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Title:
RAZOR SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/007131
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A cutting member (1) for a shaving cartridge that comprises a front side, a back side opposing the front side, and a flat cutting portion (2) with a cutting edge portion (4). Further the cutting member comprises a first bent portion (8), an intermediate portion (11), a second bent portion (9) and a base portion (10) that are made out of one single piece of material. The first bent portion being integral with the flat cutting portion. Said first bent portion is convex on the back side of the cutting member, and said second bent portion is concave on the back side of the cutting member. The proposed shape of the cutting member resembles an "S" shape or a question mark shape.

Inventors:
EFTHIMIADIS, Dimitrios (10 Papachristoforou Str, ATHENS, ATHENS, 11476, GR)
KOPELAS, Panagiotis (16 Dardanellion Str, DAFNI - ATHENS, DAFNI - ATHENS, 17234, GR)
Application Number:
EP2017/064845
Publication Date:
January 11, 2018
Filing Date:
June 16, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BIC-VIOLEX SA (Agiou Athanasiou, ANIXI, ATTIKI, 145 69, GR)
International Classes:
B26B21/56
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CABINET PLASSERAUD (66 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin, PARIS CEDEX 09, 75440, FR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A cutting member (1, 101) for a shaving cartridge (20) comprising:

a front side (F);

a back side (B) opposing the front side (F); a flat cutting portion (2) having a cutting edge portion (4);

a first bent portion (8), an intermediate portion (11), a second bent portion (9) and a base portion (10) made out of one single piece of material, wherein

said first bent portion (8) is between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11), said cutting edge portion (4) is being opposite to the first bent portion (8), and said first bent portion (8) being integral with said flat cutting portion (2);

said second bent portion (9) is between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion

(10) ; and

said first bent portion (8) is convex on the back side (B) of the cutting member, and said second bent portion (9) is concave on the back side (B) of the cutting member.

2. The cutting member (1) according to claim 1, further comprising a platform portion (6) having a front end (7) that is made out of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (11), said second bent portion (9) and said base portion (10), and wherein said platform portion (6) extends towards said first bent portion (8), and wherein the flat cutting portion (2) is mounted on the platform portion (6).

3. The cutting member (101) according to claim 1, wherein said flat cutting portion (2) is made of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion

(11) , said second bent portion (9) and said base portion (10), and wherein said flat cutting portion (2) extends towards the first bent portion (8).

4. The cutting member (1) according to claim 2, wherein the platform portion (6) is between 0.2 mm and 1.5 mm in length from said front end (7) to said first bent portion (8).

5. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein said single piece of material is between 0.07 mm and 0.18 mm thick.

6. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein a first angle (a) formed between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11) is between 45° and 80°.

7. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein a second angle (β) formed between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion (10) is between 100° to 160°.

8. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 7, further includes one or more of the following features:

a first radius of curvature (Rl) of the first bent portion (8) is between 0.09 mm and 0.27 mm;

a second radius of curvature (R2) of the second bent portion (9) is between 0.1 mm and 0.7 mm;

the intermediate portion (11) is between 0.8 mm and 1.6 mm in length from said first bent portion (8) to said second bent portion (9).

9. A shaving cartridge comprising at least one cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 8.

10. A blade support comprising:

a front side (F);

a back side (B) opposing said front side (F);

a platform portion (6);

a first bent portion (8);

an intermediate portion (11);

a second bent portion (9);

a base portion (10); wherein

the platform portion (6) extends towards the first bent portion (8); the intermediate portion (11) extends between the first bent portion (8) and the second bent portion (9);

the base portion (10) extends downward from the second bent portion (9), wherein the first bent portion (8) is convex on the back side (B), and

the second bent portion (9) is concave on the back side (B).

11. The blade support according to claim 10, further includes one or more of the following features:

a first angle (a) that is formed between the platform portion (6) and the intermediate portion (11) is between 45° and 80°;

a second angle (β) that is formed between the intermediate portion (11) and the base portion (10) is between 100° and 160°;

a thickness of the blade support (3) is between 0.07 mm and 0.18 mm.

