This Day in Business History: Gillette razor blade patented

November 14, 1904 King C Gillette patented the Gillette razor blade. This disposable razor was the first safe alternative to the straight razor, which usually required visiting a barber. By selling the replaceable razor blade along with the permanent handle, King established a successful business model still used in razor sales today.   King  founded the American Safety Razor Company, later renamed the Gillette Company.  This firm was purchased by the Proctor & Gamble Company in 2005.

You can view an image of the patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, search for number 775,134


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