The Bic razor, still the sharpest of the bunch!
One of the Bic family's better known progeny is the razor. As famous as its older siblings: the pen and the lighter. The brand's first razor made its appearance in 1975 after two years of research. In 1973, Bic founder Marcel Bich was considering launching a razor that would be safe, easy to use and accessible to all. The first single-piece disposable razor with an integrated blade and a lightweight orange plastic handle was born.
It was the first razor to allow men to shave quickly and safely. Previously, men had to use a straight razor, also known as a cut-throat razor, or visit the barber. The Bic® 1 was an instant success. Since its launch, over 60 billion disposable Bic razors have been sold throughout the world, in over 160 countries: a planet-wide success while also becoming an object with a timeless design.
The product is a simple one, but the process is complex: 12 operations are required, and 23 different tests are conducted! The steel is heated to 1,100 °C and then sharpened to surgical precision. The edge of the blade is made 3,000 times finer than a strand of hair. The blade is then coated with a polymer that acts as a protective film, enabling it to glide better across the skin. Polystyrene's high fluidity enables the thin layers of the hollow handle to be injection-moulded .
Bic® razors are manufactured entirely in Bic production units, ensuring quality is guaranteed throughout the manufacturing process.
The Bic® razor is currently number 3 worldwide in disposable razors, behind the English Wilkinson company and the American Gillette company.
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