12. A process for manufacturing a cutting member (1) for a shaving cartridge (20) comprising:

providing a flat piece of material;

forming a flat cutting portion (2) having a cutting edge portion (4);

forming a first bent portion (8), an intermediate portion (11), a second bent portion (9), and a base portion (10); wherein

said first bent portion (8) is formed between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11) and being integral with said flat cutting portion (2); and

said second bent portion (9) is formed between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion (10); and wherein

the first bent portion (8) is convex on a back side (B) of the cutting member; and the second bent portion (9) is concave on a back side (B) of the cutting member.

13. The process according to claim 12, further comprising the following steps:

forming a platform portion (6) that extends towards said first bent portion (8) and being made out of one piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (11), said second bent portion (9), said base portion (10); wherein

the platform portion (6) is configured to support the flat cutting portion (2); forming a first bent portion (8) convex on the back side (B) of the cutting member; and

forming a second bent portion (9) concave on the back side (B) of the cutting member

assembling the flat cutting portion (2) on the platform portion (6).

14. The process according to claim 12, further comprising the following step:

forming said flat cutting portion (2) made of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (11), said second bent portion (9), and said base portion (10), wherein

the flat cutting portion (2) extends towards the first bent portion (8).

15. The process according to any one of claims 12 to 14, further includes one or more of the following features:

a first angle (a) formed between the flat cutting portion (2) and the intermediate portion (11) is between 45° and 80°;

a second angle (β) formed between the intermediate portion (l l)and the base portion (10) is between 100° and 160°.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 24 November 2017 (24.1 1.2017)

CLAIM AMENDMENTS

1. A cutting member ( 1 , 101 ) for a shaving cartridge (20) comprising:

a front side (F);

a back side (B) opposing the front side (F); a flat cutting portion (2) having a cutting edge portion (4);

a first bent portion (8), an intermediate portion (11), a second bent portion (9) and a base portion (10) made out of one single piece of material, wherein

said first bent portion (8) is between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11), said cutting edge portion (4) is being opposite to the first bent portion (8), and said first bent portion (8) being integral with said flat cutting portion (2); said second bent portion (9) is between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion ( 10);

said first bent portion (8) is convex on the back side (B) of the cutting member, and said second bent portion (9) is concave on the back side (B) of the cutting member; characterized in that:

a first angle (a) formed between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion ( 1 1 ) is between 45° and 80°.

2. The cutting member (1) according to claim 1, further comprising a platform portion (6) having a front end (7) that is made out of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (1 1 ), said second bent portion (9) and said base portion ( 10), and wherein said platform portion (6) extends towards said first bent portion (8), and wherein the flat cutting portion (2) is mounted on the platform portion (6).

3. The cutting member (101 ) according to claim 1 , wherein said flat cutting portion (2) is made of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (11), said second bent portion (9) and said base portion (10), and wherein said flat cutting portion (2) extends towards the first bent portion (8).

4. The cutting member (1) according to claim 2, wherein the platform portion (6) is between 0.2 mm and 1.5 mm in length from said front end (7) to said first bent portion (8).

5. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein said single piece of material is between 0.07 mm and 0.18 mm thick.

6. The cutting member (1 ) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein a second angle (β) formed between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion (10) is between 100° to 160°.

7. The cutting member (1) according to any one of claims 1 to 6. further includes one or more of the following features:

a first radius of curvature (Rl) of the first bent portion (8) is between 0.09 mm and 0.27 mm; a second radius of curvature (R2) of the second bent portion (9) is between 0.1 mm and 0.7 mm;

the intermediate portion (11) is between 0.8 mm and 1.6 mm in length from said first bent portion (8) to said second bent portion (9).

8. A shaving cartridge comprising at least one cutting member ( 1) according to any one of claims 1 to 7.

9. A blade support comprising:

a front side (F);

a back side (B) opposing said front side (F);

a platform portion (6);

a first bent portion (8);

an intermediate portion (11);

a second bent portion (9);

a base portion (10); wherein

the platform portion (6) extends towards the first bent portion (8);

the intennediate portion (11) extends between the first bent portion (8) and the second bent portion ( 9);

the base portion (10) extends downward from the second bent portion (9),wherein the first bent portion (8) is convex on the back side (B), and

the second bent portion (9) is concave on the back side (B).

