Another shave instrument to add to my collection inherited from my grandfather. In my den, this is the first type of razor of its kind. I have yet to shave with this, but I wanted to first do some research and clean the razor both of which is described in this post.
History and Discovery
I have discovered this razor is most likely the Schick J2 which was created by Eversharp Inc. around 1958 to 1964. The bottom of the container does not contain a patent number, only says the patent is pending. In a post from another collector, the razor was made in Canada and supposedly is more aggressive than the gold plated heads.
For background, Schick was a lt. Colonel who around 1918 developed and sold injector razors that allowed a shaver never to have to touch a razor blade upon putting the blade into the razor. Later in 1935 this was replaced with an external magazine to simplify the loading of blades. For reference, below is a photo of the anatomy of a Shick injector razor. The razor unlike the J allows you to reposition the blade plate from the head making cleaning easier.
The Cleaning Process
Even though the later injector razors are supposedly self-cleaning when you add a new blade, I still wanted to figure out how to open the razor and clean the internals because the razor has been out of action for some time. I first used a small flathead screwdriver to push the old bade from the blade cavity. The next step was using a brass bristle brush with cleaning bubbles.
Unconventionally and not recommended, I placed the injector key into the razor and then twisted the key in the razor. With the base plate exposed, I was able to clean the internals of the razor. At this point, I wasn’t worried about the cartridge getting ruined because I was not going to use the old blades anyways. While I did this and started to clean the floating blade plate the plate separated itself from the fixed spring on the backside of the razor. Even though this made cleaning of each piece easy the real challenge was putting everything back together.
Fitting The Pieces Back Together
As with the safety razor I placed each part into a pool of Barbicide before putting the razor back together. I did not need to polish the two parts as the razor was already shiny.
At this point, I tried to pry the spring to place the blade plate under the spring but without any luck, I tried to jimmy one part of the plate under the spring and then with a mallet I lightly hammered the plate back together. During this process, I noticed there is a small hole in the blade plate which I presume is used to assemble the plate to the head without the need to force the two pieces together.
Overall, the process was fairly simplistic and took less time than cleaning and restoring a double-edged safety razor. After a quick inspection, everything looks good and the razor is ready for use.