First Gillette razor

There are very few products that are designed, that are revolutionary and that transforms the section of the market place that they are in. but the Gillette safety razor is indeed one such product.  this product was the first, the beginning, the big bang in mens shaving if you will. mens shaving first came around in the 1600″s with a straight open edge blade and nothing much had changed till the 1990″s. There was a type of shaver that had an enclosed blade but they had to be stropped daily and regularly sharpened. it was king camp Gillett who knew that what was needed was a thin, sharp, cheaply produced blade, therefore to create the disposable razor. although when he went about to make his newly invented razor he was met at every turn by manufacture who said no such blade could be made. but this didn’t stop until Gillette and finally found a man would attempt to  try and solve the problem,William Nickerson. the rest of the story is what they call history. Gillette  on to set up one of the largest and well known multinational company in the world.

sure modern razors are much more sleek and efficient than the original razor. but this was the first of its kind and was unlike anything that went before. exactly how many products can say that. It should be every designers aim to equal the feat of Gillette and design a product that is original solves the problem in its category.


About davidrjflash

i"m a product design student currently studying in letterkenny.

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