10. The blade support according to claim 9, further includes one or more of the following features:

a first angle (a) that is formed between the platform portion (6) and the intermediate portion (11) is between 45° and 80°;

a second angle (β) that is formed between the intermediate portion (11) and the base portion (10) is between 100° and 160°;

- a thickness of the blade support (3) is between 0.07 mm and 0.18 mm.

11. A process for manufacturing a cutting member (1) for a shaving cartridge (20) comprising:

providing a flat piece of material;

- forming a flat cutting portion (2) having a cutting edge portion (4); forming a first bent portion (8), an intermediate portion ( 1 1), a second bent portion (9), and a base portion (10); wherein

said first bent portion (8) is formed between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11) and being integral with said flat cutting portion (2); And

said second bent portion (9) is formed between said intermediate portion (11) and said base portion (10); and wherein

said first bent portion (8) is convex on a back side (B) of the cutting member;

said second bent portion (9) is concave on a back side (B) of the cutting member; characterized in that:

a first angle (a) formed between said flat cutting portion (2) and said intermediate portion (11) is between 45° and 80°.

12. The process according to claim 11. further comprising the following steps:

forming a platform portion (6) that extends towards said first bent portion (8) and - being made out of one piece of material with said first bent portion (8). said intermediate portion ( 11), said second bent portion (9), said base portion (10); wherein the platform portion (6) is configured to support the flat cutting portion (2);

forming a first bent portion (8) convex on the back side (B) of the cutting member; and

- forming a second bent portion (9) concave on the back side (B) of the cutting member

assembling the flat cutting portion (2) on the platform portion (6).

13. The process according to claim 11, further comprising the following step:

- fonriing said flat cutting portion (2) made of one single piece of material with said first bent portion (8), said intermediate portion (11), said second bent portion (9), and said base portion (10), wherein

the flat cutting portion (2) extends towards the first bent portion (8). 14. The process according to any one of claims 11 to 13, further includes one or more of the following features:

a first angle (a) formed between the flat cutting portion (2) and the intermediate portion (1 1 ) is between 45° and 80°; a second angle (β) formed between the intermediate portion (1 l )and the base portion (10) is between 100° and 160°.

Description:
RAZOR SYSTEM

FIELD

The present disclosure is related to cutting members for shaving cartridges, to blade supports, and to methods for manufacturing such cutting members.

BACKGROUND

Currently, shaving razors include one or more blades positioned within a blade portion of the housing. The cartridge is attached to a handle. The housing and the blades together form a razor cartridge.

Recently, it has been common for the blade to be supported/carried on a blade support, together forming a cutting member. Further, the cutting members are being used in razor cartridges, thus allowing the cutting member to move within some degree inside the housing during the shaving process. An increase in the number of blades used in the shaving cartridge leads to an improvement in the shaving efficiency, and a pressure to the skin of a user is well distributed. However, at the same time, an increasing number of blades decreases the space in the blade portion of the housing. That is, the space available for the flow of water and shaving remainders through the cartridge is decreased for a given shaving cartridge footprint. To enhance rinsability, there is a need to provide thinner blades which otherwise is difficult in sense of the minimum possible distance between the blades as well as the manufacture of the blades.

Due to the current design of the support of almost all movable blades, the loading of the blades is focused on the center of the blade thereby resulting in a need for supporting features in the housing. Rinsing of the cartridge containing the blades is much easier with movable blades but, by using thinner supports or integral bent blades in order to improve rinsing, additional supporting features of the housing are required, thus leading to blocked and/or restricted areas for rinsing. These supporting features of the housing create extra "obstacles" within the shaving head and therefore the rinsability of the head is greatly decreased, leading to debris accumulation and early blade dulling. Also, the deformation of the blade during shaving (for a shaving cartridge with specific dimensions) limits how thin the blade support and blade can be.

SUMMARY

Aspects of the disclosure include a cutting member for a shaving cartridge of a specific design that increases the overall shaving performance.

The cutting member for the shaving cartridge includes

a front side; a back side;

a flat cutting portion having a cutting edge portion; and a first bent portion, an intermediate portion, a second bent portion and a base portion made out of single piece of material.

