About Gillette

history of shaving

history of shaving

1900
PROTOTYPE

King C. Gillette has the revolutionary idea of disposable blades so thin and so strong they were deemed impossible to forge by MIT-trained scientists. By 1901, he’d proven them wrong with his breakthrough innovation.

1920
NEW AND IMPROVED

Gillette® set out to create the first mechanical innovation since the creation of the company—to make the blade angle more accurate and improve the grip, as well as the opening and closing adjustments. The first “instrument of precision.”

1957
ADJUSTABLE

The first adjustable razor with three settings was introduced—for light, medium, and heavy beards. Over time more settings were added, totaling nine. This was the company’s first distinctly mechanical effort at making a razor “share the work” of adjusting the blade angle to the face.

1965
TECHMATIC

This was the first system razor with a ‘continuous band,’ spooled and retractable. It meant that the user would no longer have to touch the blade. This design was a highly stylized evolution of the original Techmatic, which had been a Gillette staple razor for over 30 years; an expression of the industrial design experimentation of the era.

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1971
TRAC II®

Gillette® produces the Trac II®, the first twin-blade shaving system.

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1977
ATRA®

Gillette introduces the Atra/Contour system, the first twin-blade shaving cartridge with a pivoting head, which allows the blades to better follow the contours of the face for a closer shave.

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1985
ATRA PLUS®

Gillette launches the Atra Plus/Contour Plus—the first razor with a lubricating strip.

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1990
SENSOR®

Gillette launches Sensor®—the first razor with twin blades individually mounted on highly responsive springs that automatically adjust to the contours of every face.

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1998
MACH3®

Gillette breaks the performance barrier with the MACH3®, the first 3-blade technology, for an even smoother, closer shave.

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2006
FUSIONTM

Gillette Fusion® razors debut in Manual and Power versions. They feature five blades and beat the MACH3 on every attribute, providing Gillette’s closest and most comfortable shave ever.

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2014
BODY®

Gillette changes the landscape of manscaping with the first razor built for the male terrain—GILLETTE BODY™.

Fusion Proglide with Flexball Technology

2014
FUSION PROGLIDE®WITH
FLEXBALL TECHNOLOGY

Gillette Fusion Proglide® with FlexBall™ Technology Razor is the next evolution in our shaving revolution—a pivoting razor built to maximize contact with every contour of a man’s face.