Portland Razor Co. tied up its 2nd year in business recently and it has been incredible. New product lines, new tooling, a new shop, and some new perspective; it was a year that cannot be summed up succinctly, but we can say that we owe it all to our customers and community! Thank you!
OK OK, we didn’t move into our new shop until last month, but we are too excited about it, so it comes first! We relocated our space to 3207 SW 1st Ave just South of Downtown Portland. The new manufacturing facility is about 1200sq. ft. and makes us feel right at home with dedicated clean and dirty manufacturing spaces, an office, design studio, and showroom! We will always jump at the chance to show fellow shavers around the workshop on a scheduled visit, so we hope to see you in our new home base soon!
In our 2nd year, we more than doubled our product offerings with the Artisan Line, The Sprite, English Bridle Strops, and shaving accessories from trusted partners of PR. We have been experimenting with bluing and other blade finishes as well. We feel great about these new products available now in the online shop. Most recently we have been flexing our creative muscles with our in-stock custom razors. Each completely unique piece comes from Scott or Hunter’s imagination - they are true art pieces of which we are very proud!
We have also been upgrading our tooling to produce better products -- what is the point of doing anything if you aren’t going to be constantly improving? Our shop is now home to a new digitally controlled kiln, clicker press, and laser cutter! The laser cutter paired with TherMark laser marking technology has completely changed our ability to customize razors. The artwork quality is immaculate and we are very excited to offer this as a customization option on your future orders. With all of these advancements in tooling and shop space, production is faster than ever! Thank you to all of you who are on the back order list and are patiently awaiting delivery. We are swiftly catching up and cannot wait to ship your PR straight razor.
Lastly, Scott’s health this past year pitched PR an unimaginable curve ball. Scott is an all-around healthy guy - the avid athlete, 8-hours of sleep a night, salad-eating type. His cancer diagnosis in 2015 came as a complete shock to the PR team as well as his friends and family. Though treatment was anything but easy, we feel very fortunate that Scott is in good health again after about a year of treatment and recovery. We created Portland Razor Co. out of a passion, and through Scott’s battle with cancer, we never lost the support of the PR team and community. We are ever grateful to have Scott back in the shop with us. Upon reflection, we feel strongly that spending time with good people and doing work that you love and find meaningful are paramount to our personal definition of success. There is no way we could ever explain how much it means to us that PR's customers afford us the privilege to be exactly where we want to be in the world.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are ready now more than ever and look forward to our 3rd Year!
Portland Razor Co.