The first bent portion is between said flat cutting portion and said intermediate portion. The cutting edge portion is opposite to the first bent portion and the first bent portion is integral with said flat cutting portion. The second bent portion is between the intermediate portion and the base portion. The first bent portion is convex on the back side of the cutting member; and

said second bent portion is concave on the back side of the cutting member.

The blade support includes

a front side;

a back side opposing said front side;

a platform portion;

a first bent portion;

an intermediate portion;

a second bent portion; and

a base portion. The

platform portion extends towards the first bent portion. The intermediate portion extends between the first bent portion and the second bent portion; and the base portion extends downward from the second bent portion. The

first bent portion is convex on the back side, and the second bent portion is concave on the back side.

The proposed shape of the new support resembles a question mark or "S" shape.

A method for manufacturing the cutting member for shaving cartridge includes the following steps:

providing a flat piece of material;

forming a flat cutting portion having a cutting edge;

forming a first bent portion, an intermediate portion, a second bent portion, and a base portion. The

first bent portion is formed between the flat cutting portion and the intermediate portion and is integral with the flat cutting portion. The second bent portion is between the intermediate portion and the base portion. The

first bent portion is convex on the back side of the cutting member, and

the second bent portion is concave on the back side of the cutting member.

EFFECT OF THE DISCLOSURE

The present disclosure involves a cutting member, that by having a specifically designed shape, is capable of providing a less aggressive profile of a blade. Thus, the blade is less abrasive to the skin of a user and cuts and injury are avoided. Furthermore, as compared to conventional shaving cartridges, the skin contours are followed more closely leading to an improved shaving efficiency. In addition, thinner blades and thinner supports are able to be incorporated into the shaving cartridge. Therefore, the manufacturing process is fast, efficient, reliable and the cost of the production could be possibly reduced. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Other features and advantages of aspects of the present disclosure will appear from the following detailed description, given by way of non-limiting examples, and with reference to the accompanying drawings.

Figure 1 is an exploded cross-sectional view of the conventional shaving cartridge; - Figure 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view of the conventional blade and support assembly used in the shaving cartridge of Figure 1 ;

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the shaving cartridge according to an aspect of the present disclosure;

Figure 4 is an exploded perspective view of the shaving cartridge of Figure 3;

- Figure 5 is an exploded cross sectional view of a shaving cartridge of according to another aspect of the present disclosure;

Figure 6 is a top view of a cutting member of an aspect of the present disclosure; Figure 7 is a front side view of the cutting member of Figure 6;

Figure 8 is a side sectional view of the cutting member of Figure 6;

- Figure 9 is an enlarged side cross-sectional view of the cutting member of Figure 6;

Figure 10 is a cross sectional view of the support portion without the blade according to an aspect of the present disclosure;

Figure 11 is a cross sectional view of a cutting member of another aspect of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

In the figures, the same references denote identical or similar elements. Figures 1 and 2 detail a conventional shaving cartridge including a plurality of blades 98 (also called "cutting portion") arranged within the housing. The plurality of blades 98 are each mounted on an elongated support 99, respectively. The blade 98 and blade support 99 form an assembly.

Aspects of the present disclosure, as shown in Figure 3, may include a shaving cartridge 20 including a housing 14extending in a longitudinal direction, along an X-X axis. The housing 14 may be formed in a conventional rectangular shape. In some aspects, the housing 14 may also be different shapes, for example an oval shape.

