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Title:
SHAVING BLADE ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/141487
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present application is related to a shaving blade assembly and a method of using a shaving blade assembly comprising a blade (30), a first resilient element (42) supporting the blade and arranged to urge the blade in a first direction substantially orthogonal to a cutting edge (32) of the blade; and a first movable member (50A) configured to selectively engage the first resilient element, in the first direction in at least one position, to impede deformation of the first resilient element.

Inventors:
ATHANASSIOU, Dionysios (18 Efkalipton Str, Marousi, Athens, 15126, GR)
MOUSTAKAS, Panagiotis (30 Chr. Smyrnis Str, Petroupoli, Athens, 13232, GR)
Application Number:
EP2018/086366
Publication Date:
July 25, 2019
Filing Date:
December 20, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BIC VIOLEX S.A. (58 AGIOU ATHANASIOU ST, ANOIXI, ANOIXI, 14569, GR)
International Classes:
B26B21/22; B26B21/40
Domestic Patent References:
WO2001039937A12001-06-07
WO2011042842A12011-04-14
Foreign References:
US20120151775A12012-06-21
US20160346944A12016-12-01
US5313706A1994-05-24
US4345374A1982-08-24
US3955277A1976-05-11
US3667121A1972-06-06
DE102004020650A12005-11-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CALVO DE NO, Rodrigo et al. (CABINET BEAU DE LOMENIE, 158 RUE DE L'UNIVERSITE, PARIS CEDEX 07, 75340, FR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A shaving blade assembly (10) comprising:

a blade (30), a first resilient element (42) supporting the blade and arranged to urge the blade in a first direction substantially orthogonal to a cutting edge (32) of the blade; and

a first movable member (50A)

characterized in that

the first movable element (50A) is configured to selectively engage the first resilient element in the first direction, in at least one position, to impede deformation of the first resilient element.

2. The shaving blade assembly (10) of claim 1, further comprising a plurality of blades (30).

3. The shaving blade assembly (10) of claims 1 or 2, further comprising a plurality of resilient elements (42) each supporting at least one blade.

4. The shaving blade assembly (10) of any one of claims 1-3, wherein the first movable member (50A) is configured to be selectively held in the at least one position.

5. The shaving blade assembly (10) of any one of claims 1-4, wherein the first movable member (50A) is configured to be securable in a plurality of different positions.

6. The shaving blade assembly (10) of claims 4 or 5, further comprising a detent mechanism (26A) for securing the first movable member (50A) in the at least one position.

7. The shaving blade assembly (10) of any one of claims 1-4, the first movable member is configured to be secured by friction in the at least one position.

8. The shaving blade assembly (10) of any one of claim 1-3, further comprising a first stiffening means (70) configured to urge the first movable member (52A) against the first resilient element (42).

9. The shaving blade assembly (10) of claim 8, wherein the stiffening means (70) is removably attached.

10. The shaving blade assembly (10) of any one of claims 1-9, extending between first and second ends (22, 24) in a direction parallel to the cutting edge of the blade (30), the first movable member (50A) being located at the first end and a second movable member (50B) being located at the second end, the second movable member being configured to engage a second resilient element (42) in the first direction to impede movement of the second resilient element.

11. The shaving blade assembly of any one of claims 1-10, wherein at least one movable member (50A, 50B) comprises a substantially arcuate segment.

12. The shaving blade assembly of any one of claims 1-11, wherein at least one resilient element (42) is resilient in bending.

13. A method of adjusting a shaving blade assembly (10), wherein the shaving blade assembly comprises a blade (30) supported by a first resilient element (42) urging the blade in a first direction substantially orthogonal to a cutting edge (32) of the blade; and a first movable member (50A) engages the first resilient element in the first direction to impede movement of the first resilient element, wherein the method includes:

moving the first movable member from an initial position to a final position in either one of the first or a second direction.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the first movable member moves (50A) along an arcuate path when moved between the initial and final positions.

Description:
SHAVING BLADE ASSEMBLY

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present description relates to a shaving blade assembly, and more specifically, to a shaving blade assembly comprising a blade, a first resilient element supporting the blade and arranged to urge the blade in a first direction orthogonal to the cutting edge of the blade; and a first movable member configured to engage the first resilient element in the first direction and be secured in at least one position to impede deformation of the first resilient element. The shaving blade assembly may be specifically adapted for shaving facial, head, and/or body hair. The shaving blade assembly may further include a housing with an upper stop against which the resilient element may urge the blade in said first direction and may be adapted to be attached to a razor handle, possibly interchangeably, in particular when a razor blade or blades of the shaving blade assembly has been blunted.

DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART

[0002] Shaving heads or blade retainers comprising a plurality of blades with adjustable exposure mechanisms are commonly known in the art. For example, U.S. Patent Application Publication number 2016/0346944 A1 discloses blade retaining means that adjust the blade exposure by moving the blades toward and away from the shaving plane. The blades of the multi-blade razor are coupled to a rotating mechanism which is turned into a cleaning position that is substantially perpendicular to the shaving plane.

[0003] Similarly, U.S. Patent number 5,313,706 discloses a shaving head wherein a pivoting blade arrangement is adapted to decrease the blade exposure while increasing the guard blade span and the shaving angle when the blade is subjected to forces during shaving. In this disclosure, the blades are also adjusted by rotating the blades relative to the shaving plane.

[0004] U.S. Patent number 4,345,374 discloses a razor blade unit that has a blade member, a guard member located forward of the exposed edge of the blade member, and an integral adjusting mechanism operable independently of the razor handle for changing the positioning of the blade and guard members relative to one another to vary the shaving geometry. The adjustment mechanism is located to the rear of the blade member, on the opposite side of the blade unit from the guard structure. In this disclosure, the exposure of the blades is adjusted by rotating the guard member relative to the shaving plane.

[0005] U.S. Patent number 3,955,277 discloses a razor blade unit having an adjusting mechanism integral with the blade unit for changing the relative positioning of the blade member and guard portion to vary the shaving geometry of the blade unit. A lever is located on the shaving head. In this disclosure, the exposure of the blades is adjusted by moving the guard member relative to the shaving plane.

[0006] Additionally, U.S. Patent number 3,667,121 discloses a razor including a handle portion in which there is a mounting means for adjusting the blade exposure by moving the guard bar in different positions. However, in this patent, the guard bar is being adjusted rather than the blades themselves.

[0007] In another example, German Patent Application Publication number DE 10 2004 020 650 A1 includes a semi-circled lever that is located on the blade retainers. In this disclosure, the head of the razor is adjusted by rotating a lever around an asymmetrically positioned axle. The angle of the blades can be adjusted with sliding elements assembled on a rail and is moved by an arrangement of toothed wheels. However, the blades are adjusted by rotating the blades relative to the shaving plane.

SUMMARY

[0008] Object of the present inventive concept is to provide a shaving blade assembly having at least one blade supported on at least one resilient element, and a mechanism that impedes the lateral movement of the at least one blade by applying a pressure on the at least one resilient element. In other words, the mechanism is capable of limiting the displacement of the at least one resilient element or locking the resilient element in place. Another benefit is that the user may adjust the blade geometry without the use of a tool and at any time before, after, or during the shaving process. Another benefit of the present inventive concept is that the user may switch from a movable blade head to a fixed blade head.

[0009] Aspects of the present disclosure relate to providing a shaving blade assembly comprising: a blade, a first resilient element supporting the blade and arranged to urge the blade in a first direction substantially orthogonal to the cutting edge of the blade; and a first movable member configured to selectively engage the first resilient element in the first direction, in at least one position, to impede deformation of the first resilient element.

[0010] With this configuration, the shaving blade assembly can selectively adjust the stiffness and/or deformation range of the resilient element based on a user’s choice and desire, thus restricting the displacement of the blade, effectively adjusting how far the blade retracts into a housing of the blade assembly in response to a given pressure on their outer surface. Thus, if a user desires an aggressive or precision shave, the user has the option to restrict the deformation of the resilient element to impede the blade from retracting into the housing of the blade assembly under the shaving pressure. The maximum force seen against the skin may be of about 0-0.4 N, more preferably 0.3 N.

[0011] Accordingly, in at least one aspect, the shaving blade assembly may further comprise a plurality of blades. Including more blades increases the cutting surface area, reduces the time spent on shaving and minimizes the nicks and cuts

[0012] Accordingly, in at least one aspect, the shaving blade assembly may further comprise a plurality of resilient elements each supporting at least one blade. Including a plurality of resilient elements helps ensure that the blade(s) are positioned in a manner to provide a consistent cut.

