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MEM Diagonal

efsk

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Mr M.E. Mayer had an export-company on the Lokowitzplatz in Vienna. For some reason he branched out into shaving. He patented a parallelogram-shaped head/blade and was granted that patent 10-12-1923. This is European notation, so probably means 10 December 1923.
The same head was also used on RAS-razors, and recently I found out there's also an Elysium-razor with this head. Elysium was a different Vienna producer, so that was probably licensed. The RAS claims an original patent. What that means with regards to this MEM razor/patent I don't know.
Mayer at one point also started producing DE's, after which the company was bought by Gillette, which marked the end of the MEM Diagonals.
The head is parallelogram-shaped, has a closed comb with eight holes, and the centerscrew stands at an angle: this positions the head tilted on the handle, thus causing a diagonal cut. Variations in handles exist.
The first I show you is a model with a twisted metal handle, rather long. Reminiscent of handles used by some lathercatchers. The exact same model also exists branded RAS.

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efsk

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Apart from the metal handles (more metal models exist, but I haven't found these yet) these razors came with rather nice white bakelite (I think), rather heavy handles. These gave a rather luxurious feel. I have so far found three different types, in two different boxes. Differences will be shown later.
First an unboxed razor, my first MEM.
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efsk

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I then found a MEM that was cased and had a blade, so figured I'd upgrade my razor. When it arrived, the handle was different, so I did upgrade, but not the way I expected :)
This came with a used and an unused blade.
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efsk

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Comparison. First, the five heads. These are identical, except one topcap does not fit tight. I don't think that's on purpose.
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The handles. Top to bottom same order as posted above. The longest one has different knurling from the other two. The short ones, the shortest one has a rounded end, the other a flat.
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Cases. Both are "matchbox"type.
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gvw755

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Is this such a great shaver that they felt it was important to come up with all the different versions, and spawn a clone? :confused

I still cannot figure out why they would make a double edge blade for a single edge head. :confused:
 

efsk

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Good question. Maybe they just changed over time.
Doublesided blades for single edge razors were used more often. There's a Golf, my Eversharp is another, and in a way the Kabrand as well: in its tilted position, you can use only one side. In this case, it is probably to prolong the life of the blade, or because they figured: we have that real estate, do something useful with it.
 
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