The housing 14 may include a top portion 15, a bottom portion 16 opposing the top portion 15, a front portion 17, and a rear portion 18 opposing the front portion 17. The top portion 15 and the bottom portion 16 of the housing may be parallel to each other. The front portion 17 and the rear portion 18 may face each other and may include a plurality of side portions. The plurality of side portions may be a first side portion 21 and a second side portion 22. The front portion 17 and the rear portion 18 may extend in a lateral direction along a lateral axis Z-Z, between the top portion 15 and a bottom portion 16 of the housing 14. The lateral axis Z-Z may intersect the longitudinal axis X-X and may be perpendicular or form a different angle to the longitudinal axis X-X. The first side portion 21 and the second side portion 22 may extend between the front portion 17 and the rear portion 18 of the housing in a transverse direction, along a transverse axis Y-Y. The transverse axis Y-Y may be orthogonal or form a different angle to the longitudinal axis X-X and to the lateral axis Z- Z. The housing 14 may be made out of plastic material. Also, other materials may be used to form the housing 14 as well. The housing 14 may also be made out of a combination of two or more different materials. The housing 14 may also include a connecting mechanism which may allow, directly or via an intermediate adaptor, for connection of the shaving cartridge 20 to a handle. The housing 14 may include a guard bar 12 adjacent to the front portion 17 of the housing 14 and a cap 13 adjacent to the rear portion 18 of the housing 14. The cap 13 or the guard bar 12 may include a lubricating element 25 which may be oriented adjacent to the top portion 15 of the housing 14 and configured to come into contact with the skin of a user during the shaving procedure.

The housing 14 may include a blade receiving portion 26. The blade receiving portion 26, as shown in Figure 4, may be disposed on the top portion 15 of the housing 14, between the front portion 17 and the rear portion 18 of the housing 14. The blade receiving portion 26 may define a recess and may be configured to receive at least one cutting member 1. The at least one cutting member 1 may be mounted in the blade receiving portion 26 between the front portion 17 of the housing 14 and the rear portion 18 of the housing 14 and between the first side portion 21 and the second side portion 22 of the housing 14. Each cutting member 1 may extend in the longitudinal direction along the longitudinal axis X-X. The blade receiving portion 26 may have a conventional rectangular shape.

The at least one cutting member 1 may include a back side B and a front side F. As depicted in Figure 9 or 11, for example, the back side B of the cutting member may be a surface of the cutting member 1, 101, along the lateral axis Z-Z, oriented towards the cap 13, (i.e. a surface of the cutting member 1, 101 oriented towards the rear portion 18 of the housing 14). The front side F of the cutting member may be opposed to the back side B. More specifically, the front side F of the cutting member may be a surface of the cutting member 1 , 101, along the lateral axis Z-Z, oriented towards the guard bar 12, (i.e. a surface of the cutting member 1, 101 oriented towards the front portion 17 of the housing 14).

According to an aspect, the at least one cutting member 1 may include a flat cutting portion 2 having a cutting edge portion 4 and an end portion 5 opposing the cutting edge portion 4. The cutting member 1 may also include a platform portion 6, a first bent portion 8, an intermediate portion 11, a second bent portion 9, and a base portion 10. The cutting edge portion 4 may be opposite to the first bent portion 8. The platform portion 6 may have a front end 7 adjacent to the cutting edge portion 4. The platform portion 6 may be made out of one single piece of material with the first bent portion 8, the intermediate portion 11, the second bent portion 9 and the base portion 10. The flat cutting portion 2 may be mounted on the platform portion 6. In other words, the platform portion 6 may be configured to carry or to support the flat cutting portion 2. The platform portion 6, the first bent portion 8, the intermediate portion 11, the second bent portion 9 and the base portion 10 together form the support portion 3 seen in Figures 4 and 10. The flat cutting portions 2 may be attached to the platform portion 6 by welding techniques or any other techniques such as gluing or adhesives may also be used. The first bent portion 8 may be integral with the flat cutting portion 2.

The support portion 3 may be made for example out of a plastic material, or any other suitable materials may also be used. In a case when support portion 3 is made out of plastic, the support portion 3 may be injection molded. Moreover, the support portion 3 may be formed by extrusion.

As depicted in Figures 8 and 9, the flat cutting portion 2 may be carried by the platform portion 6. As shown in figure 5, each flat cutting portion 2 may be supported on the platform portion 6, respectively, together creating a plurality of cutting members 1.

The flat cutting portion 2 may be exposed via the top portion 15 of the housing 14. The flat cutting portion 2 of the cutting member 1 may be at least one blade. The blade may be made out of various materials, such as ceramics or metal.

