Schick Razors: A Brief History

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Schick Razors: A Brief History

 

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.

 

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Schick retired from the military in 1910, but returned to service at the start of World War I.

 

During his break from military service, Colonel Schick staked mining claims in Alaska and British Columbia. One winter he had a severely sprained ankle that kept him in camp for several months, alone. During that time, he noticed that he had a difficult time shaving in the cold. He then came up with an idea for a dry razor that would allow him, and others, to shave without water or lather. He attempted to generate interest in this razor, but found no luck. He abandoned this idea to pursue other ideas.

 

In 1921 Colonel Schick invented the Magazine Repeating Razor (or Type A). This razor was heavily inspired by the army’s repeating riffle. The blades were stored in the handle and loaded when the head was flipped down and a blade inserted into the head of the razor. The head could then be flipped perpendicular to the body for a shave. The Type A went into production in 1926.

 

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In 1927, Colonel Schick sold all of his interests in the Magazine Repeating Razor Company to the president of the American Chain and Cable Company so he could pursue his newly invented electric razor. During this time, the first injector razor was created, the Type D, or the Schick Injector Razor. This has a traditional T shape and an external injector, or key system.

 

Schick-Injector-Safety-Razor 

The company was then acquired by Eversharp, Inc. in 1946 and renamed the company Schick Safety Razor Company. However, the American Chain and Cable Company continued to produce the razors for Schick until 1958 when Schick set up their own manufacturing facility in Connecticut.

 

Schick became the first company to sell stainless steel blades coated in Teflon and where also the first to successfully deposit a thin layer of chromium onto the blade, which made the blades more durable.

 

Dating Schick razors is not as easy as dating vintage Gillette razors. When the bakelite handles were introduced in 1936, the outward appearance of the razors changed very little until the mid-1950’s. A brief updating and restyling period lasted until the late 1960’s, then very little changed until the late 1990’s. Due to the long periods of little change, and a lack of serial numbers, it is more difficult to date Schick injectors. While specific dates are difficult to determine, Schick did use manufacturing codes since the 1960s. The plastic cases produced since the 1950’s have dates built into the manufacturing codes.

 

Here is a table that describes the various types of Schick razors, the packaging and head/handle design.

 

Type/Trade Name/Years Made

Description

Variations

Packaging

Head

Handle

Guard/Blade

Type A


Magazine Repeating Razor


1926 to 1927

The first safety razor made my Col. Jacob Schick new company, The Magazine Repeating Razor Co.

Packaging: Long narrow white cardboard box with included blade magazine and instructions

Folding Head

 

Alloy tube handle with 8 grooves and vented cap

 

Smooth bar guard

Type B

 

Magazine Repeating Razor

 

1927 to 1932

 

3 basic models:

 

B1: Silver plate handle, no cap.

B2: Gold plate no cap.

B3: Sterling silver, several patterns, with cap.

 

Packaging: B1: narrow white box and leather sheath.
B2: rectangular clam shell case
B3: rectangular clam shell case (longer than B2).

 

Folding Head

 

Square handle, finely grooved, gold or silver plate. No cap.

 

Some sterling silver with cap.

 

Smooth Bar or Closed Comb guard

 

Type C

 

The Simplified Schick Automatic Razor

 

1933 - 1941

 

Simplified loading mechanism did away with the difficult spring plug.

 

Came in 3 models:

 

C1: full open comb guard,

C2: closed comb guard, and

C3: bar guard (the rarest version)

 

Package: narrow white box with blue trim.

 

Folding Head.

 

Square, gold plated, filigree design, usually with cap.

 

Open Comb, Closed comb, or Smooth Bar Guard

 

Type D

 

Schick Injector Razor

 

1935

The first Schick Injector Razor.

 

Used an external blade injector.

 

Head opened to clean the blade.

 

Case: was a maroon bakelite box with a "wax seal" type logo on top.

 

Traditional Head. Flat square spring, moveable with handle.

 

Scissors type split metal gold plated handle.

 

Bar Guard with irregular striations.

 

Type E

 

Schick Injector Razor

Deluxe Model

 

1935 to 1945

First Schick with amber bakelite handle. Head form that was used up to 1954. Variations based on handle & head finish.

 

E1: Flat Head spring with tabs


E2: Round spring with flaps

Spring moved left to open the blade clamp for washing.

 

Package: a black bakelite box (like D), or gold and red cardboard box.

 

E2 to E5: spring fixed in place at sides.

E3: bar guard gets parallel grooving

E4: Side flaps removed from spring

E5: Rarely seen with black handle.

 

Packaging: Domed leather over metal clam shell in:  brown (common) with 20-year guarantee, blue (scarce) likely WW2 Navy issue or red (rarest) always WW2 armed forces.

 

Various cardboard boxes (blue is common)

 

Bakelite case in black or brown (Canada)

 

Traditional Head. Round spring, side flaps, (early: flat with tabs). Right side spring restraint or restraints on both sides.

 

Carmel Bakelite Handle.

