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Collection of Modern Safety Razors - Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette M3Power, Mach3 Turbo Champion, Schick Quattro Chrome, Schick Quattro Power, Gillette Mach3, Gillette Sensor, Schick Xtreme3, Schick Xtreme SubZero, and Schick Xtreme3 Disposables
Collection of Modern Safety Razors - Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette M3Power, Mach3 Turbo Champion, Schick Quattro Chrome, Schick Quattro Power, Gillette Mach3, Gillette Sensor, Schick Xtreme3, Schick Xtreme SubZero, and Schick Xtreme3 Disposables

A razor is an edge tool primarily used in shaving. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (889x844, 164 KB)My collection of Safety Razors I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (889x844, 164 KB)My collection of Safety Razors I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The Gillette Fusion is a safety razor by Gillette and released in 2006. ... The Gillette Mach3, introduced in 1998, was the first mass-produced three-bladed manual razor. ... The Gillette Mach3, introduced in 1998, was the first mass-produced three-bladed manual razor. ... The Gillette Mach3, introduced in 1998, was the first mass-produced three-bladed manual razor. ... This article is about a tool used as a piece of equipment. ... A man shaving using a cut-throat razor (also known as a straight razor). ...

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Early razors

Razors have been identified from Bronze Age Britain. These were made of bronze and were generally oval in shape, with a small tang protruding from one of the short ends. There is no certain truth about this, but there might be a possible simple form of the razor that originated from some parts of former Europe. The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... Assorted ancient Bronze castings found as part of a cache, probably intended for recycling. ...


Straight razors (also called cut-throat razors because of their potential lethality) with open steel blades were the most commonly used razors before the 20th century. However, they are now chiefly used by barbers. A DOVO straight razor Straight razor is the name given to a reusable knife blade used for shaving hair. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... A boy visiting a barber A barber (from the Latin barba, beard) is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair, give shaves, and trim beards. ...


Safety razor

Main article: safety razor
Drawing from Gillette safety razor patent #775,134
Drawing from Gillette safety razor patent #775,134

The first 'safety' razor, a razor where the skin is protected from all but the very edge of the blade, was invented in the late 18th Century by a Frenchman, Jean-Jacques Perret, who was inspired by the joiner's plane. Marketed as "the best available shaving method on the market that won’t cut a user, like straight steel razors." the first American safety razor was released in 1875 by the Kampfe Brothers. In 1901, the American inventor King Camp Gillette, with the assistance of William Nickerson, invented a safety razor with disposable blades. Gillette realized that a profit could be made by selling a razor with inexpensive disposable blades. This has been called the Razor and blades business model, or a "loss leader", and has become a very common practice for a wide variety of products. Occams Razor or Hanlons razor A razor is a an edge tool (primarily, used in shaving). ... Image File history File links US_Patent_775134. ... Image File history File links US_Patent_775134. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... A Japanese plane in use A plane is a tool for shaping wood. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... King C. Gillette King Camp Gillette (January 5, 1855 – July 9, 1932) was an American businessman, popularly, but incorrectly, known as the inventor of the safety razor. ... The razor and blades business model (also called the bait and hook model or the tied products model) works by selling a master product at a subsidised price, and making the profit on high margin consumables that are essential to the use of the master product. ... In marketing, a loss leader is an item that is sold below cost in an effort to stimulate other profitable sales. ...


Straight razors

Main article: Straight razor

Straight razors consist of a semi or full hollow-ground blade sharpened on one edge. The blade can be made of either stainless steel, which is slow to hone and strop but dulls more slowly, or high-carbon steel, which hones and strops quickly but requires it more often, and will rust if neglected. At present, stainless-steel razors are easy to find but expensive; carbon-steel razors are nearly as expensive but quite difficult to find (Cutlery shops will often tell a customer that carbon-steel razors are no longer made, when they are actually available for sale on the Internet). A DOVO straight razor Straight razor is the name given to a reusable knife blade used for shaving hair. ...


The blade rotates on a pin through its tang between two protective pieces called scales: when folded into the scales, the blade is protected from accidental damage, and the user is protected from accidental injury. Handle scales are made of various materials, including mother-of-pearl, celluloid, bone, plastic and wood. They were once made of ivory, but this has been discontinued, though fossil ivory is still used occasionally, and antique razors with ivory scales are occasionally found.


Advantages are the excellent quality of the shave that one can obtain from them, reduced razor burn, acne, and other skin blemishes due to the exfoliating effect, and many enjoy the challenge of mastering a skill that yields these results. Now with the advent of the less capable safety razor and far less capable cartridge razor, this is no longer an art passed down from generation to generation. Disadvantages include possible cuts due to slips, and the constant maintenance by honing and stropping the razor.


The electric razor (also known as the electric dry shaver) is a common electrical shaving device with a rotating or oscillating blade. The electric razor does not require the use of shaving cream, soap, or water. The razor is powered by a small DC motor, and usually has rechargeable batteries, though early ones were powered directly by house current. Some very early mechanical shavers had no electric motor and had to be powered by hand, for example by pulling a cord to drive a flywheel. Rotating magnetic field as a sum of magnetic vectors from 3 phase coils An electric motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. ... Rechargeable batteries are batteries that can be restored to full charge by the application of electrical energy. ...


It 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 electric razor. It has a shaving head consisting of cutters that cut off the hair entering the head of the razor at skin level. A Remington Rand branded typewriter Remington Rand was an early American computer manufacturer, best known as the original maker of the UNIVAC I, and now part of Unisys. ... Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ...


