On The Range Podcast # 87 - "Andrew Weiss" Veteran Founder Battle Brothers Shaving Co.

Andrew Weiss
Andrew Wiess joins the Show!! Hosted by Rick Hogg and Mark Kelley.

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Battle Brothers Soapologist

Andrew Weiss
Soapologist Robert found his passion for making soaps and hand crafts every Battle Brothers soap that goes out the door. 

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Founder Interview with The LifeLong Customer Podcast

Andrew Weiss
Interview with Andrew Weiss, Founder of Battle Brothers Shaving Co. on The Life Long Customer Podcast.

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Ladies - Not Using a Double Edge Razor? It’s Time to Upgrade

Andrew Weiss

Think about the last time you went to buy a razor. You found the shaving aisle. You’re facing a wall of razors. There’s a lot of pink. And plastic. Pretty packaging, all promising the smoothest shave, and the silkiest skin. Every brand boasting about having more blades than the next.

Why have three blades when you can have five? More is better...right? You grab the package with six blades.

Fast forward to using your new razor. You’re careful - trying to avoid any nicks. It does the job. But after toweling off you’ve got some discomfort. Razor burn here and there. It’s frustrating, but you deal with it. It’s really not that uncommon of a result.

Why is it that these razors promising an excellent shave rarely deliver? 

The problem is the blades. All of the extra blades are major overkill - and do more harm than good. We’ve been duped by advertisements telling us what's best. I mean, why wouldn’t a razor with six blades give you the smoothest shave ever? 

Multiple blades are detrimental to the quality of your shave, and the health of your skin. 

When you have multiple blades, they pass over your skin several times. Advertisements share the purpose is for the first blade to pull up the hair, and the subsequent blades cut it off. This lift and cut system sounds like you’re getting a super close shave.

Turns out...these extra blades start to cut the hair under the skin. This leads to hair getting stuck beneath the skin - causing the dreaded ingrown hair. These irritated skin follicles result in those angry, unsightly, painful red bumps.

Your intent was smooth, touchable legs. Now you have a tender red rash. 

What do you typically do when you get a bad case of razor burn? Take a few more days off shaving. The problem is the next time you shave with longer hair - this same problem is even more likely to happen. Your hair is longer and pulls more on your already sensitive skin.

It’s a vicious cycle.

Your shaving experience went from a routine, relaxing ritual to a painful regret.

It’s time to upgrade to one, double edge razor. We promise you won’t miss those pink plastic disposable razors.  The MkII Double edge razor paired with double edge blades is sleek and visually appealing. This high quality razor not only adds beauty to your bathroom, but provides that smooth shave minus the irritation. 

A single blade gives you greater control over your shave. One pass over your leg skims over the surface of your skin, taking your hair but leaving your skin. 

You get the smooth shave you desire minus the irritation, bumps, and redness.

Another benefit? No more clogged blades. Clogged blades accumulate bacteria, especially when sitting in your shower between uses. That’s the last thing you want on your skin when shaving.

If you want to increase the quality of your razor, and the results of your shave - decrease your blades. Try out a double edge razor - we’ll show you what a quality, close shave is really like.

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The State of Battle Brothers Address (2019)

Andrew Weiss

It’s been a long time since any of you here have heard from us. I want to give all of you a ‘State of Battle Brothers Address’ if you will.


During the time of absence, I have been hard at work on some really important developments! Let’s start at the top!


While the daily operations are supported by the wonderful and amazing customers we have, huge investment projects require additional capital. I hit the local entrepreneur scene pretty hard spending time in incubators, working with marketers, manufacturers, engineers, CAD teams, designers, developers, and potential investors. It has been a very busy year so far. I’m excited to say that Battle Brothers Shaving won several pitches to investors, grants, and veteran friendly business groups, securing capital for some huge projects that are in the works.

1st Michigan VetpreneurLabs Grand Prize Winner – MWest Challenge Top 5 Business Ideas 1st place – Business Pitch Award 1st place – Social Impact and Sustainability Award – 1st place – C.E.O. Business Plan Competition – Bunker Labs Detroit 3rd place​

I could not be more grateful for all the support that I’m getting from the shaving community. You guys and gals are such great customers! My team and I are constantly humbled by the positive emails and purchases that we keep getting during our first real year (2018) of sales! Nearly all of the profit we’ve had has gone right back into making what we have better, R&D, and innovation to try to develop new products and ways of running things. Some of you have been testing out different products and giving us your much appreciated feedback…so it’s not just all of us in the lab. This community has had an enormous impact in shaping what we as a company have been working on and towards. So thank you so much for all of your insight and input that you’ve contributed to this process.

