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Our namesake, William Samuel Henson, was a pre-Wright Brothers aviation engineer and inventor. Henson invented the modern form of the razor, the 'T' shaped safety razor, and patented it in 1847. While a major improvement on the previous form of the safety razor, additional improvement was needed to make safety razors common and useable for everyone.
In 1901, Gillette combined Henson's T-shaped safety razor with disposable blades, and produced the modern razor. Since the early 1900's, the Safety Razor has remained relatively unchanged and the market has more recently become flooded with manufacturers wanting to jump on the eco-trend, with nearly all sending their manufacturing overseas.
As the individuals (who would soon end up starting Henson Shaving) started looking at the options available to partner with manufacturing, the lack of precision with "standard approaches" to manufacturing became frustratingly evident. Most Safety Razors are cast metal then chromed or painted with sloppy tolerances built into the design. Casting and coating thicknesses cannot typically be accurately predicted, so wiggle room is built into the design... but "wiggle room" is not something you want in a razor as it makes for a poor shave. In seeing this lack of precision with several "top rated" razors, the team at Henson Shaving sought out a solution.
To get the precision and perfection we desired in our razor, we sought out and partnered with one of Canada's top Aerospace Manufacturers who had enough precision and skill to build structural components for the Mars Rover, International Space Station, and low earth satellite (LEO) programs.
As it turns out, making an extremely precise razor is certainly possible, if you want to spend hundreds of dollars. The new challenge was to bring Aerospace quality to a razor, at an affordable price. Mission accomplished! Because each component of the Henson razor is precision machined, we are able to achieve extremely tight tolerances in a production environment to bring an incredibly high quality and low cost razor, to you.
Our accuracy allows a consistent blade gap and blade exposure. Less blade exposure means less chatter. Less chatter means less strokes, less irritation, and smoother shave every time. It's time for you to upgrade your shave and feel the difference that precision makes.