Of course everybody is familiar with the electric razor and it has been a household staple for many years now, at least in homes that have men inside of them! There is no doubt that people still shave their face using the old school method of a manual razor and shaving cream or even a dangerous straight razor, however more and more people have begun using the electric version. Electric shavers are great because it eliminates the need for shaving cream, it’s a lot cleaner, using them is easy, and they provide for a really close and smooth shave every time. And that’s why we are here today, to talk about the history of electric shavers.
The first electric shaver was not invented until the late 1920’s. To be exact, a man named Jacob Schick, a Canadian, invented the electric shaver in the early half of 1920, then he filed for a patent on April 23, 1928, and finally received said patent on May 30, 1930. The reason for inventing an electric shaver was because Jacob was a very busy business man and often did not have time to wet shave with shaving cream, especially on a daily basis, therefore he was looking for a way to speed up the process, which of course he did when he came up with this great innovation. However his greatest reason for creating the electric razor was because he thought that if a man shaved cleanly everyday he could potentially live to the ripe old age of 120.
These early electric razors could only be used for dry shaving as the ability to combat water damage had not yet been developed. Furthermore these early electric razors were a type of electric razor that had blades which were exposed, making it fairly dangerous to use. Also the first electric razor invented by Jacob Schick was very big and bulky. It actually required two hands to operate and often ended up giving people severe cuts. Even though the first electric razor invented by Jacob Schick was not ideal, by 1937, the same year he passed away, he had sold over one and a half million of them at 25 dollars per razor, making him a very wealthy man.
The Next Steps
The next step in the history of the electric razor was taken by The Remington Brand Corporation which produced their own electric razor in 1937. This Remington brand razor was much more effective at giving a closer shave than the earlier version invented by Jacob Schick. Remington has since then been one of the leading contributors to the manufacturing of electric razors.
One of the main contributions that Remington made with their first and subsequent electric razors was the foil screen. In other words Remington Razors used a small foil screen that was places between the blades and the face to provide for a safer and more comfortable shave. These foil type razors would become standard and some of the most widely used shaving tools around. Also their version of the electric razor could be easily used with one hand, yet another improvement over the original.
Philips Introduces The Rotary Razor
In 1939 came the next step in the evolution of the electric razor and involved a change in the make of it. In 1939 the Philips Company, another company centered around male grooming products, decided to introduce the rotary electric razor. A rotary electric razor had a set of 2 spinning or vibrating blades that were circular. This differed great from the foil type razor which was bulkier and where the blades were set in a rectangle formation. The main advantage of the Philips’ rotary blade electric shaver was that it was smaller, as well the placement of the blades allowed men to shave in places where previous razors could not reach well. Later on in 1966 Philips added a third set of spinning blades to create a triangle formation that would make it even easier to shave.
The Cordless Revolution
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the cordless electric shaver began to take hold on the greater public and people were quite happy with it. Having batteries or even rechargeable batteries made the electric razor much more portable than before. In fact Remington and Philips were some of the first to make this innovation.
Flexibility & Better Batteries
It wasn’t until the 1990’s hen the next innovation was made in terms of electric razors, that being the addition of flexible and moving razor heads that provided for a much closer shave more akin to a wet shave. Around this time the major electric razor producers also started creating and adding much better batteries to the cordless versions to make their longevity much better.
The next evolutionary step of the electric razor saw these tools become water proof, meaning that people could wet shave with an electric razor. As well they could be cleaned under running water and later with a special self cleaning tool that used water.
The Final Step
The last evolution of the electric razor saw Braun come out with a razor that had 4 special cutting elements, each designed for a specific purpose; one for flat hairs, one for curly hairs, and 2 for providing a close finish.