Posts Tagged ‘invention’

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

While the iPhone is getting the cut and paste functionality, other mobile phone manufacturers are trying a litteral implementation of a cutting tool. Indeed, the Cool758 mobile phone is a very interesting invention as it let its owner make phone calls (which, so far is a normal function on a mobile), but it also allow him to use its shaver on the base of the phone to shave! It’s far from the Motorola RAZR, as this phone really integrates a shaver, making it the first “razor phone” or “shaving phone“.

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

Cool758: The razor phone that really shaves

If shaving isn’t your thing, there’s always its dual-sim capability, a touchscreen, an FM radio, and a 2 megapixel camera to fall back on. The Cool758 is available on the site Solomobi.com is currently selling around £70.

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Safety Razor with an oscillating blade

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The oscillating razor is commun these days, but did you know it was invented 66 years ago? In 1933, an inventor created the first safety razor using an oscillating blade connected  to a pair of friction rollers which revolves and causes the whole blade to move sideward with a reciprocating motion, as indicated by arrows in the photograph (click on it to see it full size). The article says that the miniature mowing machine is declared to give an unusually close shave with a minimum of chafing and discomfort. Personnaly, I think that having a razor blade moving side to side against my skin sounds a litlle lethal.

oscillating_saftey_razor

oscillating_saftey_razor

[Especially designed for those with tender skins and tough beards, a new safety razor employs an oscillating blade to cut the hairs.]

Using the same principal, Gillette created a battery-powered rather than friction-powered razor, the Gillette Fusion Power Battery Powered Shaving System.

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Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

Invention of the first 5 blades safety razor

If you were thinking that Gillette would be the first to invent a five bladed razor, then let me tell you: They are 76 years too late, it was created in 1933! Indeed, the 5 blades are used in a new type of safety razor designed by a French inventor. It was advertised that a stroke of the razor across the face would remove every trace of hair in its path, based on the hysteresis effect. Also, speeding up the shaving, this razor did not need to be be taken apart after shaving, a simple rinsed under the faucet and screwed, head down in its dedicated case. The blades require no sharpening, according to the manufacturer, and will give good service indefinitely.

Gillette started manufacturing in 2006 the Gillette Fusion, which uses five blades and a lubricating strip on both the front and back.

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Gadget: The Goatee Saver for a perfect goatee

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The Goatee Saver

The Goatee Saver

This week, I like to share with you some funny inventions and gadgets. Today, we have the Goatee Saver, the ultimate device to ensure sculpting a perfect goatee when shaving. The idea of using such a thing is very straight forward! Simply shave around the GoateeSaver and then a part of your month wouldn’t be shaved. A left over hair is your goatee. Very nice! I even managed to find a video on Youtube which presents how the Goatee Saver works. Important: The lady from the video is not provided with this gadget:

Invention: The Rolling Razor in video

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Another great invention for people who love to get a close shave: The Rolling Razor. The Rolling Razor is just under 2.5 inches long and fits comfortably on your index finger, while traditional stick razors are approximately 6 inches long. Beyond Rolling Razor’s unique, proprietary and patented design & technology, it is simply a more natural way to shave. The short distance between the handle and the blades provides you with greater control and accuracy. The curved cartridges don’t scrape against your skin like flat cartridges do; they roll easily and comfortably with your contours for an effective and comfortable shaving experience, eliminating unnecessary irritation. Plus, it’s a really cool looking razor!

The Rolling Razor

The Rolling Razor

The dual heads are an optional feature, which allow for 360 degrees of pure rotational motion. The truest multidirectional shaving experience with the grain and against, the Rolling Razor is the easiest, fastest and most efficient shave, whether you use one Cartridge or two.

This is a presentation video of the Rolling Razor which also demonstrates how to use it:

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Funny: Tightest Sideburn Shave With Slim Trim Razor

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

In the world of shaivng, I always get amazed by incredible inventions, like this sideburn razor. Please send me your comments !!!

Slim Trim Razor: Sideburn Shave

Slim Trim Razor: Sideburn Shave

Razors through history

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Razors have been a part of human invention since the dawn of time and while the basic social implications associated with human hair removal have changed very little, the tools used in the grooming technique have advanced greatly.

Prehistoric razor

Prehistoric razor

Since prehistoric times, men and women have been removing hair from their bodies. The history of razors and shaving dates all the way back to 30,000 B.C. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.
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Birth of the safety razor

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Before the invention of the first safety razor, or the razor as we know it nowadays, men were using straight razor, and, as you might imagine, did not have any security system to protect their users. As straight razor requires very accurate skills, many accidents occurred, from minor cuts to sever ones (as you could remember from some old comedy when a barber accidentally cut its customer ear).

In the late 18th century, a Frenchman, Jean-Jacques Perret , invented the first safety razor. He was inspired by the joiner’s plane, which are used to flatten, reduce the thickness of, and impart a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber.

Jean-Jacques Perret's safety razor

Jean-Jacques Perret

As he had a passion for this field, he also wrote a book called Pogonotomy or the Art of Learning to Shave Oneself.

The pogonotome or joiner’s plane razor

The pogonotome or joiner’s plane razor

In the late 1820s, a similar system was created in Sheffield, England. Later, in the 19th century, single-edge blade mounted on a hoe-shaped handle became fashionable and was available in Britain and Germany.

The first American safety razor was patented in 1880 by the Kampfe Brothers, the razor was being described as “a small blade held in a suitable frame and provided with a guard to prevent the edge of the razor from cutting into the skin”. This new razor featured a wire-skin guard on top of the razors-edge.

In 1901, An American inventor named King Camp Gillette and his partner William Nickerson designed a safety razor with disposable blades (as previous system required to sharpen regularly the blade).

Gillette's patent of his safety razor

Gillette's patent of his safety razor

Gillette realised that by selling an inexpensive razor and disposable blade, he could create a new market and generate large profits. In 1902, the manufacturing of this new generation of razors began. It was in 1904 that the sales skyrocketed with total sales for the new safety razor reaching 90000 razors and 123000 blades. The design behind Gillette’s safety razor was based on a thin blade covered by the razor housing, therefore protecting the skin against deep cuts. From this time, people stopped going to barber shops (or ask family members), and started shaving themselves from their own bathrooms.


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