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Gillette Apollo Collection Razor Inspired by First Moon Landing Mission

Michael Collins was filmed shaving with a Gillette Techmatic safety razor during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
Michael Collins was filmed shaving with a Gillette Techmatic safety razor during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. (Image credit: NASA/Smithsonian)

Gillette is commemorating the first moon landing 50 years after its razor was used on board NASA's historic Apollo 11 mission.

Gillette's Apollo Collection by Razor Maker men's razor features a design inspired by humanity's first steps on another world.

"When man first walked on the moon, he did it with a clean shave. Astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission used Gillette razors aboard their spaceflight. Fifty years later, the Apollo Collection pays homage to the marvels of man and technology," Gillette wrote on Facebook.

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The handle on the limited edition Apollo Collection razor is shaped to resemble a crater-pocked moonscape with "a historically inspired 'one small step' boot imprint on its front," describes Gillette. The handle's reverse is adorned with NASA's Apollo- and current-era agency insignia, affectionately known as the "meatball."

The Apollo 11 mission saw commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin land at the Sea of Tranquility as command module pilot Michael Collins orbited the moon on July 20, 1969. All three crew members had shaving supplies among their personal effects, including a Gillette Techmatic safety razor that Collins was filmed using during the voyage from Earth to the moon.

Gillette’s new Apollo Collection by Razor Maker commemorates the Apollo 11 first moon landing mission 50 years ago. (Image credit: Gillette)

Collins donated the moon-flown razor to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC in 1985, where it remains today.

The same model Gillette razor was also used on Apollo 12, the second mission to land humans on the moon, in November 1969.

As a part of Gillette's Razor Maker line, the Apollo Collection razor handles are among a limited quantity created at the company's Boston headquarters. Each is printed using stereolithography (SLA) printing technology from Formlabs, a Massachusetts company that designs and manufactures 3D-printing systems.

Available only from Gillette's website (opens in new tab), the Apollo Collection by Razor Maker razor retails for $65.

Gillette’s Apollo Collection by Razor Maker men's razor features a 3D-printed handle designed to resemble a moonscape with an Apollo-inspired boot print and NASA insignia.  (Image credit: Gillette)

With the release of the Apollo razor, Gillette has joined a number of well-known brands that have produced tributes to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, including Budweiser, Case Knives, Dairy Queen, Krispy Kreme, LEGO, Oreo, Omega, Timex, Velcro, Victorinox Swiss Army, Zero Halliburton and Zippo.

As a historical aside, contrary to Gillette's Facebook post, Armstrong and Aldrin were both in need of a shave when they became the first people to walk on the lunar surface, as was captured in photographs of both astronauts.

"Sure wished I had shaved last night," remarked Aldrin, before donning his helmet to embark on the history-making moonwalk.

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Robert Z. Pearlman
Robert Z. Pearlman

Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for and co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.