Early versions of electric razors were meant to be used on dry skin only. More recent electric razors have been designed which allow for shaving cream and moisture.

Manual Beard Clipper.
Manual Beard Clipper.

Some of the modern styles of electric hair clippers include the bulk hair clippers which are used to remove a bulk of the hair being shaved, the main hair clippers on which guards are attached to achieve a perfect length all over the head and the mini clippers which are used to trim the edges of the hair cut. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2432x2072, 173 KB) Own, Alan J Truhan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2432x2072, 173 KB) Own, Alan J Truhan. ...


Other razors

A single-edge razor blade is manufactured to emulate double-edge disposable shaving blades, for various applications where the blade is required to be hand-held. Unlike double-edge blades, single-edge blades have only one sharp edge, usually having a reinforced back edge with no sharpness at all. In addition, they are often a more rigid steel and much thicker, as well as being less sharp (but with much sharper non-rounded corners). They are used in carpentry for detailed work, sanding, and scraping (in a specialized holder), in mechanical drawing for paper cutting, in plumbing and finish work for grouting and cleaning, for removing paint from flat surfaces such as panes of glass, and in many other applications. Razors are also sometimes used in bread production to slash the surface of an unbaked loaf; in this usage, they are referred to using the French word lamé. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... A lamé with plastic handle. ...


A utility knife is a common tool used in grocery stores and other places. Such a knife generally consists of a simple and cheap holder, typically flat, approximately one inch wide and three to four inches long, and typically made of either metal or plastic. Some use standard razor blades, others specialized double ended blades or snap-off blades. An X-Acto brand knife, a type of utility knife, is smaller and more precise and usually used for arts and crafts. Disassembled, blade partly retracted Utility knife A utility knife or box cutter is a common tool used in various trades and crafts for a variety of purposes. ... The most common type of X-acto knife, with No. ...


A potato peeler is a metal blade attached to a metal, plastic or wooden handle that is used for peeling vegetables, usually potatoes. A potato peeler A potato peeler is a metal blade attached to a metal, plastic or wooden handle that is used for peeling vegetables, usually potatoes. ...


Razor wire is a mesh of metal strips with sharp edges whose purpose it is to prevent passage by human beings. Razor wire is sharper than the barbs of barbed wire, though not as sharp as a true razor. Image:Scheermes-prikkeldraad. ... A selection of forms of barbed wire. ...


See also

Comprehensive guide to shaving with a safety razor A man shaving using a cut-throat razor (also known as a straight razor). ... A man with a full beard A beard is the hair that grows on a mans chin, cheeks, neck, and the area above the upper lip (the opposite is a clean-shaven face). ... Modern bearded adult. ... A boy visiting a barber A barber (from the Latin barba, beard) is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair, give shaves, and trim beards. ... Species Sus barbatus Sus bucculentus Sus cebifrons Sus celebensis Sus domesticus Sus heureni Sus philippensis Sus salvanius Sus scrofa Sus timoriensis Sus verrucosus Pigs are ungulates native to Eurasia collectively grouped under the genus Sus within the Suidae family. ... Shaven female legs Leg shaving is the practice of removing leg hair using a razor. ... King C. Gillette King Camp Gillette (January 5, 1855 – July 9, 1932) was an American businessman, popularly, but incorrectly, known as the inventor of the safety razor. ... This is a chronological list of inventions. ... Braun washable CruZer3 razor Braun GmbH (German pronunciation: brown) is a German consumer products company known for its clean industrial designs. ... DOVO Solingen, or DOVO Steelware, or DOVO, is a independent German company based in Solingen that manufactures high-quality hair and thinning scissors, open razors and wet shavers, shaving equipment, household and professional scissors, skin and nail scissors, cuticle and nail nippers, and manicure sets. ... The Gillette brand logo The Gillette Company (NYSE: G) was founded by King C. Gillette in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer. ... Wilkinson Sword is the name given to a brand of mens shaving equipment. ... Bic Corporation is a company based in Clichy, France, founded in 1945, best known for making inexpensive disposable products including cigarette lighters, magnets, ballpoint pens, and shaving razors. ... Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... A Remington Rand branded typewriter Remington Rand was an early American computer manufacturer, best known as the original maker of the UNIVAC I, and now part of Unisys. ... The HeadBlade is a head shaving razor. ... Aegean civilization is a general term for the Bronze Age civilizations of Greece and the Aegean. ... William of Ockham Occams razor (also spelled Ockhams razor) is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. ... East Cambridgeshire is a local government district in Cambridgeshire, England. ...


Beginning safety-razor shaving kit


Figurative uses

A boat or ship made of metal is sometimes said to be "made into razor blades" after it has been scrapped. A boat is a craft or vessel designed to float on, and provide transport over, water. ... Italian Full rigged ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large watercraft capable of deep water navigation. ... Ship breaking or ship demolition involves breaking up of ships for scrap. ...


References


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    Occam's razor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5204 words)
    Occam's razor (also spelled Ockham's razor) is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham (Guilhelmi Ockam and Guillermi de Ockam in Latin [1]).
    Occam's razor states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating, or "shaving off," those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory.
    Ockham's Razor, an essay at The Galilean Library on the historical and philosophical implications by Paul Newall.
    Razor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1057 words)
    Plastic disposable razors and razors with replaceable disposable blade attachments, often with two or three cutting edges (but sometimes with four and as of recently, five cutting edges), are in common use today.
    Razor wire is a mesh of metal strips with sharp edges whose purpose it is to prevent passage by human beings.
    Razor wire is sharper than the barbs of barbed wire, though not as sharp as a true razor.
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