Razor Blades (Preservation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the numerous complaints of the shortage of razor blades and the inferiority of the steel used, he will publicise the fact that daily honing in a tumbler of hot water before and after use will make the blades last from six to 10 times as long.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I am very grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend for giving publicity to this interesting method of lengthening the life of razor blades, and I hope that many people will try it.

Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

While thanking the Minister for his satisfactory reply, may I ask him if he is aware that I had a letter last week from an admiral who has used one blade for 11 months and a telegram from a technician who has used two blades in three years, the first having been accidentally broken?

Photo of Mr Samuel Adams Mr Samuel Adams , Leeds West

May I ask whether this admiral might be bearded, and whether it is the case that this alleged miracle is scientifically established?

Photo of Mr Thomas Magnay Mr Thomas Magnay , Gateshead

Would the Minister make it possible to get hot water?

Photo of Colonel Sir John Jarvis Colonel Sir John Jarvis , Guildford

Will the right hon. Gentleman disseminate this information to the troops, as there is no doubt that it is correct?