Those old Gillette blade dispensers could they damage a blade when installing a blade?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Ron R, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Do you ever wonder how good the blade dispensers were from keeping a blade from getting damaged? I have this old steel one glued to my Gillette designated only wooden razor rack.
    Gillette needed something to compete against the Schick injector system and they came up with this dispenser which was a genius idea to build around a none injector system they lacked.
    Did they have a built in protection to to avoid glancing the blade inside??
    I have never used a dispenser like this shown because they are rare to find, there does not seem to be very much wiggle room not to glance off the edges of the dispenser when blade being withdrawn.
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  2. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    i have seen threads where the cover is removed to reload them..
     
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  3. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I've picked up a couple but not tried the remaining blades. Gillette used that system of blade dispenser for many years. It's not much different from several still on the market. Schicks injector platform can also damage a blade when installing a fresh one. It doesn't bother me to unwrap a paper covered blade, and glue spots don't cause much concern in my DE razors.
     
  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    all my blades are wrapped in paper.. with glue dots..my fingers struggle a little unfolding them sometimes so i use a little knife to get under the folds.. dots on the razor don t bother me...i clean my razors frequently..
     
  5. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

  6. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    i have never used blades that came in the dispensers due to age.. i may try them if dispenser is a sealed one..
     
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  7. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I would imagine it is the same system as is currently in place now for the "personna" house blades in CVS, freds.... etc.
    If it actually did any damage, it is such a small amount that I would imagine you would have a hard time telling g the difference. Plus, the blade dispensers I would think would be made of a softer metal then the steel blade are. Shouldnt do much, if any damage.
     
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  8. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

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  9. Hembree

    Hembree Well-Known Member

    Ron, I like your simple but effective razor stand. I made something similar out of a piece of 2 inch by 2 inch cedar. I bored 9/16 holes and it works great. Of course mine only has one row but it will hold 9 razors. Is yours made from a 4x4. Thanks, Danny
     
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  10. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Yes it's a 4X4 and with 9/16" holes X 6 inches long( left over decking material), I now have 3 of them now, one for Gillette's, one for Gems and last one for my favorites I really enjoy. The one's that don't make the cut go into storage.:rofl:
     
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  11. Hembree

    Hembree Well-Known Member

    I have a few in storage but I do like looking at the "pretty" ones on the shelf in the bathroom. Great job on the holder.
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    Danny
     
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  12. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I was born before Gillette introduced the blade dispenser and put notches on their TTO razors, so when I started shaving, everyone used the dispensers even Schick DEs. I reload some of my dispensers. I have never ruined a blade with one though.
     
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  13. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    ASR and Gillette had competing systems, patented around the same time.ASR patented dispenser (1948) was spring loaded. Gillette also patented a spring loaded design but I don't see examples in production.

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  14. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Gem still makes spring loaded dispensers.

    And Ive reloaded vintage gillette dispensers. I've never noticed much, if any blade deterioration from dispensers. Paper wrapped blades seem to be the ones that deteriorate first.
     
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  15. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Here's the Gillette patent incorporating s leaf spring/feed slider mechanism. I haven't seen one.
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  16. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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  17. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Great historical material @jmudrick and how you find this is amazing. I would have to look for hours to find this material and throw my hands up(white flag alternative;)).
    It seems one company comes out with a good idea or product the other competitors are not far behind in the quest for the consumer approval.
    Have some great shaves!
     
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  18. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Very nice site you have @Jayaruh , I went to _bay to see if there is any dispensers like what you have(nothing) but my observation was for dispensers they are now selling more than the razors which seems a bit bizzar IMO.
    (update)Just found out in the States you can still buy the dispensers from Walmart & a few drug stores with new blades so the vintage dispenser lives on, Canada not so easy to find the new version!
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    Have some great shaves, hope your leg is feeling a little better from your fall.
     
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  19. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    The keen observer will note this one was the work of the same Joseph Muros who first conceived the Toggle. That's often how I stumble upon stuff as the same names csn show up often.
     
  20. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

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