Schick razors have been around for quit some time, and if you are a hobbyist, it’s quite possible you have at least one Schick injector in your den. The history of Schick is an interesting one, and one I hope to explore a little in today’s post.
Evidence of female hair removal can be traced to the stone ages and ancient Egypt/Rome. Depilatories, beeswax, and shells were used to remove hair primarily for purposes relative to cleanliness (Cerini, 2020). Other ancient societies correlated the appearance of smooth skin with symbols of status and purity (Cerini, 2020). Even Darwin is cited as associating body hair with primitive ancestry and a lack in evolutional development; theorizing that a smaller amount of body hair is derived from notions of evolutional superiority (Cerini, 2020). What a tangled hairy web we weave, Darwin.
It’s quite possible you have not heard about Frederick, Richard, and Otto Kampfe despite their innovations and success in the shaving industry. The three brothers immigrated to the United States from Saxony Germany. The two youngest brothers immigrated in 1872, shortly after the end of the Franco-Prussian war. It is not known when the oldest brother, Frederick, immigrated to the United States. It’s possible that at the time the brother immigrated that they had already spent several years as apprentice cutlers in Germany. After coming to the United States, they settled in New York City and started a cutlery business.
If you have been around the hobby for a little bit, or searched eBay for vintage shaving gear, it’s quite possible you have come across a shaving puck of Burma-Shave, or a mug with the logo on it. With what one finds on eBay, it would make sense that the original Burma-Shave product was a traditional shave soap that employed a brush to create a lather. That could not be further from the truth.
The Gillette Toggle is considered by some the holy grail of vintage razors. Some may be asking what makes the Toggle (or the Super Adjustable as it was known) so desired? That is due to the unique way in which the doors open to insert a blade and the limited production run.