Ex parte CAMPO et al. - Page 14

                    Appeal No. 96-3555                                                                                                                                    
                    Application No. 08/297,021                                                                                                                            


                              51.  A method of manufacturing a razor blade having a                                                                                       
                    plurality of openings therein which includes the steps of:                                                                                            
                    providing a holding fixture having a pair of rods each having one                                                                                     
                    end fixed to an end support surface and one end free; stacking a                                                                                      
                    plurality of blades on said fixture with the rods extending                                                                                           
                    through the blade openings such that the blade edges are                                                                                              
                    substantially at right angles to a continuous path of move-                                                                                           
                              supporting the blades on the rods such that the blades are                                                                                  
                    free to riffle under fluid pressure directed against the blade                                                                                        
                              moving the stack of blades along the continuous path through                                                                                
                    a pre-wash station, a wash station, a rinse station and a final                                                                                       
                    rinse station with the end support surface foremost during the                                                                                        
                    blade movement;                                                                                                                                       
                              applying a liquid to the stack of blades at each of the pre-                                                                                
                    wash, wash, rinse and final rinse stations, the application of                                                                                        
                    liquid being directed at an angle and pressure to cause riffling                                                                                      
                    of the blades within the stack of blades;                                                                                                             
                              providing the non-contaminated water for said application at                                                                                
                    the final rinse station;                                                                                                                              
                              circulating the applied water from the final rinse station                                                                                  
                    to the rinse station for said application at the rinse station;                                                                                       
                              circulating the applied water from the rinse station to the                                                                                 
                    pre-wash station for said application at the pre-wash station.                                                                                        


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