This is a little off-topic. Or is it? After all, today's disposables razors are made to last for only a few days like the most inconsequential of printed material. Modern razors are about as ephemeral as something can be.
When disposable razors became popular, they put razors like this classic well-built Gillette Safety Razor out to pasture. A lot of these high-quality American made razors were thrown out in favor of the cheap disposables. Luckily, a few were tucked away by their cautious owners just in case the new disposables couldn't cut it.
If you ever have a chance to hold one of these old steel razors, it'll give you a good understanding of what a truly great American-made product used to feel like: the way the all-steel mechanisms function smoothly; the weight of it; and, the solid, well-balanced feel of the product. You'll only find craftsmanship like this in a few high-end items on today's market. And let's not forget, this old Gillette razor was made for people of modest incomes. People who bought one of these razors received a quality item for their hard-earned money. In an effort to boost profits, Gillette and other American makers created disposable, plastic replacements for their solid, long-lasting products. I understand why they did it, but nonetheless, I wish it weren't so.
These old razors are collector's items. If you can find one in good condition, like this example, it'll bring you about $15 at auction. In the future, I wonder if anyone will be able sell one of today's plastic disposables for $15?