[0013] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, the first movable member may be configured to be selectively held in the at least one position. With this configuration, the shaving blade assembly may restrict the movement of the resilient element to a desired range, effectively controlling how far the blade retracts into the housing of the blade assembly.

[0014] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, the first movable member may be configured to be secured in a plurality of different positions. A consequence of the first moveable member being permitted to be securable in a plurality of positions is that the user has the option to adjust the stiffness and/or deformation range of the resilient element.

[0015] Accordingly, in at least one aspect, the shaving blade assembly may further comprising a detent mechanism for securing the first movable member in the at least one position. The detent mechanism can be one of any suitable detent mechanisms, including, but not limited to: a spring loaded ball-lock mechanism with matching cavities or a protuberance and corresponding recesses. The detent mechanism allows the movable member to be secured into place in order to avoid accidental movement or release of the blade while shaving.

[0016] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, the first movable member may be configured to be secured by friction in the at least one position. Similar to the detent mechanism, the first movable member can be held into place by any frictional means, including, but not limited to mating textured surfaces. The frictional contact holding the movable member in place allows the movable member to be secured, thereby avoiding unwanted movement of the blade while shaving.

[0017] Accordingly, in at least one aspect, the shaving blade assembly may further comprise a first stiffening means configured to urge the first movable member against the first resilient element. Restricting the movement of the movable member to a desired range restricts the displacement of the blade, effectively controlling how far the blade retracts into a housing of the blade assembly. If a user does not desire a bold shave and also does not desire a sensitive shave, the user has the option to restrict the movement of the resilient element to have a moderate shave. The stiffening means is adapted to urge the movable member to be in continuous contact with the first resilient element which allows for a smooth and consistent shave. [0018] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, the stiffening means is removably attached. Configuring the shaving assembly to have an interchangeable stiffening means may make the shaving blade assembly more versatile. This is because the interchangeable stiffening means provides a user with greater control over achieving their desired shave. For example, they may insert a stiffening means with a high stiffness k for an aggressive shave, or remove or replace the stiffening means with ones that have a lower stiffness k for a more sensitive shave.

[0019] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, extending between first and second ends in a direction parallel to a cutting edge of the blade, the first movable member being located at the first end and a second movable member being located at the second end, the second movable member being configured to engage a second resilient element in the first direction to impede movement of the second resilient element.

[0020] Including a second movable member being configured to engage a second resilient element in the first direction to impede movement of the second resilient element can ensure that the lateral displacement of the entire blade moves within the desired range thereby providing a consistent distance from the shaving surface.

[0021] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, at least one movable member comprises a substantially arcuate segment. The arcuate segment makes it possible to fit the movable member in the interior of a housing of the shaving blade assembly. Having the movable member inside of the housing protects the movable member from being dislodged or toggled inadvertently. Additionally, the arcuate form allows for a larger and more precise range that the resilient elements can move.

[0022] Accordingly, in at least one aspect of the shaving blade assembly, at least one resilient element is resilient in bending. Consequently, the flexibility of the resilient element permits the blade to be movable, allowing the blade to better follow the natural contours of the user’s body, as well as ensure that the resilient element is durable and has a long life. [0023] Another aspect of the present disclosure relates to providing a method of adjusting a shaving blade assembly, wherein the shaving blade assembly comprises a blade supported by a first resilient element urging the blade in a first direction substantially orthogonal to a cutting edge of the blade; and a first movable member engages the first resilient element in the first direction to impede movement of the first resilient element, wherein the method may include: moving the first movable member from an initial position to a final position in either one of the first or a second direction.

[0024] With this configuration, the user can adjust return force of the blade to avoid irritation (e.g., in case of sensitive skin). Additionally, the user may adjust the blade geometry without the use of a separate tool and at any time before, after, or during the shaving process.

[0025] Accordingly, in at least one aspect, the first movable member may move along an arcuate path when moved between the initial and final positions. The arcuate path may make it easier to fit the movable member in the interior of a housing of the shaving blade assembly. Having the movable member inside of the housing protects the movable member from being dislodged or toggled inadvertently. Additionally, the arcuate form allows for a larger and more precise range that the resilient elements can move.

