The Humble History of the Injector Razor

How did I come up with the Single Edge? Although I’d like to take all the credit, I had a lot of help along the way - and most of it came from a United States Infantry soldier by the name of Lt. Col. Jacob Schick. You might have heard of him.

I’m often asked how I came up with the idea for the Single Edge razor. Although I’d like to take all the credit myself, I had a lot of help along the way. And most of it came from a United States Infantry soldier by the name of Lt. Col. Jacob Schick. You might have heard of him.

 

Before many of his well known inventions occurred, Colonel Schick was responsible for a unique razor blade pack and razor that would end up changing my life.

 

The Inspiration

Inspired by the loading action of the semiautomatic rifle he used in World War 1, Lt. Col. Schick invented a razor that was loaded quickly and easily using a “magazine” of razor blades. This pack of blades inserted into the side of a specially designed handle so that as a new blade was inserted, the old was ejected. Plus, can you think of a more manly way to swap out a blade?

It was a welcome innovation on the razor standards of the day. Straight razors involved stropping and maintaining a sharp, reusable blade. Double Edge safety razors made you replace thin, extremely sharp blades by hand. With the injector razor, there was no more handling of sharp blades and quick blade changes when one dulled.


The First Injector Razors 

Col. Schick started the "Magazine Repeating Razor Company" in 1925, and began selling the first version of what would eventually be called the injector razor. Over the next 80 years, dozens of different variations of this razor would be sold.

It was a popular razor that was known not only for it's ease of loading a single blade, but also for it's super comfortable, irritation-free shave. It made using a single blade razor more attractive and approachable to the general public while leaving customers completely satisfied with their morning shave.

 

From Schick to the 90's

Although the injector razor didn’t survive past the 1990’s, it had a successful and storied career. Fun fact: In the 1973 movie "Live and Let Die", James Bond (played by actor Roger Moore) shaves with a Schick injector razor in his San Moniquan bungalow. Roger could sure show Daniel Craig a thing or two about shaving.

Fast forward to recent history, the injector razor died after huge razor companies decided they could make more profit selling multi-bladed razors to customers. Although there are many antique versions of the handles available on eBay, the Schick company officially ended it's production of the razor in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. Honestly, it’s very difficult to pinpoint exactly when their production line closed down. Strangely enough, and good news for us, the injector blades and blade cartridge production never ended and is still going strong today.

 

The Single Edge

Through a bit of blind luck (read that story here), I found myself in possession of a vintage injector razor in late 2014. After the first use, I was hooked. As someone with sensitive skin, I had constantly struggled with ingrown hairs and irritated skin from any shave. Both of these issues completely vanished with the first use of my antique injector. 

 

In a matter of days, I was not only a changed man - I was a man on a new mission. I wanted to recreate this unique and innovative razor design for everyone to experience. Thus, the idea for the Single Edge was born. It was a simple idea: What if I could recreate the injector razor for a new generation in a modern aesthetic and entirely out of stainless steel?


Prototype to Product

It turns out that idea was quite a bit more difficult to execute than I ever thought. It took two years from first prototype to full rate production, but the effort was worth it. You can read more of that rollercoaster story from prototype to production here.


Men all over the world today are finally experiencing amazingly close and irritation free shaves everyday with the Single Edge injector razor.

And as a customer recently told me - Col Jacob Schick would be proud.


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Eron Neill

I stumbled upon an add for the Supply SE razor when I was browsing the web one day and was instantly intrigued by the design and simplicity of the razor. I was using multi-blade cartridge razors my entire shaving life to this point and had always dreaded shaving. I really didn’t plan on buying the Supply SE razor, but my wife had seen how intrigued I was and ended up surprising me with the starter set as an Anniversary gift. I’m so glad she did. I truly love the results and actually do look forward to shaving every day now, even still after using it for almost 6 months now. I went from shaving 3 days a week to shaving 5-7 days a week now just because it’s so enjoyable and the results are amazing. Creating this razor hasn’t only changed your life, but it has changed mine as well. Thank you for that and thank my wife for giving me the opportunity to try this amazing product!

H R Chafin

I was using an antique SE razor myself (whenever I could find the blades!) very much like the one in the photo until I bought the Supply SE. For the first time in years I actually look forward to and enjoy shaving. Your product is great…in fact, the only thing better than your razor is your customer service.

Thanks for pursuing your dream!