The response from Sharpologist readers and the “enthusiast” shaver to the new OneBlade Core razor was dramatic. Since I live a day-trip away from the CEO, I dropped by a week or so ago to discuss the Core launch and OneBlade as a company with Tod Barrett, the CEO of OneBlade.
The response from the “enthusiast crowd” was well beyond what OneBlade expected, with the first production run selling out. Going forward, OneBlade wants Core to have an additive effect on OneBlade as a company, a complement to the original razor (now called Genesis). OneBlade is also hoping Core will introduce their technology to a broader market.
Other inspirations for the core include continuing to develop both razor and blade, to make a better blade and have more blade choices.
Obviously Core shares similarities and differences with Genesis. Genesis is 30% heavier and has a different hand feel. There are design differences in the head since the characteristics of steel vs. polymer (plastic) create different engineering choices. However the important specifications of blade gap, exposure, and angle are the same between the two razors.
A discussion about OneBlade would not be complete without going into their blade development and history. OneBlade is committed to research and development (R&D), particularly with respect to blades. There is a lot of intellectual property (IP) on blades, and OneBlade is looking at how to make blade edges better to give the customer a better shaving experience. They were initially committed to a proprietary blade until the discovered the Feather FHS blade late in their research. The FHS blade had the attributes they were looking for. OneBlade has since dropped the prices of the blades but are still looking at other options. De-spined GEM blades weren’t taken into consideration during razor development but OneBlade is committed to blade choices though.
The decision to make the Core razor out of polymer and have it produced in the United States was a conscious decision on OneBlade’s part. The Genesis will continue to be produced in China as a “hand made” product.
OneBlade (affiliate link) considers the Core razor as a “gateway product for the cartridge guy,” and a product for those looking for a better outcome for skin health. It can also be thought of as a travel razor for a Genesis user or as a way to try OneBlade’s razor technology.
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