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Aug. 20, ‘19465
J, MUROS 7
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2,406,242
PROTECTED BLADE AND‘ PACKAGE
I Fiied April 6,-‘1944
INVEN TOR.
BY
Patented Aug. 20, 1946
2,406,242
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE-1f if
Gillette Safety Razor Company, Boston, Mass,
arc'orporation of Delaware
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Application April 6, 1944,: Serial No. 529,752
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This invention relates to. the protecting ‘and
packaging of'th'in-edged blades, such as safety
razor blades, between the stages of manufacture
and use.
I tionv consists in a razor blade-protected by anen
velope or Wrapper having extended portions'o'r
wings which project outwardly from the blade
beyond or between any'part of the razor that
might otherwise obstruct free removal of the
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In handling safety razor blades under ‘commer
'cial conditions of transportation and distribution
wrapper. Going more‘ into detail, the ‘present
invention contemplates providing the blade en'
velope with wings which extend forwardly be
and in the more or less casual treatment of such
blades by the user, the extremely ?ne keen edge of
they blade is likely to become dulled by being
yond the end of the cap and guard members'iof
brought into ‘contact with its wrapping or with 10 the razor, these wings ‘serving as guides tofdire'ct
other'objects before it can ‘be'actually clamped
the body of the Wrapper'and prevent it_from
in shaving position in the razor: On this account
catching when it is pulled endwise out from be;
the best and most skillful efforts of the manu
facturer in sharpening blades are often brought
tween the cap and guard members.
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The‘invention includes withinits scope it new
and improved package of protected blades of the
to naught because of the ‘damage done to thevery 15
fragile and delicate structure of-the blade edge
character ‘above described. -It is desirable to se
‘after it has been brought to the keenest possible
cure the protected blades in stack formation with
shaving condition and before the shaving opera
in the package in which they are dispensed'and
to hold the individual blades in position against
An important ?eld of use for my invention is 20 shifting While the package is being transported
in connection with open-end blades, that is to say,
or handled after it leaves the place of manufac
blades having a longitudinal medial slot opening
ture. This is important because otherwise the
through one unsharpenedend of the blade.v Such
keen, sharp edge of the razor may work itself into
blades are adapted'for use in safety razors where
contact with the folds of the ‘wrapper and-thus
tion isactually undertaken.
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in the cap and guard members are‘ connected ‘for
‘ lose its original ke'ennes's.
only limited separation lto'receive a blade pre
‘With these conditions in view ‘an import-ant
sented edgewise between them, as well as in safety
feature of the invention consists in a blade pack;
razors in which the cap and guard membergrnay
age including in its organization a supporting
be entirely detached from each other.
frame of sheet material having cooperating ears
The present invention is applicable to open-end 30 or lugs constructed and arranged tolengage the
blades and permits the user to insert the protected
shouldered protected blades of‘ a stack in such'a
blade in shaving position between the slightly sep~
manner as to prevent their longitudinal or'trans
arated cap and guard members and then to strip
verse shifting and at the same time providing
the protective cover from the blade by pulling
within the package adequate space for projecting
wings on the Wrapper or envelope.
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it endwise while the blade remains in its shaving
position.
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The present invention deals with blades of a
type which it is desired to ‘protect at the time
and place of manufacture by enclosing them in a
wrapper or envelope. The wrapperoverlaps and
safeguards the sharp edge or edges of the razor
blade and must be removed eventually to make
the blade edge accessible "for ‘shaving; It has
sometimes happened that in stripping the wrap
per or envelope from a blade already positioned
in a razor the envelope has become entangled
with the razor and has been torn, leaving a por
tion of it in the razor instead of being withdrawn
intact. Such an occurrence is an annoyance to
thev user because the torn portion'of the wrapper 50
must be extracted from the razor before it can
Theseand other features of the invention will
be best understood and appreciated fromthe fol
lowing description of a preferred embodiment
thereof, selected for purposes of illustration: and
shown in the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a View in perspective'on an’enlarged
scale of a partially opened blade package;
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' Fig. 2 is a view'in perspective of a safety‘ razor
head, part of the cap being broken away to show
portions of a protected blade;
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Fig. 3 is a plan view of the razorhead and blade
as seen from beneath; and‘ g
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Fig. 4 is a View in cross-section on the line 4-4
of Fig. 1.
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The invention is shown in its application to a
‘double-edged open-end blade of‘ the “Gillette”
be‘v satisfactorily organized for shaving and this
type, although it will be understood that it is
not only delays the user but it introduces a risk
of cutting'his?ngers. With these conditions in
not limited in its application to this or to any
other speci?c type ofblade. ‘As shown in‘ Fig. 1,
view an important feature of the present inven- _
however, the blade [0, 'which'is formed. of sheet
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guard member is provided with parallel ful
steel between .003 and .007 inch in thickness, has
a central longitudinal slot H and reentrant ‘re-I
cesses ineach of its corners, which de?ne elon
crum shoulders over which the blade is ?exed
by the cap 21 and the two blade clamping mem
bers are drawn together by threaded connection
gated unsharpened portions l2 at both ends of
of the ‘cap 21 with the handle 25. The cap is
the blade. Each individual blade is protected by
shown as provided with reinforcing corner lugs
a wrapper l3 comprising upper and lower elon
and a pair of aligned blade-locating ribs 28 which
gate leaves extending slightly beyond the cutting
pass through clearance notches in the bottom of
edges of the blade and including tongues l4 and
the guard member 26 as shown in Fig. 3.
