the history of straight razor and electric razor
"Sir, better use this electric razor..."said Mr Annoying Orange to Papa Danbo..
warghh!!..nothing to do this week..woke up..eat..n...sleep...study?...errmmm..haha...
so today, i managed to snap picture of my Dando with my electric razor..suddenly i think it is better if i can show the difference between the manual/disposable razor n the electric razor....so that we can see the story of the picture...: )
i found the history of the razor @wikipedia (just copy n paste)
Straight razors were the most common form of shaving before the 20th century and remained that common in many countries until the 1950s.Barbers
were specially trained to give customers a thorough and quick shave, and a collection of straight razors ready for use was a common sight in most barbershops. Barbers still have them, but they use them less often.
Straight razors eventually fell out of fashion. Their first challenger was manufactured by King C. Gillette
: a double-edged safety razor with replaceable blades. Gillette's idea was the use of the "loss leader
" concept, in which the razors were sold at a loss, but the replacement blades earned a high margin and provided continuous sales. They provided a less effective shave,
yet were immensely successful due to advertising campaigns and slogans denigrating the straight razor's effectiveness and questioning its safety.
These new safety razors did not require any serious tutelage to use.
The blades were extremely hard to sharpen, and were meant to be thrown away after one use, and rusted quickly if not discarded. They also required a smaller initial investment, though they cost more over time. Despite its long-term advantages, the straight razor lost significant market share. And as shaving became less intimidating and men began to shave themselves more, the demand for barbers providing straight razor shaves decreased.
Around 1960, stainless steel
blades which could be used more than once became available, reducing the cost of safety-razor shaving. The first such blades were made by the Wilkinson
firm, famous maker of ceremonial swords, in Sheffield. Soon Gillette, Schick
, and other manufacturers were making stainless-steel blades.
The first electric razor was patented in 1928 by the American manufacturer Col. Jacob Schick
. The Remington Rand
Corporation developed the electric razor further, first producing the Remington brand of razor in 1937. Another important inventor was Prof. Alexandre Horowitz
, from Philips
Laboratories in the Netherlands
, who invented the very successful concept of the revolving (rotary) electric razor. It has a shaving head consisting of cutters that cut off the hair entering the head of the razor at skin level. The major manufacturers introduce new improvements to the hair cutting mechanism of their products each few years. Each manufacturer sells several different generations of cutting mechanism at the same time, and for each generation, several models with different features and accessories to reach various price points. The improvements to the cutting mechanisms tend to 'trickle-down' to lower priced models over time.
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