outer contact 55 of a lamp bulb, to the tube 44 thence through the handle 30 to the casing 48 and to the other conductor wire of the lamp cord.
In both forms of the invention the lamp bulb may be unscrewed or screwed into its socket to disconnect the bulb or connect the bulb to the source of current.
Since the operation of the parts has been described as the description of the parts progressed, it is thought the invention will be fully understood without further explanation.
What is claimed is:
1. In a razor including a handle, a clamp member, a blade and a guard member, the combination of an illuminating means carried by the handle, a pair of oppositely disposed arms carried by the handle and connected together at the outer ends having a screw thread connection with the clamp member, and a helical spring bearing against the guard member and the outer ends of the arms permitting the handle to be turned axially through the medium of the screw thread connection in the direction necessary to dispose the illuminating means relative to the blade to properly illuminate the face.
2. The structure as of claim 1 and in which the illuminating means comprises a lamp bulb, means connected to the handle for supplying current to the lamp bulb, and water resistant packing material closing both ends of the handle and preventing water reaching the current supplying means.
Calvin Michaux Beam.