Birth of an Icon: GILLETTE

It may be an everyday ritual for men around the world today. But shaving was once a hazard. In the early 1900s, it required a steady hand and a sharp blade that needed regular sharpening.

Then along came a traveling salesman and inventor named King C. Gillette with an idea that would change the way men—and eventually women—would shave forever.

For more than 100 years, the Gillette Company has pioneered shaving, bringing many firsts to market, including women's razors, brushless shaving cream, the injector blade and the two, three and five blade razors.