 

So what have we been working on and where is all this big capital spending been going?


Well, over the past year we’ve been hard at work developing our first razor that’s made 100% in the USA! We’ve also been diligently working on developing the right tools, building the right team, and investing in the right materials. Like all things Battle Brothers, it’s always quality over quantity, with the highest standards that we believe we can achieve. We’re all so excited to bring something special to the market!


Introducing:

MkII Razor

The MkII Razor is made out of military aircraft grade aluminum. It’s actually made from the same aluminum as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The high-strength alloy we use has been tried, tested, and battle-hardened. We believe your day should start with confidence and quality. The new Razor is anodized military specification to MIL-A-8625 type II, class 2 for a smooth low friction coating. The 1st batch, or the founders run, will have a limited edition black on black recessed BB logo. Field strip with ease, this razor only has three parts for cleaning, maintenance and longevity. With care, the MkII Razor will last you a lifetime and may even be something to pass along to the next generation.


Products that are made in the U.S. are valuable. They contain the values of safety, worker’s rights, good wages, environmental quality, and consumer protection. As Battle Brothers Shaving Co. grows, we will be able to make more of our products here in the U.S.! Our long-term goal is to be 100% made in the USA. For now, we are excited to partner with a manufacturer right here in Michigan, that has been developing our MkII razor.

Using the MkII feels just as fantastic as you would expect. Personally, my favorite part is listening to the razor resonate with a beautiful *SHWEEING* as I make perfect glides across my face. Since the metal used throughout is so pure, I can nearly hear every single hair succumbing to its doom! I can also detect when I’m not at the perfect angle, which really ups my shaving game. It’s lightweight, so it requires a little extra situational awareness when using, but the payoff is worth it. After only a few shaves, I feel that I have a greater amount of control than when using razors of a more “standard weight.” Of course, this is a matter of personal preference and opinion. But man, I love the way it feels in my hand and LOVE the way it sounds! We at Battle Brothers look forward to hearing what you think as well! So be sure to give us your feedback when you use it.

More colors and options are coming, but we need sales to make them come alive.

Here is my selfish call to action: Continue to provide your feedback! And share about us, our primary way of growing are friends telling friends!

Remember,


Keep your friends close, and your shave closer!


Battle Brothers Shaving Co.

Founder Andrew

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Razor Blade Development

Andrew Weiss

Our development of Battle Brother razor blades was a roller coaster. Partnering, sourcing, manufacturing, packaging.

We determined there are two major factors when developing the highest grade blade possible. The first step was to find the best steel we could get our hands-on. Steel can come in an infinite amount of variations. Good steel actually can have a ‘shelf life’ before processing to put it simply. A steel brand we tried to procure but failed was Hitachi. For those unfamiliar with Hitachi they make some of the world's finniest chef and sushi fillet knives. A company in Japan using some of the same steel used to make samurai Katanas! A razor blade made out of katana steel? Hell yes we said! Hitachi will not sell direct, so we had to go through a middleman. A middleman will only talk to manufacture.

Step 2 – Find manufacture with the latest materials process and blade manufacturing procedures. There is a lot that goes into razor blade manufacturing. I’m sure this is circulating Badger and Blade and instead of me explaining how it’s done here’s the How It’s Made. It’s a fantastic representation of Double Edge razor development and would take far less time understanding it all.

 

Pretty awesome if you ask me! There are high quality manufactures all over the world. Our goal was to be manufactured in the United States. Contacting every US blade manufacture, they all told us they no longer produce here in America due to the high cost associated with it. We couldn’t believe it, an extremely disheartening chain of events for the team. Not being able to make these here at home made it a company long term goal to bring it back!

Months of research and interviewing manufacturers all over the world we ended up working with one in China. A tough decision because we are well aware that the “Made In China” stamp is often associated with poor quality. The team is confident that once our blades start circulating, we won’t have to worry about that.

Back to step 1 – acquiring the right steel. Working with our new manufacture and their suppliers we looked at several producers and their grades of steel. As luck would have it, we found Hitachi steel! Contacting our Hitachi Rep right before huge purchases we showed him the mill certificate. It was forged! Our rep looked into the archives and found that this steel was over 15 years old and had degraded too much for use. A huge save, as almost half of our capital has gone into the razor blade process. We also inadvertently started an international investigation on this supplier because Hitachi was pissed and wanted justice over selling their name on bad product!

Still, on the search for great steel, we worked with the next best find. If steel could be steak, it’s still filet mignon but a different cow.

