Eureka Razor Blade Sharpener

Eureka razor sharpener

The Eureka razor sharpener is the answer to the extremely expensive multi-blade razors from the market leader Gillette and Wilkinson. The razor blades are changed because they no longer shave properly. The razor blades, the successors of razors, are like all “cutting instruments” – they have to be sharpened.
With a knife, the blades are removed with a sharpening steel. Razors are removed with a leather strap before each use for maximum sharpness. What do you do with razor blades – nothing! The Eureka Rasierkingen Sharpener is made of massive Red Alder. The surface of the leather is tuned with a special method for razor blades. The leather is vegetable-tanned in Germany. Before (any) use, simply push the shaver over the leather several times, OPPOSITE to the shaving direction. As a result, remains of skin, hair and shaving cream residues are removed. The razor blades get sharp again and hold up to 100 shaves. This saves a lot of money and relieves the environment.
The Eureka razor blade sharpener is suitable for almost all standard razor blades. A word about the razor blades of the market leaders Gillette and Wilkinson. These blades are designed for use, depending on beard growth, from 4 to 8 times. The steel of the blades is relatively hard. Now it has been found in an attempt that the optimal blade for re-sharpening should not be so hard, because more difficult to regrind.

Summarized:

Extends the life of a modern (expensive) razor blade by 5 to 6 times.
You save, at prices of about € 14,- to € 20,- for 8 pieces, huge.
Eureka, wood and leather, made in Germany.
10-year guarantee for the product!

Why are razor blades changed frequently? Because they are not sharpened!
With a knife, it is normal to sharpen it with a sharpening steel!

With the razor blade precursor, it is normal for the razor to be handled on a stropper before each shave.

Knives, including razor blades, are subject to wear.
A razor blade is most similar to a razor and that’s what we’ve been following in the
development of the Eureka Razor Blade sharpener.

The development of the razor blade

Until the beginning of the 19th century there was only one possibility of shaving; with a razor, which is relatively difficult if you do it yourself. It became increasingly uncommon in Germany to resort to razors. Instead, they went to the barber, a trade that took a strong upswing in Germany in the 1890s. According to Gnegel stood in 1895 43,500 workers in the barber industry only 16,900 in the hair stylist industry against. The razor was not only used in full face shaving, because even mustache wearers could shave parts of the face with a knife.

All this changed with the patent for a safety razor blade from King Camp Gillette. For this he founded the Safety Razor Company in 1901. In 1902, the company was renamed Gillette Safety Razor Company.
Gillette is considered the grand master of the Lockin effect. The Americans were the first to use it. Why the trick of Harvard Business School graduates, too

“Razor and Blade” is called. With much marketing and more patents, Gillette
keep the prices of his razor blades high despite cheap competition.

From King Camp Gillette comes the statement “Give them the razor – sell them the blades”.

And so they do it today: The razor extremely cheap – the blade in the purchase expensive.
The manufacturers of inkjet printers are copying this system with cheap printers and expensive ink cartridges.

In mid-1903, Gillette sold a razor with a blade for $ 5.- and for buying 20 razor blades for $ 1.-
That was relatively expensive and the first experiments were made to sharpen the razor blades to save money.

Razor blades became really popular with the world economic crisis in the 1920s. It was the time when tinkerers and entrepreneurs devised cheap razor blades by re-sharpening, since the money was extremely scarce and therefore new blades for many unaffordable. The razor sharpeners were produced in many countries.

Our collection comes from Czechoslovakia, France, Sweden, Germany and the USA.

Twinplex St. Louis USA about 1910

Rollfix Germany about 1920

TIC-TAC Frankreich about 1920

Sieger Klingen Schärfer Bakelite Zella-Mehlis since 1950

Kriss Cross Stropper 1920 St. Louis - USA

Click on the pics from Razor Sharpener shows details
For the complete collection click here
More than a thousand vintage shaving articles at www.stropper.com
In the year 1971 Gillette started to sell the first razor with 2 blades; the Trac II.
Several models with 2 blades followed. In the year 1998, then the first Razor with
3 blades; the Mach III. All these blades cannot be used with the existing Razor Sharpeners.
The production of Razor Sharpener poduction stopped. At the same time, the safety blades for razor planers have become cheaper and cheaper.
Today there are good blades (e. g. from ASTRA) where 100 pieces cost about € 10, – (Amazon. de)
Sharpening is no longer worthwhile.

Conversely, this is extremely expensive with today’s multi-blade razors.

Here sharpening is really worthwhile and saves a lot of money.

That was the approach in 2014 to create a Razor Blade Sharpener for the Multi-Blade Razors
because the market does not offer anything functional.
The “Blade Master” has been sold at Amazon since 2005.
This sharpener uses the “energy of magnets” to sharpen the blade.
I guess that’s for esotericism. Our verdict: Doesn’t work!
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Amazon also offers the Sharpener RazorPit manufactured in Vietnam.
The sharpener has two disadvantages. Sharpening the razor requires shaving foam
otherwise it will not work. Sharpening is done on a silicone mat,
inside a plastic casing. The foam tends to get into the crevices
between mat and housing and makes cleaning difficult after each use.

The second disadvantage is the construction of the sharpener.
The silicone mat has a width of 54 mm.
The width of the blades between the bars is approx. 34 mm.
The blade cannot be completely treated because the bars prevent this.
Other razor blades sharpeners do not play a role in sales.

Our Eureka razor blade sharpener works “dry” (no cleaning required) and uses vegetable
tanned leather, as it has been proven over 100 years with razors.

On a solid block made of Red Alder, we have glued best Russia Leather, which is vegetable tanned.
The width of the leather is 33 mm – so that the razor blades rests fully, but not the straps of the razor blade!
The Eureka Razor Sharpener works on all commercially available multi-blade systems from
Gillette and Wilkinson and even with blades from discounter.
Before shaving push the razor over the leather a few times with slight pressure against the cutting direction.

This eliminates the build-up of hair, skin and soap residue from the cut surface of the razor blade,
and the blade can withstand up to 80 shaves, saving a tremendous amount of money.

Eureka razor blades sharpener – a purchase worthwhile!
– Made in Germany – The wood as well as the leather.

Usefull links (German only)
– The history of the razor blades – http://www.barbier-museum.de/deu/index.html
– Wikepedia Razor – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasiermesser
– Wikepedia Strop – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintings
– Wikepedia Shave – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasur
– Forum Nassrasuer –
– Rasurlexikon – http://www.warenhaus-schulz.de/Rasur-Lexikon/rasur-lexikon.html

Usefull links (German only)
– Die Historie der Rasierklingen – http://www.barbier-museum.de/deu/index.html
– Wikepedia Rasiermesser – http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasiermesser
– Wikepedia Streichriemen – http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streichriemen
– Wikepedia Rasur – http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasur
– Forum Nassrasuer – http://www.warenhaus-schulz.de/Rasur-Lexikon/rasur-lexikon.html