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Arnold Fountain Safety Razor

Patent US885422

Invention Safety-Razor

Filed Monday, 28th May 1906

Published Tuesday, 21st April 1908

Inventor Frederick Herbert Arnold

Language English

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United States Patent Office.

Frederick H. Arnold, of Reading, Pennsylvania. Safety-Razor.
No. 885,422. Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Apr. 21, 1908.
Application filed May 28, 1906. Serial No. 319,074

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Frederick H. Arnold, citizen of the United States, residing at Reading, in the county of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Safety-Razors, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to improvements in safety razors and the object of the invention is to provide a novel means of securing a cutting blade between a pair of clamping plates.

The invention is intended more particularly as an improvement on the device shown and described in my pending application Serial No. 275,514.

In the device referred to I employ two clamping plates hooked together at their outer ends and held together at their inner ends by means of a handle screwed onto shanks formed on said plates.

In my present device I secure the plates at their outer ends permanently and provide a simple snap or catch for securing them at their inner ends, thus securing the plates together by means other than the screwing on of the handle.

The invention is more fully described in the following specifications and clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:—

Figure 1 is a plan view of my device, open, with the blade removed. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the complete device. Fig. 3 is an end view of the backing plate.

The numeral 1 designates the guard plate. This plate is formed with the usual teeth along either edge, a perforation 1a at its outer end and a reduced portion 4 at its inner end. On the extremity of this reduced portion I form a tapered plug 3. This reduced or stem-like portion of the plate is formed with a depression or indentation 2 in its upper face. The guard plate is also provided with positioning lugs 12.

The plug 3 is made with varied outside diameters and is adapted to be engaged by a tubular handle 6 at either of its ends.

The numeral 5 designates the spring backing plate. This plate is pivoted at its outer end to the guard plate by means of a suitable pin 13 which permits it to move laterally and uncover the inner face of said guard plate, as shown in Fig.1. This backing plate is formed at its inner end with a reduced stem 7 and on the under face of said stem I provide a tapered lug 8, adapted to enter the indentation 2 in the stem of the guard plate, when closed. A suitable button or thumb piece 9 is formed on the upper face of this stem to facilitate opening and closing the device.

The numeral 10 designates the cutting blade. This blade is formed with a cutting edge at both sides and has perforations 11 formed in the body thereof adapted to register with the lugs 12 on the guard plate. When it is desired to place the blade in position, the backing plate is swung open around its pivotal connection, as shown in Fig. 1; the blade is placed in position on the guard plate and the backing plate is then closed until the lug on its under face snaps into the indentation in the stem of the guard plate, thus securely holding the blade in position. The normal open position of the plates will easily permit the placing of the blade as described.

The handle 6 may be removed from the rear end of the plug, when the razor is not in use, and passed over the plate and blade, incasing them and engaging the plug 3 at the opposite end.

Having thus fully described my invention what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:—

1. A safety razor comprising a guard plate, a clamping plate pivoted thereto for edgewise movement only, a blade lying between said plates, and means for holding the free ends of the plates together.

2. A safety razor comprising a guard plate, a clamping plate pivoted thereto for edgewise movement only, a blade lying between said plates, said guard plate having an indentation and the clamping plate having a lug which is adapted to snap into engagement with said indentation.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

Frederick H. Arnold.


Ed. A. Kelly,

Geo. M. Miller.