- Hardcover: 311 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316009377
- ISBN-13: 978-0316009379
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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King C. Gillette, the man and his wonderful shaving device Hardcover – 1978
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If you want to read all about the business and technology surrounding the history of blades, this is the book for you.
Oddly, however, the book is rather bereft of much of the history of the safety razor between the open-comb New and the Trac II. The Super Speed gets briefly mentioned only twice, as appearing in early television advertisements; and the adjustable is mentioned only because Schick advertised how "dangerous" the adjustable was. Yet the omission of the development of the one-piece (TTO) razor is particularly glaring, when we read "Researchers had developed a razor-blade dispenser that did away with paper wrappings and promised to help thwart the strong competition from the Schick injector razor." (p. 201) Well, that new dispenser is specifically designed to work with the TTO razor, so to leave out the development of that razor in tandem with the dispenser is inexcusable.Read more ›
As other reviewers have said, the book barely discuss the various razors Gillette manufactured. The history of Gillette Blades is the over-riding narrative to the book overlaid against what went on in boardroom and in some of the factories.
Very disappointing and not particularly well written. As a wet shaving hobbyist, I was left with the feeling "is that all there is?"