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Straight Razor Sheath and Handle

Patent US289389

Invention Sheath for Razors

Filed Tuesday, 25th September 1883

Published Tuesday, 4th December 1883

Inventor Thomas Clarke

Language English

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No. 289,389.Patented Dec. 4, 1883.
United States Patent Office.

Thomas Clarke, of Sheffield, county of York, England. Sheath for Razors.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 289,389, dated December 4, 1883. Application filed September 25, 1883. (No model.) Patented in England August 2, 1883, No. 3,781.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Thomas Clarke, a citizen of Great Britain, and a resident of Sheffield, in the county of York, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Sheaths for Razors, (patented in England by British Letters Patent No. 3,781 of 1883, dated the 2d day of August;) and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, which form a part of this specification.

My invention relates to improvements in sheaths for the protection of razor-blades, and is especially useful for razors that are intended to be carried in the pocket, on account of their compact shape, and the impossibility of being cut through by pressure. They have also a very novel appearance, being a facsimile of a razor-blade.

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying sheet of drawings, in which Figure 1 represents the razor blade and tang. Fig. 2 is the sheath; and Fig. 3 is the razor ready for use.

In carrying out my invention I make the razor-blade with a short straight tang, by preference slightly tapered, and temper and finish the blade in the usual manner, but‘without attaching to it any handle or “scales.” I make the sheath approximating to the shape or configuration of the razor-blade and tang, preferably by casting it in suitable white metal, (but, other substances may be used, if desirable, or the sheath may be formed from sheet metal by stamping.) The core upon which the metallic sheath is cast leaves an opening corresponding with the razor-blade and tang, into which the razor can be inserted and pushed down until the blade is hidden, and the tang projects through the other end for convenience of being easily withdrawn. When the razor is taken out of the sheath, the shank or tang is inserted in the opening in the small end of the sheath, as shown in Fig. 3, such combination of sheath and handle being a convenient means for holding the blade while shaving.

a is the blade; b, the tang; c, the sheath.

The same letters indicate similar parts in all the figures.

In conclusion, what I claim as of my invention, and desire to protect by Letters Patent, is—

A combined razor-sheath and razor-handle, corresponding in outline with the razor-blade and its tang, to which it is applied, and recessed for the reception of the razor-blade and its tang longitudinally, substantially as herein specified, for the purposes set forth.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have affixed hereto my signature in presence of two witnesses.

Thomas Clarke.


Robt. F. Drury,

Robert Drury.