In Victorian Shaving, Part 1, I covered straight blade (non-safety) razors, the styles available, method of use, sharpening with a strop, the shaving soaps available on the market, and fees for a barber’s shave (vs. a man doing so himself).

1880:

Safety Razor. Reading Times of Reading, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 1880

Safety Razor: an early mention (1880) published in Reading Times of Reading, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 1880.

SAFETY RAZORS

The first attested use of the term “safety razor” is in a patent application for “new and useful improvements in Safety-Razors”, filed in May 1880 by Fredrik and Otto Kampfe of Brooklyn, New York, and issued the following month. This differed from the Henson design in distancing the blade from the handle by interposing, “a hollow metallic blade-holder having a preferably removable handle and a flat plate in front, to which the blade is attached by clips and a pivoted catch, said plate having bars or teeth at its lower edge, and the lower plate having an opening, for the purpose set forth”, which is, to “insure a smooth bearing for the plate upon the skin, while the teeth or bars will yield sufficiently to allow the razor to sever the hair without danger of cutting the skin.” The Kampfe Brothers produced razors under their own name following the 1880 patent and improved the design in a series of subsequent patents. These models were manufactured under the “Star Safety Razor” brand. [source]

THE STAR SAFETY RAZOR

Star Safety Razor. No Danger of Cutting Yourself While Shaving. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware on December 23, 1885

Star Safety Razor. No Danger of Cutting Yourself While Shaving. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware on December 23, 1885

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 1, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, MIssouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 1, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 2, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, MIssouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 2, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 3, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, MIssouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 3, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 4, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, MIssouri, on September 11, 1886

A.J. Jordan. Testimonials, Part 4, for Star Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 11, 1886

Star Safety Razor. Every Man His Own Barber. St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri on June 5, 1886

Star Safety Razor. Every Man His Own Barber. St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri on June 5, 1886

Star Safety Razor. $2 and saves delays in barber shops. The Topeka State Journal of Topeka, Kansas, on September 20, 1888

Star Safety Razor. $2 and saves delays in barber shops. The Topeka State Journal of Topeka, Kansas, on September 20, 1888

Star Safety Razor and Strop Machine for Safety Razor. 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog

Star Safety Razor and Strop Machine for Safety Razor. 1895 Montgomery Ward Spring and Summer Catalog

The Star Safety Razor Cases. 1895 Montogomery Ward Catalogue Spring and Summer

The Star Safety Razor Cases. 1895 Montgomery Ward Catalogue Spring and Summer

COMPETING BRANDS OF SAFETY RAZORS

Ideal Brand Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 15, 1886

Ideal Brand Safety Razor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 15, 1886

The Ideal claims to be the only safety razor on the market. St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri on October 6, 1886

The Ideal claims to be the only safety razor IN the market (Whose market? A.S. Aloe & Co.? or “the market”?), published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Missouri on October 6, 1886.

The Diamond Safety Razor in the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York, on October 8, 1886

The Diamond Safety Razor in the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York, on October 8, 1886

Razor. Mens Gilette Safety Razor advertisement. The San Francisco Call. 24 January 1906. page 7

Men’s Gillette Safety Razor advertisement. The San Francisco Call of San Francisco, California, on January 24, 1906, page 7.

 

WE CARRY MOST EVERY BRAND OF RAZORS ON THE MARKET…

including electric razors… (see the first line, upper right-hand corner)

Ad for SAFETY razor along with other brands and makes, including an electric razor. St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 19, 1885

Ad for SAFETY razor along with other brands and makes, including an electric razor. St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 19, 1885

VICTORIAN HUMOR…ABOUT SAFETY RAZORS

Safety Razor. Victorian Humor. Reno Gazette-Journal of Reno, Nevada, on April 26, 1881

Safety Razor. Victorian Humor. Reno Gazette-Journal of Reno, Nevada, on April 26, 1881

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