[0026] The above summary is not intended to describe each and every implementation of the concept. In particular, selected features of any illustrative embodiment within this disclosure may be incorporated into additional embodiments unless clearly stated to the contrary.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0027] The disclosure may be more completely understood in consideration of the following detailed description of aspects of the disclosure in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0028] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a shaving blade assembly according to a first example; [0029] FIG. 2 is a cross-section cut along the plane II-II of the shaving blade assembly of FIG. 1;

[0030] FIG. 3A is a schematic of the shaving blade assembly of FIG. 2 when the movable member is in an initial position;

[0031] FIG. 3B is a schematic of the shaving blade assembly of FIG. 2 when the movable member is in a final position; and

[0032] FIG. 4 is a cross-section of an alternative embodiment of the shaving blade assembly.

[0033] While aspects of the disclosure are amenable to various modifications and alternative forms, specifics thereof have been shown by way of example in the drawings and will be described in detail. It should be understood, however, that the intention is not to limit aspects of the disclosure to the particular embodiment described. On the contrary, the intention of this disclosure is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the scope of the disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0034] As used in this disclosure and the appended claims, the singular forms“a”,“an”, and“the” include plural referents unless the content clearly dictates otherwise. As used in this disclosure and the appended claims, the term“or” is generally employed in its sense including“and/or” unless the content clearly dictates otherwise.

[0035] The following detailed description should be read with reference to the drawings. The detailed description and the drawings, which are not necessarily to scale, depict illustrative aspects and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention. The illustrative aspects depicted are intended only as exemplary.

[0036] Aspects of the disclosure relate to a shaving blade assembly 10 as shown in FIGS. 1 to 4. FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a shaving blade assembly 10. The shaving blade assembly 10 has a hollow housing 20 that may be formed in a rectangular shape, however the housing 20 may have different shapes, for example an oval shape. The housing 20 may also include a cap 20 A, guard bar 20B, and a pair of substantially c-shaped retainers 80 each having a top portion, a bottom portion, a substantially convex portion connecting the top and bottom portions, where the retainers 80 are adapted to retain the position of the blades 30 within the housing 20. The retainers may extend along a pair of side edges of the housing 20 and are spaced apart and positioned on opposite sides of the housing 20. The retainers 80 may be either integral with the housing or a separate component assembled with the housing. Additionally, the shape of the retaining means can be either complementary to the shape of a movable member 50A, 50B or not.

[0037] Secured within the housing 20 is at least one blade 30. In this embodiment, a plurality of blades 30 are shown, however, it is contemplated that the shaving blade assembly 10 may have any number of blades 30. Additionally, the blades 30 that are shown are elongate in shape; however, it is contemplated that the blades 30 may be formed into any other suitable shape. Each blade 30 has a cutting edge 32 that defines a line and is adapted to cut facial hair or body hair.

[0038] The blades 30 traverse the housing 20 between a first end 22 to a second end 24. The blades 30 may be partially exposed through an opening in the housing 20. Each blade 30 has two ends that correspond with the first and second ends of the housing 22, 24. The ends of the blades 30 may be oriented to extend beyond the boundaries of the opening in the housing 20 and be partially covered and unexposed. Additionally, each blade may be one piece, bent to form an angle, or may comprise a blade support attached on it.

[0039] Turning to FIG. 2, which is a cross-section along plane II- II in FIG. 1. Encased within the housing 20 is a mounting structure 40 that has a flexible and resilient element 42 extending therefrom. In this concept, the resilient element 42 is an elongate spring finger, however the resilient element 42 can have any other suitable form. The resilient element 42 may be composed of any type of appropriate single or many materials, including, but not limited to: a metal, polymer, or composite material or a combination. Additionally, it is envisioned that in this embodiment two resilient elements 42 are used, each being disposed on respective first and second sides 22, 24; however, it is contemplated that any number of resilient elements 42 may be used.

[0040] The resilient element 42 is adapted to contact the underside of blades 30, which is the surface of the blades 30 that is facing the interior of the housing 20. The resilient elements are adapted to contact all of the blades 30. The resilient element 42 is assembled in the housing 20, or may be integral with the housing, with a pre-loaded stress such that the resilient element 42 may be adapted to urge or push the blades 30 in a first direction, specifically orthogonally to the cutting edge of the blade 30, toward the opening in the housing, thereby causing the ends of the blades 30 to contact or abut the housing 20. Orthogonally to the cutting edge of the blade 30 means any direction in a plane P perpendicular to the cutting edge.

