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Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
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Texas Business reports: A Texan has devised a way to keep your razor dry.
Dana Charles Cook of Rosharon, Texas, recently received U.S. Patent 8,261,450 for “Razor and Auxiliary Handle.”
Cook applied for the patent on November 15, 2011.
Cook’s invention relates generally to safety razor accessory products and, more particularly, to an auxiliary razor handle and stand apparatus for holding a safety razor in an upright configuration so as to drain water more effectively.
Safety razors are commonly used by men to shave their faces daily and by women to shave their legs regularly. Although these razors generally work effectively, the respective razor blades never seem to last very long and, as a result, must be changed frequently. One reason why steel razor blades degrade in sharpness and overall integrity is because of water that remains on the blades after use. In fact, a razor blade may still have water droplets on it when it is used the next day. The longer water remains on the blade is indicative of an increased amount or speed of blade degradation.
Although assumably effective for their intended use, existing devices do not provide one or more means for decreasing the amount of residual water on a razor blade after use in shaving or for increasing the speed with which a razor blade dries. The existing products and proposals also do not provide a device that is both an auxiliary handle for using a safety razor and also an upstanding stand for holding a safety razor in a vertical orientation for enhanced water removal. In addition, the existing products do not aid a user in keeping track of how many times the razor has been used.
As a result, Cook saw a need to have an auxiliary razor handle and stand apparatus into which a razor handle is received and which stores the safety razor in a vertical orientation when not in use. Further, Cook believed it would be desirable to have an auxiliary razor handle and stand apparatus that selectively secures the handle so that the apparatus may be used as an auxiliary handle during use. In addition, it would be desirable to have an auxiliary razor handle and stand apparatus that includes a vibration device to enhance removing water from the razor and includes a counter circuit and digital display device to show a user how many times the razor has been used.
Cook’s invention is an auxiliary handle and stand apparatus for holding a safety razor in an upright configuration when not in use, which includes a lower housing having a continuous side wall defining a lower housing interior area and an upper housing having a continuous side wall defining an upper housing interior area. A plurality of gripping members extend upwardly from the lower housing into the upper housing interior area, each gripping member being resilient having a normally outwardly biased configuration. Each gripping member includes a distal end adjacent the upper housing open top. A clamping member is situated in the open top of the upper housing defining a bore configured to receive the handle of the razor into the upper housing interior area. The clamping member is rotatably movable between a clamped configuration in which the plurality of gripping members are urged inwardly about the razor handle when received in the upper housing interior area and a released configuration in which the plurality of gripping members are released to the normally outwardly biased configuration away from the razor handle. The gripping members secure the razor handle when the clamping member is at the clamping configuration.
The apparatus may also include a vibration device positioned to cause water droplets to be dislodged from the razor handle when energized, thus prolonging usefulness of the razor blade. The apparatus may also include a counter circuit and display to keep track of how many times the safety razor has been used. Still further, the apparatus 10 may include a fluid reservoir that emits shaving cream when actuated.
Therefore, a general object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus for holding a safety razor in an upright configuration when not in use.
Another object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus, as aforesaid, having a clamping device for selectively clamping or releasing the handle of a safety razor within an interior area of a housing.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus, as aforesaid, having a vibration device situated proximate to a razor handle and configured to cause water droplets to be dislodged quickly and thoroughly from a razor blade after use.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus, as aforesaid, having a digital counter circuit and display configured to increment a count representing the number of times the razor has been used and to display that count to a user.
A further object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus, as aforesaid, that includes a fluid reservoir configured to deliver a fluid through an outlet port when actuated.
A still further object of this invention is to provide a razor and stand apparatus, as aforesaid, that is easy to use and cost-effective to manufacture.
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