According to some aspect, as shown in Figures 3 and 4, the shaving cartridge 20 may include three cutting members 1. According to other aspects, the shaving cartridge 20 may include more or less than three cutting members 1. As illustrated in Figure 5 the shaving cartridge 20 may include four cutting members 1. That is, the number of the cutting members 1 may vary. As shown in Figure 3, the flat cutting portion 2 may extend along the longitudinal axis X-X. The cutting edge portion 4 may be accessible at the top portion 15 of the housing 14 to cut the hair during the shaving process. The flat cutting portion 2 may define a cutting portion plane. The platform portion 6 may extend towards the first bent portion 8. The platform portion 6 may be connected to the flat cutting portion 2, and may be configured to support the flat cutting portion 2. The end portion 5 of the flat cutting portion 2 may be near/adjacent to the first bent portion 8 as shown in Figure 9. The first bent portion 8 may be between the platform portion 6 and the intermediate portion 11, (i.e. the first bent portion 8 may extend between the platform portion 6 and the intermediate portion 11). The first bent portion 8 may be formed so as to be concave on the front side F of the cutting member 1, (i.e. the first bent portion 8 may have a concave shape on the front side F). By concave shape, it is meant that a shape is curved inward. Taken from the back side B of the cutting member, the first bent portion 8 may be formed in a convex shape. By convex shape it is meant the opposite of the concave shape, (i.e. a convex shape is bulged outward). In other words, the first bent portion 8, when viewed from the rear portion 18 of the housing 14 may be formed into the convex shape; and as viewed from the front portion 17 of the housing 14, the first bent portion 8 may have the concave shape. The intermediate portion 11 may extend between the first bent portion 8 and the second bent portion 9.

Referring to Figure 9, a first angle a formed between the flat cutting portion 2 and the intermediate portion 11 may be between 45° to 80°. According to some aspects, the first angle a may be between 50° and 70° and according to other aspect, may be about 52°. The second bent portion 9 may be formed between the intermediate portion 11 and the base portion 10. The second bent portion 9 may be intermediate to the base portion 10 and the intermediate portion 11. The second bent portion 9 may be formed in the convex shape on the front side F of the cutting member 1, (i.e. the second bent portion 9 when viewed from the front portion 17 of the housing 14, where the guard bar 12 may be present, may assume the convex shape. In other words, the second bent portion 9 may be formed to be concave on the back side B of the cutting member 1. A second angle β, formed between the intermediate portion 11 and the base portion 10 may be between 100° and 160°. According to some aspects, the second angle β may be between 120° and 140°, and according to some aspects may be about 130°. The base portion 10 may extend downward from the second bent portion 9. The base portion may have a length LB, as shown in Figure 10. The length LB may be between 0.6 mm to 1.2 mm. According to some aspects, the length LB may be between 0.65 mm to 1.0 mm and according to other aspects, may be about 0.70 mm.

According to an aspect, as shown in Figure 10, a thickness (dimension T) the single piece of material used to form the cutting member may be between 0.07 mm and 0.18 mm. According to further aspects, the thickness T may be between 0.10 mm and 0.15 mm, and according to other aspect, may be about 0.12 mm.

A dimension LE, seen on figure 10, may be a distance at which the base portion 10 may exceed the platform portion 6. More particularly, LE may be the distance measured from the front end 7 of the platform portion to the front side F of the base portion 10 along the transverse axis Y-Y. The LE may be between the 0.35 mm and 1.00 mm According to some aspects, for example, when the flat cutting portion 2 is not mounted to the platform 6, the dimension LE may be between 0.5 mm and 0.9 mm, and according to further aspects, about 0.75 mm. When the flat cutting portion 2 is mounted on the platform portion 6, the dimension LE, according to some aspects may be measured from the cutting edge portion 4 of the flat cutting portion 2 to the front side F of the base portion 10. For example, the dimension LE may be between 0 mm and 0.6 mm. According to some aspects, the dimension LE may be between 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm and according to further aspects may be about 0.40 mm.