[0041] A movable member 50B may be disposed within the interior of the housing 20 and may contact the body of resilient element 42. In this embodiment, the shaving blade assembly 10 has two movable members 50A, 50B, one on each side of the shaving blade assembly 22, 24. However, it is contemplated that the shaving blade assembly 10 may have any number of movable members 50A, 50B.

[0042] Each movable member 50A, 50B may be formed into an arcuate shape and may be adapted to slide along a corresponding arcuate track within the housing 20 (not shown). Each movable member 50A, 50B defines a lever 52A, 52B that extends outwardly. The housing 20 has corresponding windows GOA, 60B that allow the respective levers 52A, 52B to extend from the inside of the housing 20 to the exterior of the housing 20. Further, the levers 52 A, 52B are adapted to be engaged by a user of the shaving blade assembly 10.

[0043] In this embodiment, the levers 52A, 52B of the movable members 50A, 50B are disposed on the ends 22, 24 of the shaving blade assembly 10; however, it is contemplated that the levers 52A, 52B may be disposed anywhere on the shaving blade assembly 10, for example, on the top surface, the bottom surface, or any other suitable location.

[0044] Turning to FIGS. 3A and 3B, the movable member 50B can be secured into place by a securing means 26B. Each movable member 50A, 50B has a respective securing means 26A, 26B that secures or locks the movable members 50A, 50B into the initial position and/or final position. The securing means 26A, 26B may secure the movable members 50A, 50B to not obstruct the free movement or deformation of the resilient member 42 or to be set in a position to prevent the resilient element 42 from moving or flexing beyond a desired point.

[0045] For illustrative purposes, only the initial and final positions are discussed, however it is contemplated that the movable member(s) 50A, 50B may be positioned in any number of positions or stages. Each of the securing means positions may allow the resilient members 42 to have a different range or motion relative to a shaving plane. The shaving plane is defined by a tangent line intersecting the top surfaces of the guard bar 20B located on the front side of the housing of the shaving blade assembly and the cap 20A located at the rear side of the housing. The term "exposure" as used herein is intended to mean the perpendicular distance from the cutting edge of a blade to the shaving plane. For a person skilled in the art, the blade exposure is typically considered positive when the blade edge is disposed above this tangent line, effectively extending out of the housing 20, and is considered negative when the blade edge is positioned below this tangent line, inside of the housing 20, at a rest position.

[0046] As can be seen in FIG. 3A, the moveable member 50B is in a first, impeding, position where the end of the movable member 50B is contacting the body of the resilient member 42. In this position, when a normal force is applied to the outer surface of the blades 30 in a second direction (toward the inner cavity of the housing 20), which is opposite to the direction that the resilient element 42 is urging the blades 30, the blades 30 may be configured to flex or bend the resilient element 42. However, the movable member 50B is adapted to apply a reaction force on the resilient member 42 restricting the range of motion of the resilient element 42. As a consequence, the moveable member 50B limits the movement or deformation of the resilient element 42, thus causing the blades 30 to have a restricted downwards movement relative to the shaving plane. Thus, in this position the exposure of the blade (30) remains constant during shaving. [0047] In contrast, as shown in FIG. 3B, the moveable member 5 OB is in a second, open, position where the end of the movable member 50B is away from the body of the resilient member 42. In this position, when a normal force is applied to the outer surface of the blades 30 in a second direction, the blades 30 are configured to freely flex or bend the resilient element 42. In both of the aforementioned circumstances, when the force applied to the blades 30 is alleviated, the resilient element 42 urges the blades 30 in the first direction and against the housing 20. Further, the distance between the first initial and second final position defines an allowable range of movement of the resilient element (42). When the end of the moveable member (50B) is at its final second position and a normal force is applied to the outer surface of the blades, the blades (30) among with the resilient element (42) are moving downwardly relatively to the shaving plane. As a consequence, the position of the blades is lower compared to the position when the end of the moveable member (50B) is at the first position. The possibility of choosing the position of the end of the moveable member (50B) allows the adjustment of the position of the blades during shaving.

