For the best Henson experience, we recommend the following:
- Make sure you screw the handle into the top cap fully. There is a Tungsten bushing in the top cap so you'll know when you can't screw any further. The razor is built to specific tolerances and so not firmly screwing in the top cap could lead to an irregular shave experience.
- Apply only mild pressure to your skin. The Henson is designed to present the blade near the bottom of your hair follicle, right where it meets your skin. You may be surprised by how little pressure you need to apply to get a good shave.
- We have lots of customers that have actually used the Henson without any shaving creams or gels. We definitely recommend at least wetting your face. If you would like to use a cream, gel or oil, please feel free. The head of the razor has exit channels that do a good job at easily removing hair and shaving cream when rinsed with water.
- Rinse, don’t bang. As a result of the exit channels either running the razor under the tap or swishing in water is the best way to remove hair/creams. We do not recommend banging the razor against your sink or tub.
We suggest some nice music and a closed door. Take a breath and enjoy the process of a relaxing and enjoyable shave.
After that, razor blades can be purchased in many locations such as the retailers found in our International Distributors section or on Amazon.
The only difference between the Henson AL13 and the Henson AL13 - Medium is the blade gap and blade exposure. These measurements control the "aggressiveness" of the shave. For finer hair and shaving areas other than the face, a milder razor is generally desired. For coarser hair, the aggression of our Medium razor may be more suitable.
AL13 - .68 mm Blade Gap and .0013" Blade Exposure
AL13 - Medium - .85 mm Blade Gap and .0023” Blade Exposure
The .85 mm and .68 blade gap, would be considered on the aggressive side, respectively. However, the nature of our design mitigates some of the effects of the unwanted aggression. This is why we chose a higher aggression blade gap. This allows more of the positive benefits of the aggressive blade gap while the unwanted byproducts are a bit tamed by the head design. This is one way the razor achieves good safety and high shaving performance simultaneously.
You can find the Henson AL13 Medium here.
The length is 3.750” to the radius at the tail.
Our customers have tested many other blades in the Henson including Feather blades. We plan on doing a test of several other DE blades and will include the results on our website. Until then we suggest using the ASTRA SP blades.
We have created an exit path for hair to flow out after it’s cut. This allows for gentle long strokes, with no clogging or interference with the cutting action of the blade. Simply rinse the razor in water to quickly remove hair and shaving creams.
Replace the blade every 3-5 shaves and when you disassemble to do so we suggest a light cleaning. You can use a soft bristled toothbrush and water, soap or mild cleaning solution if you wish. Dry and place a new blade in.
The short list we are unable to ship to includes: Ascension Island, China, French Southern Territories, Heard & McDonald Islands, Italy (1 of 110 provinces), Morocco, New Zealand (1 of 17 regions), South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Tristan da Cunha.
If ordering internationally, consider taking a look at our international distributors list to save on international duties and fees. You can find this list HERE.
You can purchase a blade bank specifically for razor blades or you can use a small jar, box, or other container. Your local pharmacy or drugstore may even supply you with a sharps container at no charge.
It can take years to fill up, at which point you can place it in your recycling or bring it to a metal/sharps recycling facility (depending on your local guidelines).