Harry's Razor Blade Factory, Germany / by Alastair Wiper


This is Feintechnik, a razor blade factory in the small village of Eisfeld in Germany. A three hour drive from frankfurt, the factory has been producing razor blades since 1920 and is one of the very few highly specialised factories to do so left in Europe. In 2014 the factory was bought by Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider, founders of New York based shaving start-up Harry's, for $100 million. Harry's is trying to disrupt the shaving market and take on Gillette, and after starting out looking for the right supplier for their razors they figured out that it would be better to just own the supplier. So they raised a ton of money and bought Feintechnik and all of the German technical expertise that comes with it, as well as 400 employees most of whom didn't speak a word of English. It seems like things are going very well.

Shot for Inc. magazine - read the full story here. Check out Harry's razors here.

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