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Kampfe Safety Razor



FiledWednesday, 24th March 1886

PublishedTuesday, 4th May 1886

InventorRichard Kampfe

OwnersFrederick, Otto and Richard Kampfe


CPC Classification:   
  • B26B21/446
    Shaving aid stored in the razor handle
  • B
    Performing Operations; Transporting
  • B26
    Hand Cutting Tools; Cutting; Severing
  • B26B
    Hand-Held Cutting Tools Not Otherwise Provided For
  • B26B21/00
    Razors of the open or knife type; Safety razors or other shaving implements of the planing type; Hair-trimming devices involving a razor-blade; Equipment therefor
  • B26B21/40
    Details or accessories
  • B26B21/44
    Means integral with, or attached to, the razor for storing shaving-cream, styptic, or the like

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Remark: A nice and unusual detail of this patent is that it shows the shape of the blank the razor is made from.
United States Patent Office.

Richard Kampfe, of Brooklyn, New York, assignor to himself, Frederick Kampfe, and Otto Kampfe, of same place. Safety-Razor
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 341,420, dated May 4, 1886. Application filed March 24, 1886. Serial No. 196,312. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Richard Kampfe, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Safety-Razors, of which the following is a specification.

The object of my invention is to provide an improved safety-razor.

My invention embraces certain new and useful features in the frame, pertaining to the means by which the lather and cuttings are caught and retained.

My invention is fully illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in the several figures of which like letters indicate like parts.

Figure 1 is a side view showing my improved frame carrying the blade, and having the handle attached. Fig. 2 is a rear view of the same, showing the spring by which the blade is held forward in position. Fig. 3 is a top view showing the blade, partly in section, and the openings underneath by which the lather is permitted to escape into the hollow frame below. Fig. 4 shows the blank out of which the frame is formed. Fig. 5 shows the manner in which the handle proper and stropping-handle maybe placed within the folds of the frame, and the whole placed within a box of small compass.

A designates the blank in its entirety. The blank is bent at the points respectively indicated by the dotted lines x x and y y, to form the portions B, C, and D. The part B serves to catch and retain the lather and cuttings of the beard, &c., and is provided with the opening b, which is threaded to engage the screw g, with which the handle G is provided. The part D carries the clamps E, and serves to form a blade-holder. It incloses the opening d. The projection f is pierced with the opening f′, and carries the spring F, which is secured by a loose rivet playing within said opening. The part C is provided with the series of teeth c, which project into the opening d, It also incloses the openings C′ C′.

Z is the blade.

J is an end view of a stropping-handle used for holding the blade while the same is being stropped.

K is a box to receive the frame and handles.

My invention is put together as follows: The blank A is, by the aid of suitable tools, bent across the line indicated by the letters x x in Fig. 4, so as to form the hollow portion shown in Fig. 1; and the blank is again bent across the line indicated by the letters y y in Fig. 4, to form the blade-holder shown in Fig. 1, and the ears E are bent over onto the face of this portion, so as to form a groove to receive the blade. The portion H is bent up on the line z z and the spring F attached, as shown in Fig. 1. The teeth c approach the blade from in front and pass slightly beyond and underneath the cutting-edge, being bent up in the operation of bending the blank across the line y y, or separately, according to convenience.

It will be seen that the portion D, which serves as a blade-holder, is all open under the blade, and the portion C, which serves to connect the blade-holder and the portion B, which receives and retains the lather, is also provided with large openings, to afford unobstructed access of the lather to the portion B. The elevated portion B′ serves to prevent the lather from running over and dripping off or getting onto the outside of the frame.

The advantage of my improved frame is, that it affords perfect facility for the lather to escape from the edge of the cutting-blade, and does not permit it to become lodged under the cutting-blade, and at the same time affords a convenient receptacle to catch and retain the lather and prevent the same from dropping off or coming into contact with the hand.

Another advantage is, that the improved shape of my frame permits the handle and stropping-handle to be packed within the folds of the frame, so that the whole shall occupy but a small compass.

Having fully described my invention, what I claim is—

1. An improved frame for a safety-razor, consisting of a flat portion adapted to serve as a blade-holder, and another hollow portion adapted to receive and retain the lather and cuttings, the two connected by a straight portion provided with large openings, to permit the escape of the lather, &c., into said hollow portion.

2. The improved frame consisting of the portion B, haying the elevation B′ and threaded opening b, the portion C, having the openings C′ and teeth c, the portion D, having the opening C′ and ears E, the portion H, having the projection f and opening f′, and the spring F, all combined substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

Signed at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, this 9th day of May, A. D. 1885.

Richard Kampfe.


Martin John Fleming,

T. F. Loughlin.