Cartridge History Timeline

Discussion in 'Modern Shaving Systems' started by mjclark, May 10, 2019.

    I’m getting my head round the history of cartridge razors and could use some help from you guys on this forum.
    Here’s the timeline as I currently understand it:

    1970: First cartridge - Wilkinson Bonded Blade
    1971: First twin blade - Gillette Trac II
    1976: First disposable - Gillette Good News
    1977: First pivoting head - Gillette Atra
    1990: First spring blades - Gillette Sensor
    1993: First microfin strip - Gillette Sensor Excel
    1998: First triple blade - Gillette Mach 3
    2004: First four blade - Schick Quattro
    2006: First five blade - Gillette Fusion
    2012: First six blade - Dorco Pace 6
    2014: First laterally pivoting handle - Gillette Flexball
    2018: First seven blade - Dorco Classic

    When was the lubrastrip introduced?
    Was that with the Trac II Plus or the Atra Plus? And what year?

    And what other developments have there been?

    Wow - it’s nearly 50 years of carts now!
  1. Bic produced the first disposable. Kai invented the first triple blade. The Dorco Pace 6 was available in 2008. There have been other lateral pivoting carts, the Wilkinson 3D, and one from Feather. Both in the 90's.
  2. Yes, in 1975 and it shook the very foundations of Shavedom.
  3. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    Interesting thread, thanks for starting to compile a time line for Cartridge Razors.
  4. Thanks - do you have exact dates for the Kai triple blade and the laterally pivoting handle?

    Great stuff! Thanks.

    So when was the lubrastrip introduced?
    And when were protecting wires introduced (like the Protector and Feather MR3)?

    I can’t edit the first post but now we’ve got

    1975: First disposable - Bic
    2008: First six blade - Dorco
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
  5. Oh and what about the introduction of the trimmer blade on the back of carts?
  6. The Fusion, Quattro Titanium, Dorco Pace6, and Hydro5 all have this feature. So sometime in the late noughties or early 2010's.
  7. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    The Schick SuperII/ Ultrex would have to make it in there somewhere. I remember buying mine towards the end of 1983. They could have been around before that though.
  8. More great info!

    1998: First triple blade - Kai K-3
    First lateral pivot - Schick 3D
    2006: First trimmer blade - Gillette Fusion

    So was the Lubrastrip introduced with the Atra Plus (and it’s a retrofit on the Trac II Plus)?
    And were guard wires from Schick with the Protector as a response to the sprung blades of the Sensor?
  9. Great! This is turning out to be really interesting and informative.
    What features did the Schick SuperII introduce?
  10. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    From memory the add on the TV said something about Pivoting head, lubricating strip and push clean blades. There is an ad on YouTube plus if you do a search on Schick Super II in the search bar, the add might even come up. I’m sure someone put it on a couple of months ago.
  11. Brilliant! That’s a great idea - those YouTube ads are a really good resource for constructing this timeline.

    The Push Cleaning mechanism is completely new to me...
    ... and the first lubrastrip is the Atra Plus in 1985.
    The Trac II Plus was a retrofit in 1988.

    1979: First push cleaning blade - Schick Ultrex II
    1985: First lubrastrip - Gillette Atra Plus
  12. The Schick Super II introduced the push button...

    Beaten to it.
  13. The Ultrex/Super II Ultrex/Ultra/Pivot are the same product but different name for geographical location.
  14. It would appear the Feather Soltech was available in 1990. It's described as a sideways pivot.

  15. Gosh! Feather really think outside the box sometimes.

    1990: First lateral pivot - Feather Soltech

    My Feather MR3 Neo and the Feather F3 have the same lateral pivot.
  16. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    I have all my Cartridge Razors together in a box. I will have a look through them in the morning and see if I have anything that has not been previously mentioned. I have no idea on time lines as some of mine were purchased in discount shops and could have been many years old before I bought them. I’m liking this thread immensely.
  17. Brilliant!
    We could do a timeline with photos....
  18. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    If go to the search box and type in “Show us your carts” you will find a thread I tried to start over 12 months ago. I put a photo up of most of my carts. Some were doubles and there was a couple that I just found recently that were not in the photo. This might help a little but most have been used and don’t have the packaging.

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