Gillette safety razor blades, c 1930s.
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Packaging containing Blue Gillette razor blades. The American inventor, King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) developed the first disposable blade safety razor during the 1890s with engineer William Emery Nickerson. The Gillette company sold the first safety razors and disposable blades in 1903 and, by the end of 1904, had produced 40,000 razors and over 12 million blades. The double-edged razor was also introduced in the same year. In 1999, Gillette made nearly $10 billion from sales in over 200 countries.