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Thomas Clipper: the best shave in history.

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Historic Shaving

Our new shaving bowl and brush handle are hand turned in Leicester from a single English horse chestnut tree planted in 1710.

The tree came down naturally in the storms last winter. When it was just a sapling the world was a little different...

The rebuilding from the Great Fire of London was nearly finished, Istanbul had just lost out to Beijing as the largest city on the planet and Blackbeard was still sailing the seven seas. Yes, there was a Blackbeard. His real name was Ed.

When you lather up with our natural juniper scented shaving soap using our soft synthetic shaving brush, you’ll be holding hand-turned wood that is 70 years older than the USA.

On the bottom you’ll find a set of GPS co-ordinates. So you can use satellites in space to position yourself to exactly the spot where the tree grew. Blackbeard would have been so impressed he’d have had a shave. Probably.

Better shaving by design
Better shaving by design

Rewards

Our rewards range from a voice in the process and a morning coffee, to a hand made box for your new shaving gear.

But of course the main event is the three hundred year old bowl, soap and brush rewards.

Our carpenter, Kim, created this box for the last Kickstarter
Our carpenter, Kim, created this box for the last Kickstarter

A Razor for the Globe Trotter

We're proud to introduce a new reward level: the Travel Reward, which feature our Travel Razor, a complete traditional all metal safety razor that fits into a matchbox.

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Get the Set

Three rewards to look out for are the 'Complete Set' rewards, which feature the Mark One or the engraved, limited run Mark K razor, and the travel razor as well as the brush, soap and bowl set.

To learn more about our razors, visit http://www.thomasclipper.com/our-razors/ - please note that only the Mark K reward level will come with engraving.

The Mark K (left) and Mark One (right) razors
The Mark K (left) and Mark One (right) razors

Our Story

We started Thomas Clipper to make your morning better.

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Our first razors were launched on Kickstarter last year. We reached, and surpassed, our last funding goal just over six months ago.

That was just the beginning - and we didn't want the conversation with our backers to end, so we asked them what we should make next...

The people spoke: we listened
The people spoke: we listened

The people have spoken...

They told us overwhelmingly that they wanted the the best looking, best shaving, ethically produced shaving bowl, soap and brush.

So that’s what we’ve been producing over the past 6 months.

We started with timber from the Boughton Estate in rural England. It was planted next to the lake by the Second Duke of Montagu around 1710. We think he would have rather liked what we’re doing with it.

The Boughton Estate in the Midlands
The Boughton Estate in the Midlands

Hand turned wood, hand made soap

Hand crafted into a perfectly formed bowl in Leicester, we laser etch the GPS co-ordinates of the tree stump (the brown patch in the photo above, or visit on google here). So if you’re in the Midlands in August when the house is open to visitors, you can find the exact spot where your bowl began life three centuries ago.

Hand turned and laser etched in Leicester
Hand turned and laser etched in Leicester

After being turned, each bowl is filled with lightly scented natural juniper shaving soap, made by hand by a team of fantastic ladies on the English seaside. Once you've used up the soap in your bowl (we've not even made a dent on the prototype bowls yet - it's really long lasting stuff) you'll be able to buy refills, hand made by the same ladies in Norfolk.

Richard finishing the bowl
Richard finishing the bowl

The final stage...

This is paired with soft, synthetic shaving brush made from the same wood and turned by Richard. 

The brush handle design is inspired by the cork from our first bottle of Jenkyn Place English sparkling wine. It's still in the final stages of prototyping, we're experimenting with three new bristle options, so the loft and diameter of the knot might change a little if we can make it lather even better. Or we might find that we've already hit the nail on the head. We'll keep you posted either way.

The most recent, and nearly finished, prototypes
The most recent, and nearly finished, prototypes

Upgrading Your Shave

These three new elements are designed to compliment your Thomas Clipper shaving set, and to complete your shave. To learn more about the art (and benefits) of brush shaving take a look at the video below and visit the blog article we wrote here.

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Completing the shave

Being clean shaven today is optional - it’s something we choose to do. We’re not shaving as often, but when we do, we’re learning to do it better. Shaving with a Thomas Clipper razor is the first step in saying goodbye to plastic and taking back your morning.

Pairing it with a shaving set handmade from the best materials for the job, sourced so meticulously that you can trace the exact spot your bowl and brush started life three hundred years ago, makes for an even better start to the day.

Our prototype 300 year brush and bowl
Our prototype 300 year brush and bowl

 Thank you

Finally some words of thanks...

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Thanks to:

Our Videographers, Coral and Luke 

Our music from Solomon’s Hollow

Our photographers Nathan and Chris 

To the people who helped us make the video and the campaign, and to all of you for watching, sharing and backing. Thank you all!

Risks and challenges

Our last campaign worked because we put in a great deal of planning before hitting 'GO'. The same will be the case here.