A conventional blade support 99 (e.g. as shown in Figure 2) has a thickness of approximately 0.28 mm

According to further aspect as shown in Figures 9 and 11, the first bent portion 8 may have a first inner radius of curvature Rl, also called "first radius of curvature", that may be between 0.09 mm and 0.27 mm. For example, the radius of curvature Rl may be between 0.12 mm and 0.24 mm; however, according to some aspects, the radius of curvature Rl may be about 0.21 mm. The second bent portion 9 may have a second inner radius of curvature R2, also called "second radius of curvature", that may be between 0.1 mm and 0.7 mm. For example, the radius of curvature R2 may be between 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm; however, according to some aspects, the radius of curvature R2 may be about 0.4 mm. According to some aspects, the cutting member 1 may resemble a question mark or "S"- shape. The "S" - shaped cutting member 1 or question mark cutting member 1 may lead to the blade having a less aggressive profile, thereby resulting in better fluidity and fewer nicks and cuts occurring on the skin during the shaving. The skin of the user may contour may be more easily and more closely followed thereby leading to an overall improved shaving performance. The question mark - shaped support may allow for the use of thinner blades and thinner supports. Consequently, the cost of production may be decreased.

According to further aspects, the at least one cutting member 1, 101 may be movably mounted along the lateral axis Y-Y in the blade receiving portion 26. For example, the cutting member 1, 101 may be carried by two elastic fingers 77. The elastic fingers 77 may extend in the blade receiving portion 26 towards each other and upwardly from each one of the plurality of side portions 21, 22 of the housing 14. For example, when the flat cutting portion 2 is supported on the platform portion 6, the support portion may be carried by the elastic fingers 77 as shown on figure 4.

The at least one cutting member 1, 101 may be retained on the housing 14 by retaining members 27. A retaining member 27 may be, for example, a clip. The clip 27 may have a regular U shape and may comprise a body 28 and at least two legs 29, 39, as seen on figure 3. The body 28 of the clip may extend between said at least to legs 29, 39 and along the transversal axis Y-Y. The clip 27 may be located to face the cutting edge portion 4 and thus retain the cutting member 1, 101 within the housing 14. The at least one cutting member 1, 101 may be retained on the housing 14 also by retainers or by an ultrasonic welded cap. According for further aspects, as shown in Figure 11, the at least one cutting member 101 may be an integrally formed cutting member 101. In other words, the flat cutting portion 2 may be made out of one single piece of material with the first bent portion 8, the intermediate portion 11, the second bent portion 9 and the base portion 10. The flat cutting portion may extend towards the first bent portion 8 and may be integral with the first bent portion 8. The flat cutting portion 2 may include the cutting edge portion 4. The cutting edge portion 4 may be opposite to the first bent portion 8. The cutting edge portion 4 may be accessible at said top portion 15 of the housing 14 to cut the hair during the shaving procedure. The flat cutting portion 2 may extend along the longitudinal axis X-X. The cutting member 101 may include a back side B, a front side F, a first angle a and a second angle β, a first radius of curvature Rl, a second radius of curvature R2, as explained above.

Further aspects may include a process for manufacturing a cutting member 1, 101 for a shaving cartridge.

The process for manufacturing the cutting member 1, 101 for a shaving cartridge 20 may include:

providing a flat piece of material;

- forming a flat cutting portion 2 having a cutting edge portion 4;

forming a first bent portion 8, an intermediate portion 11, a second bent portion 9, and a base portion 10. The first bent portion 8 may be formed between the flat cutting portion 2 and the intermediate portion 11 and may be integral with the flat cutting portion 2. The second bent portion 9 may be formed between the intermediate portion 11 and the base portion 10. The first bent portion 8 may be convex on the back side B of the cutting member 1, 101; and the second bent portion 9 may be concave on a back side B of the cutting member 1, 101.

According some aspect, the method may further include one or more of the following steps:

- forming a platform portion 6 that may extend towards said first bent portion 8 and may be made out of one piece of material with the first bent portion 8, the intermediate portion 11, the second bent portion 9, and the base portion 10. The platform portion 6 may be configured to support the cutting member 1, 101. The first bent portion 8 may be formed as a convex on the back side B of the cutting member 1, 101. The method may further include forming the second bent portion 9 concave on the back side B of the cutting member

1, 101 and assembling the flat cutting portion 2 on the platform portion 6. According to further aspects, the method may include the step of forming the flat cutting portion 2 into a single piece of material with the first bent portion 8, the intermediate portion 11, the second bent portion 9, and the base portion 10. The flat cutting portion 2 may be configured to extend towards the first bent portion 8.

Other embodiments of the disclosure are within the scope of the appended claims.




 
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