The modern razor has been continuously evolving for over a century.
From single-blade safety razors to five-blade cartridges, The Art of Shaving has created a collection of razors to suit the needs of even the most discerning gentleman. The Perfect Shave® awaits.
History & Tradition
The Evolution of an
Essential Grooming Tool
The Evolution of an Essential Grooming Tool Credit for the first person to devise a safer razor is typically given to Jean-Jacques Perret. In the late 18th century, Perret was inspired by a joiner’s plane, a tool used for shaping wood that securely holds a blade in place. His razor design included a shielding to prevent the user from cutting himself.
Throughout the 19th century, dozens of patents emerged for razors designed to shield the blade and protect the user, most of which were variants and evolutions of Perret’s initial design.
In 1901, King Camp Gillette invented what most closely resembles the modern safety razor, featuring a double-edged blade held between top and bottom shields. Gillette was an innovator in that the blades were easily disposable, ensuring that the user was shaving with a sharp blade. Similarly, Safety Razors today carry disposable blades and do not need to be stropped to maintain an edge.
In 1971, Gillette introduced the first cartridge razor known as the Trac II. This razor featured removable double-blade cartridges that were snapped into place on a permanent razor. Since that time, cartridge blades have evolved in many ways and have featured pivoting heads, moisture strips, wire guards, vibrating handles, and more blades for an increasingly close shave. Learn more about blades below.
Types of Razors
The cartridge razor is available in a variety of styles and is used with disposable cartridges of three or five blades.
The straight razor is artfully constructed and carries a rich history. Visit our straight razor page to learn more.
Safety razors include a disposable double-edged blade for control and a close shave.
Types of Blades
High performance 5 blade shaving system with advanced low resistance coating to increase glide. Features micro comb, blade stabilizer, snow plow comfort guard with channels, precision trimmer and back pivoting head.
High performance 5 blade shaving system with advanced low resistance coating to increase glide. Features blade stabilizer, snow plow comfort guard with channels, precision trimmer and back pivoting head.
Gilette Fusion® Power
Advanced five-blade system featuring TUT coating for use with a power handle. Includes flexible comfort guard, precision trimmer, microcomb and pivoting head.
Gilette Fusion® Manual
Five-blade razor with a shaving surface to help reduce pressure and help minimize nicks and cuts. Features microfin flexible comfort guard, precision trimmer and pivoting head.
Gilette Mach 3 Turbo®
Three blades progressively set to extend gradually closer with every stroke. Features microfins and pivoting head.
Gilette Body Cartridge Refill Pack
Three blades are positioned progressively to extend gradually closer with every stroke. The comfort guard with lubra strips contacts skin before the blades to smooth out skin and help improve glide.
Gillette Double Edge Platinum
High quality stainless steel blade with platinum coating to help minimize blade imperfections.
Merkur Safety Blade
Specially crafted stainless steel blade with unique blade edge for detailed shaving.
Master Your Shaving Technique
Achieving a close, comfortable shave is as much about the tools you use as the technique. Here are some tips to help you minimize nicks and cuts and irritation.
Prepare Your Skin
If possible, shave after a hot shower. Begin with a Pre-Shave Oil or Gel to help protect your skin and soften your beard
Lather up with a quality shaving cream and badger hair shaving brush. The brush helps lift the beard and exfoliate the skin.
Dip a clean, sharp blade in hot water, and shave with the grain of your beard. Do not apply too much pressure—a sharp blade and well-balanced razor will do the work for you. If a closer shave is desired, lather up again and shave across or against the grain.
After shaving, rinse with cold water and apply After-Shave Balm or Lotion to soothe, refresh and regenerate your skin. Avoid after-shaves that contain alcohol; these can irritate and dry out the skin.