Title:
HOLDER FOR A SAFETY RAZOR
United States Patent 3633089


Abstract:
Holder for a safety razor comprising a base portion housing battery-charging means and having a first recess for receiving a safety razor handle end, support means extending from the base portion, and bridge means extending from the end of the support means remote from the base portion, the end of the support means and the bridge portion being provided with second and third recesses to accommodate razor blade dispenser means and a neck portion of the safety razor, the third recess being removed from, but aligned with the first recess in the base portion.



Inventors:
Dorion Jr., Francis W. (Hingham, MA)
Poisson, Norman D. (Marblehead, MA)
Application Number:
05/027071
Publication Date:
01/04/1972
Filing Date:
04/09/1970
Assignee:
GILLETTE CO.:THE
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
30/34.05, 30/DIG.1, 206/228, 206/351, 248/311.2, 336/DIG.2
International Classes:
B26B19/28; H01F27/26; (IPC1-7): H02J7/00
Field of Search:
320/2 206
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US Patent References:
3536981STORAGE AND DISPLAY UNIT1970-10-27Locke et al.
3510747TWO PART SEPARABLE BATTERY CHARGER1970-05-05Petrides
3418552Separable transformer battery charger1968-12-24Holmes
3366268Display case1968-01-30Struck
3143697Toothbrush storage case and battery charger1964-08-04Springer
2948388Safety razor set case1960-08-09Metzler et al.
2935183Combined instrument and blade holder and container1960-05-03Barnes, Jr.
2926779Combined container and display stand1960-03-01Jepson
1981674Container for shaving accessories1934-11-20Solomon



Primary Examiner:
Miller J. D.
Assistant Examiner:
Gunther, John M.
Claims:
1. Holder for a safety razor comprising a base portion, battery-charging means disposed in said base portion, means for connecting said battery-charging means to a source of electrical power, a planar surface of said base portion having a first recess for receiving a safety razor handle end, a support portion integral with and extending from a first end of said base portion, an end of said support portion removed from said base portion having a second recess for receiving blade dispenser means, and a bridge portion extending from said end of said support portion generally parallel to said surface and aligned therewith and having a third recess for receiving a neck portion of said safety razor, said third

2. The invention according to claim 1 including a second support portion integral with and extending from a second end of said base portion, said second support portion being opposed to said first mentioned support portion, said bridge portion interconnecting said first and second support

3. The invention according to claim 1 including a top portion pivotally connected to said bridge portion and movable to a closed position whereby to cover said second and third recesses and thereby adapted to enclose

4. The invention according to claim 1 in which said support portion

5. The invention according to claim 4 in which said base portion is provided with an opening aligned with said support portion for extension

6. The invention according to claim 1 in which said battery-charging means comprises a primary coil and a core member, said core member including a post portion which extends into said first recess and is receivable by a hole in said razor handle end, other portions of said core member being

7. Holder for a safety razor comprising a base portion, battery-charging means disposed in said base portion, means attached to said battery-charging means for connecting said battery-charging means to a source of electrical power, a planar surface of said base portion having a first recess for receiving a safety razor handle end, said battery-charging means being disposed proximate to said recess with a portion of said battery-charging means extending into said recess for engagement with said razor handle end, a first support portion integral with and extending from a first end of said base portion, said first support portion being generally hollow and adapted to house said connecting means, an end of said support portion removed from said base portion having a second recess for receiving blade dispenser means, a second support portion integral with and extending from a second end of said base portion, said first recess being disposed between said first and second support portions, a bridge portion integral with and interconnecting said first and second support portions and being generally parallel to said planar surface, said bridge portion having an open end slot for receiving a neck portion of said safety razor, said slot being aligned with said first recess in said planar surface, and a top portion pivotally connected to said bridge portion and movable to a closed position whereby to cover said second recess and said slot.

Description:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to holders for safety razors and is directed more particularly to a holder having battery-charging means as well as means for securely retaining a safety razor and razor blade dispenser means.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Holders for safety razors are commonplace in the market and generally comprise plastic containers which enclose the razor or the razor head to protect the razor from damage and also to protect persons and property from harm which could be caused by an exposed razor blade edge.

More recently, there have been developed safety razors utilizing the known double-edge type of razor blade, and intended for wet shaving operations, but also including battery-powered electrical means for inducing a desired particular motion in the razor during shaving operations.

Accordingly, there has arisen a need for a safety razor holder which securely retains the razor in place, protects the head of the razor, retains razor-blade-dispensing means, and also operates to recharge the battery power source of a safety razor such as described in the above-mentioned patent application.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a holder for a safety razor, which holder securely retains a razor in place and protects a head portion of the razor.

A further object of the invention is to provide such a razor holder having facility for retaining blade-dispensing means.

A still further object of the invention is to provide such a razor holder having battery-recharging means therein.

