The Single Edge is an innovative version of the vintage safety razor; it's a razor that is easy to use, adjustable - and, of course, much nicer to look at than your average razor.
You can learn more about - and pre-order the razor - on the Single Edge's Kickstarter page.
Patrick Coddou is the creator of the Single Edge. In this interview, he shares the story behind the Single Edge, explains what the Single Edge and how it's different than a regular razor, and advice on shaving.
Let's start with you and your story. What is your background? And what motivated you to launch your company and create the Single Edge?
Patrick: A few years back, my best friend and I were so dissatisfied with our shaving experience that we set out to find the best razor through a razor review website.
After reading thousands of reviews and testing many styles of blades, I found the injector-style razor to be the best way to shave. Since the razor has been out of production for awhile, I took the vintage design and reinvented it to a modern, stainless steel razor for a new generation.
What exactly is the Single Edge? And how is it different than a regular razor?
Patrick: The Single Edge is an injector-style razor that utilizes a single, easily replaceable blade.
One distinguishing trait of our safety razor is that you don't have to handle the blade in order to swap it out. Instead, you insert a preloaded blade magazine into the Single Edge and slide the lever to easily swap out the blade in the razor.
It is also very familiar in design to anyone who has not used a safety razor before and can fit into any shaving routine.
Last, it comes with a customizable option for changing out settings that range from a mild to aggressive shave.
How did you go about designing the Single Edge?
Patrick: I spent hours and hours agonizing over the details in CAD on my laptop. I looked at many of the vintage injector razor designs and reinvented them to be clean, modern, and minimalistic.
It took machining about a dozen prototypes from a lab in New York to get to our final prototype that you see in our Kickstarter page.
We are proud of the final result!
You're currently raising money on Kickstarter? How is the campaign coming along? And what's the most surprising thing about running a Kickstarter campaign?
Patrick: We are humbled and thrilled to say that we funded our original goal in less than 24 hours. We are now on our way to raising almost three times that amount. It has been so overwhelming to see the incredible feedback and response that we have had from so many people here in the states and from around the world.
It is one thing to believe that you have a great product, but it's another to see hundreds of people emphatically agreeing with you.
How do you plan on manufacturing your razors?
Patrick: We are currently working on finalizing the details for our manufacturing. Check back with us in a few weeks :)
In your opinion, what's the biggest mistake that guys make when it comes to shaving?
Patrick: Believing that more blades on your razor will give you a better shave.
Despite what you've been told all these years, shaving with one blade really is better. It gives you just as close of a shave as your multi-bladed razor, but with much less irritation.
It's pretty simple, really - more blades means more friction, and friction irritates your skin. That's why millions of men all over the world enjoy single-bladed shaving - and prefer it to multi-bladed.
If you could give just one shaving tip to men, what would it be?
Patrick: Always go with quality products - razor, cream, brush, and aftershave.
You may pay a little more upfront, but you will save money in the long run. And you will have an overall better and more meaningful shaving experience.
How can people follow what you're up to and contribute to your campaign?
Patrick: Great question! Head over to our Kickstarter page to check for updates and to pre-order your Single Edge now.
Thanks to Patrick for the interview!
As an FYI, the Kickstarter project will be funded on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 - so you have about a couple of weeks to take a look and support Patrick and his team.