Beards have gone in and out of tread since the beginning of time. For those, who wished to remove their facial hair, they would use a tool to do so, and these tools were known as the face razor. Many people remove their facial hair for different reasons. Either for their religion, because it looks unhygienic and unclean; as a symbol of strength; as a sign of divinity; or simply for convenience. Facial hair was either removed for cultural preferences or as a choice.
The first face razors date back to 30,000 BC. These were not like the face razors and electric shavers that we were familiar with nowadays. The early men used clamshells as a way of plucking hair keeping the face free of hair. Although it was not much of a shaving machine, archaeologists still considered it to be a face razor.
Around 3,000 BC, copper was found and used to craft various tools. Copper gradually lead to the making of copper face razer. These copper face razers were first seen in Ancient Egypt and India.
1,500 – 1,200 BC
Between 1,500 – 1,200 BC bronze took over copper. As it was easy to mould, many elaborate designed face razors surfaced. One such razor was the Scandinavian face razor with horse-shaped handles.
The 18th century
The 18th century introduced a set of face razors known as the straight razors. These straight razors were first manufactured in Sheffield, England. Barbers would clean shave using a straight razor, or you could shave at home. After the introduction of straight razors, barbers saw a drop of 50% in their revenue as many opted to shave independently.
Around the year 1875, safety razors came into the scene. These razors were patented by the brothers Frederick and Otto Kampfe. The safety razor was essential as the straight razor except it would have a clamp mechanism to hold in the blade, thus making it safer.
This was the year when King Camp Gillette invented the double-edged safety razor which would put his company, Gillette at the forefront of razors. These razors had two blades at either end which were disposable. The double-edged safety razor became famous as it was part of the shaving kit that was given out to soldiers who participated in World War I.
In 2006, Gillette, the giant of face razors released an electric shaver. This shaving machine had five blades that would come to be known as the five-blade fusion. This shaving machine ran on batteries and made travelling with them easier. As they were not made of disposable blades, the five-blade fusion stood above others for its longevity.
Richor, the beard trimmer, was different from its competitors. It came with a set of rechargeable batteries, and it could be used while being plugged it. The cord that was attached to this beard trimmer will never tangle which made it best for convenience. The beard trimmer also came with different heads that could be used for different purposes. These heads were the nose trimmer, precise trimmer, rotary brush, and the rotary shaver. The nose trimmer was designed for trimming nose hair, the precision trimmer helps design and groom the beard, the rotary brush will clean the tiny bits of hair after shaving, and the rotary shaver will help you achieve even shave without having to worry about stroke and form. This electric shaver revolutionized the way men shaved. Whether beards were in trend on not, this electric shaver had a solution for every trend.
Shaving machines have evolved throughout the times to fit in with the circumstance and culture. Initially, men did not need to shave but through the necessity to get rid of one’s facial hair birthed the face razor. If you were to use the older razors without applying water to your face, you would easily scrape your skin off the bone. However, with technological advancements, we do not need to wet or face or learn the different strokes that we would need to follow through the outline of our face.