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Wilkinson Sword was founded in 1772, and its origins began with the manufacture of swords and, later, guns and shears. In 1898, the company branched out to manufacture safety razors and became a U.K.-leader in shaving products. In the 1960s, it introduced stainless steel razor blades coated with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), which in 1967 brought one of the present authors (David Rowsell) to the company. With a background in fluorine chemistry, the author’s project at the time was to investigate PTFE alternatives.
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