BornSharp: Self-Sharpening Razor System

The first automated self-sharpening razor with a blade life of 5 years. Go green and get the shave you deserve, every time!
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BornSharp Team
Design
San Francisco
United States
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Introducing BornSharp: A fully automated self-sharpening premium razor systemThank you all for your input and support! 

See more about our product at BornSharp.com

Get a superior quality shave every time with the BornSharp Self-Sharpening Razor System.

Created from the quest for a clean, close shave without the dulling, waste, and cost of disposable blades and razors. The BornSharp system is poised to change the face of shaving as we know it. BornSharp's superior quality blade and precision sharpening port eliminate the need for replacement blades and give you the cleanest, smoothest shave available anywhere.

Start each shave with a freshly sharpened blade.

The two-minute automated system extends, sharpens, and disinfects the blade by itself. You get a close, comfortable shave with less waste and less cost, every time. The BornSharp razor blade has a blade life of 2,000-shaves. That's five years of daily shaving before the blade needs replacing. .

And ladies? Born Sharp can also keep your legs smooth and nick free, sexy and silky every day. After you’re done, place the razor back into its self-sharpening port and push the start button to re-sharpen the blade. With a fresh edge every time, he’ll never know you've been using his razor.

Better yet: Get your own BornSharp Automated Self-Sharpening Razor System for his and hers smooth shaves every time. 

What people are saying


– Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving 

“Today we have a product that uses modern technology.
  The gadget appeal is very high.”

– ABC TV KEYT3 Santa Barbara, CA

"A single edge blade that goes through a self-sharpening
  process after every shave."

– Badger & Blade

"Wow, this is fascinating! Great to see innovation happening
  in shaving tools and tech."

– Spades+Silk Sustainability//Fashion 

"BornSharp has met the modern day challenge of the razor’s throwaway mentality with cutting edge technology and innovation that carries outstanding performance."

– David Pogue / Yahoo! Tech

"Imagine: a single, nearly perpetual razor that gives you a baby-smooth shave to your exact specifications—that doesn’t fill the coffers of the shaving industrial complex!"

–  Mantic59 / Sharpologist

          "Q: Who are you aiming the BornSharp product at? 

A: People who take grooming seriously, prefer durable over disposable, and are willing to pay a bit more for a total shaving experience. Seekers of high quality and convenience"

What exactly is BornSharp?

The BornSharp System consists of a handsomely designed and balanced razor, paired with the Sharpening Port, which fully automates the sharpening process while disinfecting the blade.

At the push of a button, the BornSharp System delivers a perfectly sharpened, disinfected, shave-ready razor.

After each shave, simply return the razor to its port. Push the Start button and let it do its thing automatically. The Sharpening Port locks the razor into place until the blade sharpening cycle is completed. Two sharpening cylinders spin to sharpen and polish both sides of the blade, precisely restoring the shaving edge. The blade is bathed in UV light sterilizing and destroying any remaining microorganisms. The razor is then released and ready for your next shave. It happens in less than two minutes, with one button.

The technical

BornSharp starts with a high-quality stainless steel blade—essentially a straight razor in terms of blade material, geometry and wet shave characteristics—housed in a modern stainless steel razor. We chose stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 60; one of the hardest grades of steel, correlating to tensile strength. It’s stiff enough to hold an exceptionally sharp, smooth, and polished edge through shave after shave and it won’t deform over time. The blade edge is formed at an acute angle of 16˚, the sharpest angle for a clean shave. The result is minimal friction as the blade glides over the skin. 

The Sharpening Port employs 3D printer technology—precision stepper motors, a microchip, and controller shields—for exact sharpening. In 3D printers, the stepper motors position the extruder head. In the Sharpening Port, these motors position the blade and the sharpening mechanism. The motors receive and respond to signals from the chipset resulting in precise, thousandths of an inch movements, providing this fine-gauge sharpening on a repeated basis.

Our purposefully designed razor promotes a naturally correct shaving angle. By ensuring proper curvature and balance to the razor, the cartridge head glides easily over your skin, minimizing the risk of nicks, irritation, and tugging that result from angles of approach that are too steep or shallow.

