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£2,012
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 14 2014 1:01 PM UTC +00:00

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Hone:

(Verb) Make sharper, more focused or efficient

Why Choose A Hone safety Razor and Brush? 

The right razor should last a lifetime. Products such as razors are the ones you have the most personal connection with. Shaving is a ritual to be enjoyed and celebrated, a skill to be improved.  The throwaway and expensive nature of cartridge razors has lost this connection. The Hone razor was designed to focus on the experience of ownership and use, not just in the short term, but for years of service. Made from Bronze it is designed to age with you, gaining patina through endeavor and personal connection. The Hone razor won't distract you from the task in hand,  and won’t contain extra features or gimmicks; instead focusing on quality and individuality as well as improving with time. 

About The Razor.

The Hone safety razor has taken many prototypes and improvements to get here. The goal was to make a razor that has a great balance and shaving feel without being too aggressive.  Each prototype slowly refining the feel of the shave and the overall form to create an experience that is great for those new to safety razors to grow into, whilst making something with depth for more experienced users.  

In addition safety razors are often more comfortable for men who suffer from razor burn.  By pulling fewer, better quality, blades over your skin many men find safety razors a less irritating shave.  Safety razors also provide the opportunity to use many different blade types and find one that is just right for you.  

 The Hone Razor is deliberately balanced around the neck of the handle, giving confidence and control over the razor, and allowing you to use the weight to your advantage. 

About The Brush. 

The Hone shaving brush is designed to compliment the razor. The handle is turned from solid bronze giving it a distinctive weight. The bristles are high quality nylon. Although I considered a natural material such as badger hair, finding a humane and reliable source of quality bristles is a challenge, and I didn't feel I could guarantee these aspects.  The brush builds a rich lather quickly, and holds it well. It also looks great with the razor. 


Material Choice.

Both the Hone safety razor and Brush are made from solid bronze. Copper alloys such as this and brass are time honored materials for a safety razor, and match the Hone values of uniqueness, traditionalism, and 'wearing in', whilst at the same time providing balance against the contemporary form. The surface of bronze changes over time, shining and mellowing in line with the habits of use. This creates a unique patina for every owner of a Hone razor.  In addition bronze is a great thermal conductor, so warming the razor before shaving and handling the Hone razor and brush provide a great experience of touching 'real' materials. The bronze chosen for the Hone products is more corrosion resistant than a standard brass, providing longevity and also make it lead free.

The Rewards

The rewards are going to be delivered in two distinct stages, 1) Early Birds, and 2) General Release.  This structure is to help maintain quality as the batch size increases. A first batch for the Early birds will be produced, then those backers will have time to feedback before ramp up for the general release. This gives the machine shop and myself time to make sure everything is just right, I wont ship anything until I am 100% happy for either release, and any feedback would be implemented for everyone.

Costs

The costs of ownership for Hone over the long term is a significant saving over using cartridge razors once you factor in the cost of blades. So I have concentrated on providing value in the handle and brush as they are investments in long term quality shaving. The handle is also key to the experience of use and is the part of any shaving system you have to look at and handle regularly. Using Hone doesn't tie you into one blade, there are multiple manufacturers producing blades with varying properties you can choose from once you own a Hone razor.  

Manufacturing. 

CNC machining is used to make every aspect of the Hone razor. This offers a unique surface quality and finish that are hard to achieve with other manufacturing methods. It also offers great control over tolerances and repeatability to ensure quality. 

Timeline

Below is the estimated timeline for the project. Although I would have loved to get the product in backers hands before the festive and new year period, I equally wouldn't want to disappoint by missing the delivery date. This timeline is realistic and has some buffers built in to allow for the busy time of year, and is based on quoted times for my estimated batch sizes. Obviously things can change, but I will keep all the backers regularly updated as to how things are progressing.   

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Risks and challenges

I am currently an Industrial designer for one of the worlds leading healthcare companies. Prior to that I worked for one of the UK's largest and most experienced design consultancies. Working both in house and for consultancy has given me insight and experience working for a range of brands, different project scales, and across a number of sectors. Creating a razor, the associated brand, and a unique product offering is pulling on all my experience to launch Hone.

The main challenges associated with the Hone Razor are maintaining quality during ramp up to larger batch runs, and the logistics of delivery. I have full working prototypes, manufactured from correct material and with the final process. These have been tested and well received. I have structured the campaign to involve the backers and make a personal connection with those that are supporting Hone, I appreciate and want feedback from those that use my products. The staggered release will allow the opportunity to apply any learnings as the production numbers increase and ensure quality is received by all backers.

Material - I have settled on Bronze as a traditional material that provides the properties I want for Hone, but I am finalising the supply to be used for the batch runs, and still waiting on the final material data sheet as well as working out the last few details with the machine shop.

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    EARLY BIRD - as an early bird backer you will receive your Hone Razor first and have the chance to tell us and other backers all about the experience before we begin increasing the batch size for the general release. The Hone razor, CNC machined from solid bronze and finished to our exacting standards.

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    EARLY BIRD - as an early bird backer you will receive your Hone Razor and Brush combination first and have the chance to tell us and other backers all about the experience before we begin increasing the batch size for the general release.

    The complete Hone Razor and Brush set, made to go together from solid bronze. Designed to age with you this is the perfect set.

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