Nevertheless, there are challenges associated with making hand-crafted natural projects. Chief of these is that there is only one tree we're using to make these products. When the tree runs out we'll have to ask Nigel to find us another of suitable heritage and quality - of course we'll keep you posted on this as we go.

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    Pledge £9 or more About $11

    Morning Coffee - Something you can enjoy even if you’ve got a beard (or if you're one of our lady-fans). You'll receive a massive thank you, a seat at the table when we're deciding what to make next and a bag of delicious, organic, Fairtrade coffee from our friends at Cafédirect grown in Machu Picchu, Peru.

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    Shaving Bowl and Soap - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented shaving soap. GPS co-ordinates laser etched into the base. Currently a Kickstarter exclusive.

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    Early Backer 3: Brush & Soap in Bowl set - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. At a reduced price for our next 30 backers.

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    Early Backer 3: Brush, Soap in Bowl, Refill Soap & Lathering Bowl set - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. Plus one replacement soap puck and one empty bowl for lathering. At a reduced price for our next 30 backers.

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    Early Backer 2: Travel Razor set, Brush, Soap in Bowl - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. Plus one all metal Travel Razor - small enough to fit into a matchbox. Limited to the next 15 backers.

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    Mark One Set - Early Backer 3 - An exceptional reward if you've not yet got one of our razors. Our three century old brush, bowl with soap, plus our classic Mark One shaving set - an all-metal single blade razor, organic frankincense shaving oil and our organic cotton flannel. At a special price for our next 30 backers.

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    The Mark K Complete Set - Final 20 - The perfect choice if you want a personalised razor set. Our three century old brush, bowl with soap, plus our iconic Mark K shaving set - a limited run all-metal single blade razor, organic frankincense shaving oil and our organic cotton flannel. Razor engraved with initials of your choice. Strictly limited to 20 more backers (we only make 50 Mark K razors a month so once these are gone, they're gone).

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    Pledge £199 or more About $242

    Father & Son - a pair of brushes, bowl & soaps, and two Mark One shaving sets with organic frankincense shave oil and organic cotton shaving flannel. At a special price for our first 30 backers.

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    Meet Your Maker - two Mark One Sets and a tour around Thomas Clipper HQ in Market Harborough. We'll meet one or two of the craftsmen who made your gear and grab a bite to eat near the Boughton estate where the timber from the bowl and brush was sourced. You'll have to make your own way here (1hr from London by train), but once you arrive travel and food will be provided.

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    Make Your Mark - design your own shaving bowl and brush. We'll work with you to put together initial visual concepts, then Richard will turn them into a round of prototypes which we'll send to you for comments and approval. Finally we'll produce a run of 5 sets of your own bowl with soap and brush. Shipping is £29 to the UK and £79 rest of world to cover prototype shipping.

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    Early backer - Shaving Bowl and Soap - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented shaving soap. GPS co-ordinates laser etched into the base. Limited to the first 15 backers.

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    Early backer 2 - Shaving Bowl and Soap - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented shaving soap. GPS co-ordinates laser etched into the base. Limited to the next 15 backers.

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    Early Backer: Brush, Soap in Bowl, Refill Soap & Lathering Bowl set - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. Plus one replacement soap puck and one empty bowl for lathering. At a special price for our first 15 backers.

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    Early Backer 2: Brush, Soap in Bowl, Refill Soap & Lathering Bowl set - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. Plus one replacement soap puck and one empty bowl for lathering. At a reduced price for our next 15 backers.

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    Pledge £79 or more About $96

    Early Backer: Travel Razor set, Brush, Soap in Bowl - three century old hand made horse chestnut bowl filled with natural juniper scented soap. Smooth synthetic shaving brush. Plus one all metal Travel Razor - small enough to fit into a matchbox. Limited to the first 15 backers.

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    Pledge £99 or more About $120

    Mark One Set - An exceptional reward if you've not yet got one of our razors. Our three century old brush, bowl with soap, plus our classic Mark One shaving set - an all-metal single blade razor, organic frankincense shaving oil and our organic cotton flannel. At a special price for our first 30 backers.

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    Pledge £109 or more About $133

    Mark One Set - Early Backer 2 - An exceptional reward if you've not yet got one of our razors. Our three century old brush, bowl with soap, plus our classic Mark One shaving set - an all-metal single blade razor, organic frankincense shaving oil and our organic cotton flannel. At a special price for our next 30 backers.

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    The Mark K Complete Set - The perfect choice if you want a personalised razor set. Our three century old brush, bowl with soap, plus our iconic Mark K shaving set - a limited run all-metal single blade razor, organic frankincense shaving oil and our organic cotton flannel. Razor engraved with initials of your choice. At a special price for our first 30 backers.

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    Pledge £499 or more About $607

    The Clipper Shave Trunk - "The Mark K Complete Set" reward (see above), presented in a one-of-a-kind wooden box designed and hand-made by Kim Jordan, the carpenter who designed the box from our first Kickstarter. Limited to a single backer.

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