Most people realize that the real genius of King Gillette’s invention was not the safety razor itself but the disposable blade which required ongoing purchases. This made him a very wealthy entrepreneur and a celebrity. Nevertheless, Gillette was an outspoken opponent of capitalism (decrying competition to be the “root of all evil”). He was a social-engineer as well having presented detailed plans for pollution-free cities and grand communal living complexes encased within massive glass domes as early as 1894. Take that Bucky.
Coincidentally, less than a week ago I bought a vintage Gillete Safety Razor – just so I can stop buying and throwing away plastic cartridges every week. Yes, Gillette created an endless money stream with his inventions, but I think they perfected the shave decades ago and have since only perfected the money machine with disposable plastics (ughh).
I will be receiving my newly purchased 40 year old razor in the mail within a couple of days, will have one less instance of plastics in my life, and may even get a better shave out of the deal.