Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The first safety razor?

Pulling a dragnet across the web brings up some interesting tidbits now and then, and the 1762 Perrett's safety razor is one of them.

By placing a wooden guard around an ordinary straight razor, in such a manner that only a sliver of the edge protruded, you were at least sure not to slice your ear or nose off while shaving. Still a far cry from the more modern DE and SE razors, but from what I can tell it was the very first babystep towards the razors we know and love. The basic idea was copied and expanded upon for the next hundred or so years.

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