[0048] It is contemplated that any suitable securing means 26A, 26B may be implemented to secure the movable members 50A, 50B into place, including, but not limited to: a spring loaded ball-lock pin and corresponding recesses, a protrusion and matching cavities, or a frictional contact between the movable members 50 and the corresponding windows 60A, 60B of the housing 20. It is also contemplated that either one of the corresponding movable members 50A, 50B or windows 60A, 60B can have the ball lock/protrusion or cavities. For example, movable member 50B may have a protrusion and corresponding window 60B may have a cavity, or vice versa.

[0049] In the embodiment that has two movable members 50A, 50B on opposing sides of the shaving blade assembly 22, 24, the user should adjust each of the movable members 50A, 50B to be at the same securing position to achieve a uniform cutting performance. Adjusting the securing position can be done easily by applying pressure on the levers 52A, 52B of the movable members 50A, 50B, for example, a user can toggle each lever with their linger, to dislodge the securing means 42A, 42B and adjust the range of motion of the resilient element 42.

[0050] If a user desires to have a closer and more bold shave, they can adjust the levers 52A, 52B such that the blades 30 are effectively fixed. However, if a user desires a more sensitive and less bold shave, they can adjust the levers 52A, 52B to allow the resilient members 42 to move more freely.

[0051] FIG. 4 shows an alternative embodiment similar to the first embodiment of FIGS. 1-3. As such, discussion of similar elements having the same reference numerals will be omitted. In the alternative embodiment presented, stiffening means 70A, 70B are disposed in respective windows 60A, 60B of the shaving blade assembly 10. The stiffening means 70A, 70B may be adapted to interact with the movable members 50A, 50B and the housing 20. The stiffening means may be and interposed between the levers 52A, 52B of the movable members 50A, 50B and the housing 20, inside of the windows 60A, 60B. It is envisioned that the stiffening means 70A, 70B can be a spring, but any other suitable stiffening means can be used. The stiffening means 70A, 70B are adapted to push the movable members 50A, 50B to be in continuous contact with the resilient member 42.

[0052] In operation, when a normal force is applied to the outer surface of the blades 30 in a second direction (toward the inner cavity of the housing 20), which is opposite to the direction that the resilient element 42 is urging the blades 30, the blades 30 may be configured to flex or bend the resilient element 42. However, the combination of the movable member 50B and stiffening means 70A, 70B may be adapted to apply a reaction force on the resilient member 42 making it harder to achieve the same range of motion the resilient element 42 has when it is not in contact with the movable members 50A, 50B. Thus, increasing the stiffness k decreases the motion of the resilient member 42 in response to the shaving pressure, resulting in an aggressive shave; while decreasing the stiffness k increases the motion of the resilient member 42 in response to the shaving pressure, resulting in a more sensitive shave. As in the first embodiment, the shaving blade assembly 10 may further comprise securing means 26B to selectively hold each movable member 50A, 50B in at least one position, and in particular, in a position analogous to that illustrated in FIG. 3B, so that the ends of the movable members 50A, 50B are held out of contact with the resilient elements 42, and the resilient elements 42 can thus freely flex or bend under the blades 30, without being stiffened by the stiffening means 70.

[0053] It is envisioned that the stiffening means can be interchangeable. For example, if a user desires a more bold shave, they can insert a stiffening means with a high stiffness k. However, if the user desires to have a less bold shave, or for that matter, a sensitive shave, they may be able to remove or replace the stiffening means 70A, 70B with ones that have a lower stiffness k. In this embodiment the position of the blades (30) is variable during the shaving, since the hardness of the stiffening means (70A, 70B) is the feature that defines the downward movement of the blades relatively to the shaving plane.

[0054] It is also contemplated that the shaving blade assembly 10 is adapted to attach to a razor handle and maybe interchangeable, for example, when the blades become dull or damaged. However, it is also contemplated that the shaving blade assembly may be formed monolithically with a razor handle and can be used as a disposable razor.

[0055] Throughout the description, including the claims, the term "comprising a" should be understood as being synonymous with "comprising at least one" unless otherwise stated. In addition, any range set forth in the description, including the claims should be understood as including its end value(s) unless otherwise stated. Specific values for described elements should be understood to be within accepted manufacturing or industry tolerances known to one of skill in the art, and any use of the terms "substantially" and/or "approximately" and/or “generally” should be understood to mean falling within such accepted tolerances.

[0056] Although the present disclosure herein has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it is to be understood that these embodiments are merely illustrative of the principles and applications of the present disclosure. [0057] It is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope of the disclosure being indicated by the following claims.