With the above and other objects in view, as will hereinafter appear, a feature of the present invention is the provision of a holder for a safety razor comprising a base portion, battery-charging means disposed in the base portion, a surface of the base portion having a first recess for receiving a safety razor handle end, a support portion extending from the base portion, the support portion having a second recess therein for receiving blade dispenser means, and a bridge portion extending from the support portion generally parallel to and aligned with the surface above referred to. The bridge portion is provided with a third recess for receiving a neck portion of the safety razor, the third recess comprising an open-ended slot aligned with the first recess.

The above and other features of the invention, including various novel details of construction and combinations of parts, will now be more particularly described with reference to the accompanying drawings and pointed out in the claims. It will be understood that the particular holder embodying the invention is shown by way of illustration only and not as a limitation of the invention. The principles and features of this invention may be employed in various and numerous embodiments without departing from the scope of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Reference is made to the accompanying drawings in which there is shown an illustrative embodiment of the invention from which its novel features and advantages will be apparent.

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of one form of holder illustrative of an embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an elevational sectional view; and

FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic view of the electrical circuit of the holder.

Description of the Preferred Embodiments

Referring to FIG. 1, it will be seen that the illustrative holder includes a base portion 2 having battery-charging means 4 and having a first recess 6 for receiving one end of a safety razor R, shown in phantom. A side structure, or support means 8, extends from one end of the base portion and has extending from the end of the support means remote from the base portion, a bridge portion 10.

The upper end of the support means 8, as viewed in FIG. 1, is provided with a second recess 12 which receives a blade retaining and dispensing magazine B, shown in phantom. The bridge portion 10 is provided with a third recess in the form of an open-ended slot 14 which receives a neck portion N of the razor R, the bridge portion 10 acting as a support for a head portion H of the razor R. The slot 14 is aligned with the first recess 6 in the base portion 2, the slot 14 and recess 6 cooperating to retain the razor R in the holder.

A second support member 16 extends from the other end of the base portion 2 and joins the bridge portion 10. Thus, the support members 8, 16 serve to protect the razor R as well as support the bridge portion which in turn supports the razor. The bridge portion is provided with a top portion 18 pivotally attached to the bridge portion and movable to a closed position (FIG. 2) whereby to enclose the blade magazine B and the razor head H in a closed chamber 20. To lock the top portion closed, the bridge portion may be provided with a slot 22 (FIG. 1) for receiving a lug 24 disposed in the top portion 18.

The bottom of the holder is closed by a bottom plate 26 on which may be mounted the battery-charging means 4. The bottom plate is provided with an opening 28 to facilitate extension of an electrical lead 30 from the holder to an outside source of electrical energy (not shown). Before use, the electrical lead is stored within the support means 8.

Referring to FIG. 2, it will be seen that the battery-charging means 4 is disposed in line with the first recess 6 whereby to be proximate to an end of the razor R when the razor R is disposed in the recess 6. The charging means 4 is provided with a primary coil 32 (FIG. 3) and a core member 34 which includes a centrally disposed post 36 (FIG. 2) and a pair of upstanding fins 38, the post 36 extending from the battery-charging means 4 well into the recess 6 and the fins 38 being parallel thereto. The post portion 36 of the core member 34 is received in the razor R when the razor is disposed in the recess 6.

The holder is normally assembled for sale with the razor R disposed in the recesses 6, 14, the blade magazine B disposed in the recess 12, the electrical lead 30 disposed inside the support portion 8, and the upper end of the holder, as viewed in the drawings, closed by the top portion 18.

When it is desired to use the razor, the top portion is unlatched and pivotally moved to an open position. The lead 30 is removed to the extent necessary from the support portion 8, through the opening 28, and connected to a convenient source of electricity, as for example, a common household electrical outlet (not shown). Connection of the lead 8 to an electrical source energizes the primary coil 32 and core member 34, which in the illustrated example comprise a portion of an E-core transformer. Disposed in the razor R is a secondary coil C, shown in phantom in FIG. 3, which cooperates with the primary coil 32 and the core 34 to form a transformer for conducting electrical energy to a battery-charging circuit E located in the razor R.

The razor is lifted from the recess 6, thereby separating the components of the transformer and interrupting the battery-charging flow of electricity. When it is desired to change blades in the razor, the magazine B is merely lifted from the recess 12, the blade transfer from the magazine to the razor effected, and the magazine returned to the recess 12. After use of the razor, the razor is returned to the recesses 6, 14, a hole in the handle of the razor receiving the post portion 36 of the core member 34, whereby to reinstitute charging of the battery means of the razor. The top portion 18 is pivotally moved to the closed portion, thereby to enclose the razor head and blade magazine in the chamber 20.

If it is desired to move the holder, or for travelling and the like, the lead 30 need only be removed from the electrical source and repacked in the hollow support portion 8.

It is intended that the phrase "battery-charging means" as used herein indicate means facilitating battery charging, though not necessarily comprising all that is required to charge a battery. For example, the base portion referred to herein houses means facilitating battery charging and is referred to as "battery-charging means," although it is recognized that such means in the housing comprises only part of the total means required to charge a battery, the remaining part being disposed in the razor handle.

It is to be understood that the present invention is by no means limited to the particular construction herein disclosed and/or shown in the drawings, but also comprises any modifications or equivalents within the scope of the disclosure.