 

Bar Guard with irregular striations.

 

Type F

 

The New Improved Schick Injector Razor

 

1940 to 1941

 

Cast alloy handle also forms guard.

 

Spring and cap integral, of brass.

 

Package: unique black folding plastic art deco case with blade vault.

 

Copper and Alloy Head, Integral spring. Cast alloy handle.

 

Bar Guard with irregular striations.

 

Type G

 

Eversharp-Schick Injector Razor

 

1946 to 1955

Eversharp Shick Injector Razors:

 

G1: molded plastic handle (seam)
Case: 1946-49: Brown/cream box.
1950-53: Red plastic clear lid.


G2: 14kt gold handle (solid metal)
Case: brown clam shell gold trim.


G3: Gold plated handle (metal shell)
Case: brown clam shell gold trim.


G4: Schick 66 - blue handle, chrome head
Package: fitted cardboard box.


G5: Turquoise handle often textured head
Package: Brown and cream cardboard box.


G6: Clear amber plastic handle
Package: Brown and cream cardboard box.


G8: Square, partially ribbed handle
Case: maroon plastic with clear or maroon lid.

 

Traditional Head. Round spring, center fixed, no flaps.

 

various finishes
Plastic molded
various colors

 

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

 

Type H

 

Fashion Razor

 

1947 to 1953

H1: Ladies Fashion Razor

White plastic handle and gold metal cap

 

H2: The Deb Fashion Razor

 

Turquoise or red plastic handle pulls off and becomes storage cap.

 

Packaging: Cubic paper boxes, gold printing.

 

Compact and flat travel style with cap.

 

Integral spring

Molded plastic plug

 

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

 

Type I

 

Schick Injector Razor (and Hydro-Magic)

 

1955 to 1964

The first major change in 20 years.

 

I1: Short square ribbed ivory handle and gold head, or rarely black handle and silver (chrome) head

 

I2: Hydro-Magic: Short square ribbed black handle, Hydro-Magic lever and gold head, or rarely, silver (chrome) head.  The Hydro-Magic lever allowed loosening of
the cap and guard to rinse the blade without removing touching it.

 

Triangular, flat spring
Short square ribbed handle

Bar Guard with
parallel grooves.

Type J

 

Schick Injector Razor

 

1958 to 1964

Like I model with long round handle.

J1: Long Ivory colored handle, gold head

J2: Long black handle, silver head

J3: Golden 500: Long black or ivory colored handle, gold head,
Hydro-magic lever.

J4: Schick 500: Long black handle,
silver head, Hydro-magic lever.

Triangular, integral spring

Long round ribbed handle.

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

Type K

 

Lady Eversharp Beauty Razor

 

1962 to 1968

K1: Handle tipped with metal ferrule,
Head in silver or gold.

K2: Handle tapered with glitter imbedded
Head in silver or gold.

K3: As K2, handle cut short for compact
case, with medallion on cut end. All with HydroMagic lever

Triangular, flat spring
Long round ribbed handle.

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

Type L

 

Schick Injector Razor

 

1965 to1980

K1: Handle tipped with metal ferrule, Head in silver or gold.

K2: Handle tapered with glitter imbedded Head in silver or gold.

K3: As K2, handle cut short for compact case, with medallion on cut end. All with HydroMagic lever

Triangular, flat spring
Long round ribbed handle.

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

 

 

Type M

 

Schick Dial Injector Razor

Adjustable by Schick

Schick Injector

Adjustable Razor

 

1965 to 1972

Like L models but with blade adjustment knob

M1: "Schick Dial" Injector Razor
Handle insert with name. No dot on knob.
Packaging: Black plastic clamshell case with clear lid (65-66). White plastic clamshell, clear lid, red liner (66-68).


M2: "Adjustable by Schick" Injector Razor Handle insert, Dot on knob with cross.
Packaging: Various plastic cases.


M3: Schick Injector "Adjustable Razor" No spine insert, black dot on knob)
Packaging: yellow blister pack.

Triangular, integral spring,
blade adjustment knob.
Square black fine ribbed handle,
usually with metal name insert.

Bar Guard with
parallel grooves.

Type N

 

Schick Injector Razor

 

1980 to 1998

N1: Handle with chrome accent strip

N2: Plain black handle

N3: Rubber wide rib handle

Packaging: various blister packs in
yellow (to 1985) green (to 1995) and gold.

T shaped head, flat narrow spring. Black plastic various
square profile handles.

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

Type O

 

Schick Injector Razor

 

1999 to present

Stainless Steel handle integrated in head.
Black bumpy rubber grip strips.

Package: Blister pack (in Japan, discontinued September 2001) or
clear plastic bag (NA online rder).

Not available in North America in stores.

Modern triangular head integrated to handle. Stainless steel and black rubber handle.

Bar Guard with parallel grooves.

Table was found at razors.click - Schick Identification

 

Do you have a Schick injector in your collection? If so, which model do you have? Did the table help you identify the model you have? Let us know in the comments below.

 

JBT


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