The English manufacturers were even more reluctant than the French to adopt the process and only did so after they saw its success in France. Gillette: a double-edged safety razor with replaceable blades.Sheffield steel, a highly polished steel, also known as 'Sheffield silver steel' and famous for its deep gloss finish, is considered a superior quality steel and is still used to this day in France by such manufacturers as Thiers Issard. These new safety razors did not require any serious tutelage to use.Despite its long-term advantages, the straight razor lost significant market share.
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Its function is to stabilise the sides of the handle so that they cannot be squeezed in the middle and acts as a bridge between them.
When folded into the scales, the blade is protected from accidental damage, and the user is protected from accidental injury.
By 1740, Benjamin Huntsman was making straight razors complete with decorated handles and hollow-ground blades made from cast steel, using a process he invented.
Huntsman's process was adopted by the French sometime later, albeit reluctantly at first due to nationalist considerations.
Solid gold and copper razors were also found in Ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to the 4th millennium BC.