Unparalleled ease of use. You don’t have to relearn how to shave with the BornSharp razor. Simply take it out of the box, lather up and shave normally. The razor is built to give you a great shave from first use. The razor weighs in at a well-balanced two ounces.

 

UV sterilization after every use eliminates bacteria that might irritate your face. Both the blade and cartridge face are sterilized each time.

Adjustable blade angle. We’ll ship the shaving system with the razor set to a moderate blade angle. The razor angle of approach can be electronically adjusted for an aggressive or milder shave, depending on your beard, skin condition and the shave you want. 

Adjustable blade sharpness. Some may want a blade that’s not quite as sharp as a straight edge razor, at least not initially. We’ve got you covered here as well. The system allows you to dial in your desired sharpness by reducing the amount of time that the blade is honed. 

The why (you gotta have it)

BornSharp is Good Grooming By Design TM. It’s shaving excellence for serious wet shavers, for men and women who love a smooth face. We've taken the best the world has to offer in design and engineering and upped the game a serious notch with every detail. We've collaborated with some of the great minds in wet shaving and challenged the norm. We've done it all for one reason: to seriously elevate the quality of daily wet shaving. You are going to love your morning shave.

A green routine. In the United States, shavers throw away more than 2 billion razors, blades and related plastic and packaging every year. We believe that good design can also produce the positive effect of reducing waste in landfills. BornSharp is about durability and sustainability.


End dull-blade anxiety. Dull blades are the culprit in shaving irritation. BornSharp's quality single blade holds its edge through every shave, and is sharpened after each shave. The blade never even approaches "dull." Your search for a comfortable, close, and cost-effective shave is over.

Born in the USA with patents pending worldwideThe BornSharp System was designed and engineered in the USA. It will be assembled in the USA from the best available components worldwide. 

The Team

BornSharp is the brainchild of Steve Worthington, who has long enjoyed the ritual of a wet shave. His view is that men spend too much time and hassle shaving with dull blades. He created a system that works great, generates less waste, and lasts far longer than disposables.

"Imagine: A razor system that doesn't need to be thrown away,
and a blade that you replace once every five years."

A mechanical engineer (BSME & MS Eng.) and businessman, Worthington teamed up with Creative Director Marijana Sarich, a men's grooming specialist with years at The Art of Shaving, and a robust top-tier team of engineers and industrial designers. The team retains the services of several experts with wet shaving engineering at “The Big 3.” BornSharp perfected its product during prototyping. We incorporated feedback and input from some of the best known faces in shaving.

Sharp Team: Inventor Steve Worthington, Industrial Engineer John Loftus, Copywriter Lorin Michel

We have experts in every field related to our project: engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, fulfillment, finance. Our core team is experienced in branding and formulating wet shaving products pre- and post-shave. We’ve got the skills needed to get a product made, out the door, and into your hands.

Thank You to all of you that contributed to this product & its development!

A paragon of both style and function, our razor brings enjoyment back to the shaving experience with a self-sharpening single-blade razor that provides a close, comfortable and consistent wet shave for life.

Why Indiegogo?

Our shaving system is designed for anyone who loves a great shave, which we believe is everyone who tries BornSharp. That's why we've come to you for help to make this project a reality. We need your help to fund the first mass production run of the BornSharp Razor System. We believe that consumers want a better, more sustainable shaving experience, for their skin, their wallet, and the planet.

Please help us make shaving history by contributing at whatever level you can afford. It takes passion, determination, and plain old stubbornness to bring an innovative new product to market. We know there is wisdom in the crowd, and we're at an important juncture. We need your support and we want your feedback. Your opinions, concerns, and enthusiasm count. You can make the BornSharp System a resounding success.

This project is by shavers, for shavers, and we're eager to get your feedback! Indiegogo allows you to communicate directly with us. This process will help our future offerings as well as shape shaving history. We're building this product together.

We are excited to bring BornSharp to the Indiegogo audience; an innovation-loving pool of thinkers and doers if ever there was one. Indiegogo brings great products to the world and we're happy to be a part of this maker revolution. 

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