it all began: "the History of Shaving"
The original idea of shaving is not clearly dated
in history. The oldest razor is from prehistoric times.
With some imagination you will see that in all probability
it was used to remove facial stubble. There are also
two crescent-shaped blades made of metal that were classified
as shaving instruments.
An important point in the history of shaving
was the invention by Jean-Jacques Perret of a straight
razor with a safety guard over the blade. In 1770 he
published a book that among other things showed a straight
razor the blade of which was protected at the top and
side with a wooden guard. Now it would be possible for
every man to use an instrument for shaving without making
their faces a bloody battlefield! Perrets apparatus
was the predecessor of the safety razor by nearly a
hundred years .
The American inventor King Camp Gillette had,
at the beginning of the 20th century, an idea for making
disposable blades which would be manufactured from very
thin steel sheets. These stamped disposable blades,
which needed no sharpening by the user, were quickly
distributed throughout the world, especially by the
American soldiers who were fighting in Europe during
world war 1. From that introduction came hundreds of
firms which got involved in blade making.
A tough market of competitive blade makers arose,
using all sorts of names, different brand names and
blade shapes. Only a few companies survived this hard
rivalry and after their disappearance, thousands of
blades in the small, beautifully shaped changed wrappers
became very collectible objects.
These disposable blades were very successful.
In a short time some inspired businessmen began earning
a lot of money from the sale of these blades. They advertised
heavily in many areas such as sport locations greatly
boosting the sale of Stroppers and Sharpeners. A considerable
new market source grew which brought about a wealth
of models as well as a many new manufacturing methods
and thousands of new patents. Today there are not many
new razors or blades invented and introduced to the
world market of razors. But the beautiful old razors
and blades created a very fascinating and large field