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Archival Anecdotes: I mustache you a question

 

November 1, 2021

Straight edge razor, circa 1885, used by Hugh Sullivan. Made by Tillotson Sheffield. Up until 1895 the straight edge razor was the go-to tool for a clean-shaven face.

Have you ever shaved with a straight edge razor? Would you even know where to begin?

For much of history, the straight razor was the most effective option for those who wanted a smooth face. Perhaps this is why beards were commonly in fashion in the centuries leading up to modern times.

Change came in 1895, when King Gillette invented and began selling razors with disposable blades. These bla...



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