ii at opposite ends which overlie the elongated
In practice, a protected blade may be inserted
end portions of the blade. The two leaves of the 10
wrapper are connected and folded over the shoul-~
endwise between the cap 21 and the guard 26,
ders of the blade at its open end on both sides
of the elongated end portion of the blade and at
both'sides of the tongue l5. The wrapper has
while these two members are disengaged. and
‘separated sufficiently to afford a, blade passage"
‘ as shown in US. Letters PatentWNo. 2,342,160,
also ears I6 at one end which are folded trans~
versely over the tongue 14 and the enclosed end '
portion of the blade. The upper and lower leaves
.grantedFeb. 22,' l944,'to the applicant herein
jointly with Nicholas Testi. The protected blade
may be moved fully into shaving position inthe
razor since its open-end longitudinal slot ll per
mits it freely to pass the blade-locating ribs 28,
of the wrapper I 3 are cut away internally fully
to expose the slot ll of the protected blade. ‘
In Fig. 1 four blades. [0 are shown in super 20 or the blade may be placed directly on the cap
and the parts then assembled. The protected .
posed stacked relation with the open end of each
blade is then held in shaving position by exerting
blade'directed rearwardly or toward the left. At
yielding pressure upon the cap and guard mem
the‘ opposite or closed end of the blades both
bers and the protective cover is removed by
leaves'ofeach wrapper are provided with for
wardly extending wing portions l1. These wings 2.5 grasping the projecting end which encloses the
tongue I4 and pulling the wrapper outwardly
while the blade itself is held against displacement.
by the ribs 28 and the stem of the cap. It will be
noted that the wings I‘! extend outwardly from
are flush at their outer edges with the outer
edges of-the'leaves of the blade wrapper l3 and
are curved inwardly ‘and rearwardly at their
forward ends forming a deep valleir or notch in
the contour of the blade wrapper.
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30 beneath the corners of the‘razor head with the
result that the protective cover may be stripped
completely vand cleanly from the blade and re
moved from the razor head without damage and
without leaving any fragments thereof in ‘places
rearwardly extending tongues l5 of the blade -35 where they will obstruct the shaving operation.
Having completely stripped and removed the‘pro
wrappers. The package includes in its structure
tective cover the blade-clamping operation may
a thin metal plate or sheet 2| which is crimped
be completed upon. the bare blade and the razor
at its longitudinal edges over the side edges of
thus made ready for the shaving operation.
the lower package cover l9, extending across
bled between the pasteboard or ?bre covers l8
and I9 of a blade package, all being held to
gether by a staple 20 which passes through the
‘ the same from side to side beneath the blade 40
stack. At both sides of its rear end the plate 2|
is transversely slitted and its material folded up
wardly to form a pair of upstanding folded ears
22 spaced apart to engage the shoulders of the
elongated end portion of the blade III at its open
end. 'At its forward end the plate 2| is also
slitted and its material bent up to provide a,
pair of upstanding cars 23 and also a pairof
folded ears 24. Both these pairs are spaced
apart to engage and position the covered forward
solid ends l2 of the blades and the upright ears
23 ?t snugly into the valleys at the base of the
wings H. The upright ears 23 and the folded
ears 22 embrace between them the bodies of the
stacked blades and therefore hold them posi- . '
tively against longitudinal displacement.
The
double ear arrangement at the forward end‘ of
the plate 2| is desirable on account of the spe-v
ci?c shape of‘ the forward end of the blade wrap
per l3 due to its extension wings l1. The upright
Having thus described'my invention, I claim
as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent: j
1. A safety razor blade centrally slotted and
having shoulders‘ de?ning vunsharpenedv end por
tions in the blade. in combination with a pro;
tecting wrapper having elongate leaves folded
transversely upon said shoulders at one. end of
the blade and slotted to expose the slot of the
blade, the leaves of the wrapper being wrapped
about the other end portion thus holding the
'blade against transverse displacement in' its
wrapper, and wings on the Wrapper extending
forwardly beyond the shoulders at either side
of the wrapped end portion of the bladeand
thereby serving as guides to direct the body of
the wrapper and prevent it from catching when
pulled endwise out of a razor.
v2. In a blade package having a ?at sheet with
spaced upstanding blade-locating ears and adja
cent folded ears therein; a protected blade dis
posed between the ears of the package and
ears 23 fit into the slots de?ning these wings
having a ?exible wrapper covering the body
where the folded ears would not pass.
of the blade between said ears and wings pro
jecting outwardly at one end of the vwrapper be
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Normally the blade package is closed by a
folded end portion which is represented in Fig.
yond said upstanding ears.
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1 as having been torn ofl’ to make the blades ac
cessible. The cover I8 is shown as partly lifted
and the individual blades may be removed one
3. A package of protected blades including co
operating covers having upstanding ears pre-j
senting thin edges and adjacent folded ears‘
by one from the package by swinging them, up
above the ears 22-43-24, and then tearing them
located within the outline‘ of the covers, and a _
away from the staple 20.
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' The manner of usinga protected blade in con
nection with a safety razor having connected cap
and guard members is shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
The razor therein shown comprises a handle 25,
a guard member 26 and acap member 21. The 75
stack of blades each having a wrapper with
wings extending from one end thereof and spaced
from the blade by notches in the wrapper in
which the upstanding ears _ of the package cover
are received.
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., JOSEPH MUROS.“
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