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Durable beard combs cut from solid aluminum. Designs like you've never seen before. Give your beard the love it deserves
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Men have beards. That’s a fact. The problem lies while doing manly activities like wading through swamps, wrestling bears, scaling redwoods, and bare knuckle boxing, beards can get out of control.

Seeing that (real) men don’t carry purses or have fanny-packs, there’s little room to carry an awkward, bulky, and long comb. That’s why I created HandleBeard Combs; they’re compact, rugged, durable, and completely UNIQUE beard combs that can clip onto things like keychains, belt loops, etc. Be sure you are always prepared to get your beard in order, no matter where your next adventure takes you.

The ORIGINAL HANDLEBEARD

This is the beard comb that started it all. One side stainless steel clip…one side bottle opener. This beard comb is ideal for short to medium length beards, and has optimal teeth spacing to get through beard hair easily without snagging or pulling. The round tips of the teeth provide a pleasant sensation to the skin, and the reinforced bottle opener ensures you will always be able to have a cold one when needed. 

The MEGA HB

Those with the thickest and longest of beards should opt for the MEGA HB. The teeth are double in length compared to the Original HandleBeard, and the overall width is about an inch longer. The teeth are also a hair (no pun intended) wider to increase the durability of each tooth. The MEGA HB has the same tooth spacing as all the beard combs I designed which will minimizes hang-ups in thick beards. This model is obviously not as compact as the Original HandleBeard, but is still much more portable compared to other options on the market. The MEGA HB is the toughest, most rugged beard comb you are going to find.

The SALUTE

An ode to our soldiers and veterans, the Salute is the perfect beard comb for all types of beards. The Salute is 4.25 inches long and the teeth are 0.5 inches long. The butt of the handle on the Salute has a short carabiner which allows it to clip onto a keychain or belt loop. 

The MARKSMAN

The Marksman is also great for all types of beards. Inspired from a hunting bow, the Marksman pays homage to the hunters out there who understand the importance of a great beard. The Marksman has longer teeth like the MEGA HB and is great for medium and longer, thicker beards. This is the widest comb at 4.5 inches.

The Big Salute and Big Marksman (NEW!)

Unfinished Big Salute Comparison
Unfinished Big Salute Comparison
The Big Salute
The Big Salute
Unfinished Big Marksman Comparison
Unfinished Big Marksman Comparison
The Big Marksman
The Big Marksman

Step it up a notch with larger versions of your favorite combs. They are 6 inches in length, but still have the same optimal tine spacing and width as the originals. These combs are easy to describe: Big and Badass. 

*Note: The combs in the picture shown here are unfinished and still need to be anodized and laser etched.

Why get a HandleBeard Comb?

HandleBeard Combs are solid and durable, have awesome unique designs you can't find anywhere else, and offer a wider spacing between the smooth, rounded teeth so that they won't get caught up in your beard. The teeth on the HandleBeard Combs allow the comb to pass through your beard without pulling and/or damaging the hair. You don't want your beard to look like the hair on your head. HandleBeard Combs help to keep your beard looking natural and tamed all at the same time.

These combs are also very easy to carry and made with durability in mind. Whether you clip it to your keys or belt loop or throw it in your pocket, they can accompany you anywhere. The designs of all of the HandleBeard Combs are able to be so compact by minimizing unneeded material like long handles and incorporating the actual comb part into the entire design, without losing functionality. 

The Construction

Dimensions

All combs from HandleBeard are CNC machined (water jet cut) from a solid pieces of 1/8 inch thick aluminum. They are then sandblasted and anodized in black to make a smooth finish. In order to make them easy to carry (whether on your keys, in your pocket, or on your belt loop, like I carry mine) the total length of HandleBeard combs range from 3.5 to 4.5 inches. This gives more than enough room to groom, but allows it to be very portable, light, and strong.

After making numerous prototypes, I made the teeth of all of the combs spaced out a bit wider than many other combs on the market. I found this much more pleasant than the narrow spaced teeth of regular combs and won't get caught up in thicker beard hair. The carabiners are all made from solid stainless steel, so there's no way these combs are getting loose and/or lost.

The Design and Inspiration

My goal was to create a unique and appealing line of beard combs which have the durability and functionality men with beards would appreciate, all at an affordable price. I wanted to incorporate designs that bearded men could appreciate, as well as show my appreciation for our active military and veterans with the Salute. Although there are currently only 4 designs, I am always experimenting with new designs to create awesome and unique beard combs from. If you have an idea, I would love to hear it!

What Will I Do with the Investment?

Making HandleBeard Combs in low volume is simply not an option due to the high machining cost. This round of money will get me enough people invested so that I am able to fund a first run of inventory, which will lower the cost down to an affordable level for all those who are interested. 

To buy a HandleBeard Comb without this funding would cost about $45.00 due to the entire process to make one (cutting, polishing, anodizing, finishing, adding carabiners, etc.) By mass producing these combs, the price can be reduced to less than half of that. 

I already have a machining company ready and lined up, which has impressed me with both the quality and the cost per unit. Now it's all about getting HandleBeard Combs out there.

Stretch Goals

Beyond the initial investment, I would love to do even more with the HandleBeard Combs.

1. Offer more colors for all of the combs. I have gotten requests for colors such as gunmetal, metallic, green, red, and even CAMO. I know other solid colors are possible, but will need to research the camo option. 

2. Add Premium Titanium Models. Titanium is an expensive material to use, but with added funds I would like to offer you a titanium version of each model. 

3. New Models. Developing these combs does take a small investment, from 3D modeling to prototyping. I am always thinking of new designs and want to be able to act quickly on great ideas.

Channel 3 News Interview

http://www.wkyc.com/story/life/style/2014/12/17/handlebeard/20559159/

Risks and challenges

The main risks or challenges for this campaign is ensuring each beard comb that is sent out was made correctly, works like it is supposed to, and looks great.

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