Long story short, we are on our way developing our own blade with great steel and a great manufacturer!

The Double Edge blades you see here truly are high performance stainless steel. Mill certified with small, uniform grain. The processing that we use includes Teflon, nitrogen, chrome and platinum coating. Using a scientific measurement called The Vickers Hardness test or HV. This testing is to show how hard something is like a Dimond. The number of the object is then converted to another unit called a pascal. And a shit ton of math takes place. Like math, then see how it works here: Vickers hardness test – Wikipedia

For those who are not so math included like myself, the Battle Brother Blade are hardened and sharpened to 550 HV, which is outstanding. To give you reference, normal stainless steel has a 180 HV. It is important to note that a higher number is not necessarily better. A Dimond is 10000 HV, super hard right? That is why we see a surgeon’s scalpel blade sometimes made from diamonds. Finding the right balance to how sharp the blade should be so it doesn’t peel your face and giving you that super smooth and comfortable shaving experience.

In the end, we are so happy with how Battle Brother Blades have come out! We have had nothing but very positive feedback! I’m not going to share any because I don’t have intentions to be salesy. I want to provide you with the knowledge and process behind our great product so you can decide if these are right for you. I want you to know when we market our blades as ‘High Performance’ it’s not just some marketing buzz word attached to it. These are intentionally designed to be.

Remember,

Keep your friends close, and your shave closer!

Battle Brothers Shaving Co.

Founder Andrew

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About Battle Brothers

Andrew Weiss
The true beginnings of Battle Brothers Shaving Co come from my deployments to OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom). I was a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief for medical evacuation. Our unit was broken down into 4 smaller teams spread over 4 different locations throughout the country. There were 20-25 soldiers per team, with 2-3 helicopters each. Our mission was to provide medical assistance, support and evacuation to anyone in need; military, civilian, animals and enemy alike. Everyone was given equal treatment 24/7.
Living at a small forward operating base (FOB) has its own unique challenges. Month after month we ate, slept, laughed and fought together. As the missions went on, our bonds strengthened, a brotherhood was formed. Amidst the chaos of life on deployment, we found simple things to take joy in……like shaving! What started out as a requirement, turned into a hobby and then became a mission to find the perfect shave! Between the whole team, we had all sorts of razors, blades, brushes, soaps and techniques to test, try and compare. Through this process we discovered that, while using high quality products, each person needed a slightly different technique to achieve their own best shave. This little time of luxury, that turned into a group hobby, inspired my own personal quest of finding the best shaving experience for each individual’s customized shaving needs.
Battle Brothers Shaving Co. is a company for warriors, by warriors. It was born out of brotherhood, service and self-sacrifice.
With attention to detail and uncompromising quality, our products are designed to invite you into the luxury of customizing your own exceptional shaving experience. Our razors are designed for easy maintenance. All of our varieties of brushes are handmade and our razor blades are manufactured with high grade stainless steel.
As a professional, you want to look and feel your best, while preforming your best. You should also expect nothing but the finest performance in the tools that you use. Start the day in confidence, with a shave of equal quality.
Keep your friends close, and your shave closer.
Remember,
Keep your friends close, and your shave closer!
Battle Brothers Shaving Co.
Founder Andrew

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Our Razors

Andrew Weiss

Not all razors are created equal and here we’ll go into a little more depth of the origin of how we developed our double edge razors.

What goes into our Safety Razors?

Several years back we partnered with a medical manufacturing company. They specialize in making the intricate metal tools for a dentist. We approached them with Battle Brothers Shaving Co.’s mission, to work with us in developing a high-quality razor. A much simpler task from them! We set off making different variations, lengths, sizes weights and colors.

What we ended up with was a combination of the work. The handles are made from small blocks or rods of stainless steel. Then milling machines carve them into the what you see here. Now stainless steel doesn’t stain or rust as quickly normal steel does. To help prevent corrosion and extend the life of the product we apply the coating. It also helps make it look good. We market these as high performance because of its origin and construction process.

The heads are made out of brass. It was a no-brainer for us because they have little to no iron. It has a very low chance, if at all, or rusting. It can, however, over time become tarnished if not taken care of properly.

  • High performance stainless steel and brass head
  • Finished and textured handle for secure grip
  • Razor head angled for an outstanding shave, every time
  • Field strip with ease with only three parts
  • Dimensions 10.5×2.5×4 (cm)
  • Weight 3.68 (oz)

Remember,

Keep your friends close, and your shave closer!

Battle Brothers Shaving Co.

Founder Andrew

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