The workmanlike razor of Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner did what many others did around the turn of the last century; he invented a safety razor. A safety razor that was, according to the patent, easily manufactured, as well as efficient and convenient in use. It is also a very workmanlike1 razor to my eye. And I believe a similar razor could be manufactured today, possible for the GEM blades.

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The improved blade of Georg Friedrich Hofmann

Back in 1909 Herr Georg Friedrich Hofmann, from München, Germany, saw that there was little to improve on when it come to the Gillette-style double edged safety razor. So he did the perhaps not so logical thing and tried to improve on the blade instead. And by improve I mean make them harder to manufacture, more expensive, and quite possible less durable. In hindsight not the best of improvements.

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