I am Andrew, the designer behind the Hone razor. Thanks for the feedback. I agree the video is certainly not a cinematic classic. My natural position would be to avoid becoming the face of any product. Having a personality attached to the design is often polarizing and my painful attempts at talking in front of camera get in the way of the product, but kickstarter is very much about putting yourself out there.
On the point about having a beard, I considered shaving for the video. I actually only grew a beard in the last couple of months as I had always been clean shaven and didn't know what the challenges were for men who wanted to keep some facial hair in a tidy fashion. So rather than full shaving I have had to learn to clean up edges, top line my lip, and trim under the nose with the Hone Razor. I figured this gave me a more complete picture of the range of mens shaving requirements when I was only personally used to the one perspective of being clean shaven.
Thanks for even mentioning my design in the same sentences as the Bevel and the Merkur. Both are beautiful products. On the point about grip, this was the main decision behind applying a textured finish to the razor. Although it is still a relatively fine finish the grip level it provides is impressive, even when covered in shaving soap. I might go so far as to claim that in practical application the handle provides as much grip as a chrome plated razor with a completely knurled handle.
I was always aware the cost was going to be a challenge. It is always possible to increase the batch size and get the individual cost down, and it was very tempting to do so, as I'm sure I would have secured more backers on kickstarter by now. But my intention was to start a business, and the low turnover of these products is never likely to result in my ordering a batch the size of a kickstarter moment again. So going forward the cost of the razor would be what it is, and so this is the correct time to test if the market exists. It is a difficult balancing act.
I hope that has offered some insight, any more feedback I would love to hear.
Beautiful products you've designed here, Andrew. Where are they manufactured?
I totally understand the beard, I have a (nasty) beard now, and it requires me to be better with my razor now then before. I will be saving up some pennies to get one when I can.
I found this from the guys on the shaving subreddit, and i'm pumped by it. The price seems fine for what it is to me. Not everyone will want one, but once people have them in their hands it will likely increase sales through referral. The video isn't terrible, its very direct and to the point. You are very well spoken.
The video's a bit of a laugh, very Jony Ive, but not bad. The razor however looks gorgeous and I'd love to get my hands on one. The 130 quids a bit much though lol. Understandably priced. Appears that the designer is from the medical field and so that explains the way he approached it.
Agree. The product looks beautiful, but the video is dull. Needs to be more emotion.
Some hot shots of the product + someone using it to a good beat and ending with "Start your morning with quality" would get me more in the mood.
I also think the person selling a shaving product shouldn't have a beard! Feels odd.
This is hot though:
Website is: http://hone-shaving.com/
Get a bevel. It is the best razor I've ever used.
It reminds me of Bevel. https://getbevel.com/
Yeah, that's the first thing I thought. Except the bevel is $90 and this is $313 without any skin care products. I will say that Bevel is the best shaving product I've ever used.
Thanks for the compliment, I am currently hoping to work with a machine shop in the UK, and a lot of the fast turnaround that was required for the prototypes, testing, and iteration was done in Hong Kong.
The beard has been a learning curve for me too. I look forward to sending you a Hone razor at some point. I can't wait to get the product into peoples hands. Trying to make a new product in an area like double edged razors; I think your right that referrals and reviews will hopeful provide greater confidence.
Thanks for your thoughts on the video. I have spend today re-doing both of them, and just updated the page. Hopfully they are a little more polished.
If you need a hand with videos let me know, you can hit me up on @timgauthier at twitter.
The bronze is nice. Looks basically the same as the merkur futur without the kink. It looks better but I've found the kink to be very handy to grip when there is soap on the razor.
Agreed. I use a Merkur Futur every day. When I first started shaving with it I thought it was slippery, but the kink does help to grip and control the razor. Regardless, it's nice to see someone promoting traditional/wet-shaving.