Wilkinson Sword | Our story

Important Milestones:

1772

Founded

Wilkinson Sword, was founded under another name, in 1772 by Henry Nock in London. Numerous innovations make him the most famous and successful representative of his guild in the British Kingdom. At that time, Nock distinguished himself above all by the production of innovative weapons.

1825

Renamed to James Wilkinson & Son

Henry Wilkinson, the step-grandson of Henry Nock, introduced the sword production in 1825, as a second line of business besides the weapon production. He gives the company the name “James Wilkinson & Son”. Henry Wilkinson was an all-round genius, whose talents were mainly expressed in engineering and natural sciences. Among other things, he also maintained business relations with the British royal family.

1889

1889

Pall Mall Street, London

1903

Introduction of the Patent Roller Safety Shaver

1907

Introduction of the Pall Mall Patent Roller Safety Shaver

The Pall Mall Patent Roller Safety Shaver – the successor to the 1903 model – enters the market.

1930

Launch of the Empire Razor

Launch of the Empire Razor, based on patents of H. B. Randolph, which was sold very successfully until 1953

1930

Launch of the stainless FASAN blade

Osberghaus KG, based in Solingen, Germany, is launching a stainless “FASAN” blade on the market. This seems to be already coated, although it is unclear today, with what this coating was applied

1955

Partnership formed between Osberghaus - Wilkinson 1955/56 & foundation Wilkinson Sword GmbH Solingen 1961

The partnership Osberghaus – Wilkinson begins. Osberghaus supplies the production know-how and production equipment to Wilkinson for a license fee. The stainless blade is launched as WILKINSON SWORD EDGE and achieves good sales figures. In 1961 the Wilkinson Sword GmbH was founded in Solingen.

1962

Wilkinson Sword Super Dura Sharp

1962

System T70

Launch of the T70, the world’s first razor with “integrated blade”.

1998

Compact

Launch of the Compact, a double-edged system shaver with a blade magazine in the handle.

1992

Protector

Launch of the Protector, a completely new design of double-edged system razor. It was developed and produced in Solingen. Numerous successful derivatives followed, including a ladies’ version with adapted design in 1994.

2003

Quattro Launch

Launch of the Quattro, the world’s first four-edged shaver! Developed and produced in Solingen. In 2006, the first four-edged razor for women followed, the Quattro for Woman, as well as the Quattro Titanium, whose blades are hardened with titanium.

2008

Product Variations Quattro

Launch of the Quattro, the world’s first four-edged shaver! Developed and produced in Solingen. In 2006, the first four-edged razor for women followed, the Quattro for Woman, as well as the Quattro Titanium, whose blades are hardened with titanium.

2010

Launch of the Hydro 3 and Hydro 5

Wilkinson Sword presents the revolutionary Hydro series, which helps to reduce skin irritation and maintain the moisture content of the skin during shaving.

2012
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2018

Product Variations Hydro range

Wilkinson Sword is expanding the Hydro range in 2012 with the launch of the Hydro Silks and Hydro 5 Power Select shavers.

With the HYDRO 5 Groomer the first 4-in-1 shaver from Wilkinson will appear on the market in 2015.

In 2016 Wilkinson Sword is expanding its HYDRO product line with the introduction of HYDRO 5 Sensitive and Hydro Silk Bikini.

With the development of the HYDRO 5 Sense with its unique Shock Absorb Technology Wilkinson enriches the HYDRO portfolio in 2018.

2020

Start of the new men's brand campaign

Our history is the pursuit of functional excellence, interwoven with the threads of tradition and design. We develop innovative products for men, helping them to express their individuality and style in the decisive moments of their lives. Then and now. This is exactly what our new brand campaign embodies.