For thousands of years, combs were made of a variety of materials, including wood, shells, and metals such as silver and later aluminum. Some of the combs which survive from that period have intricate designs and were made with great attention to detail. Particularly notable are early 20th Century designs by Auguste Bonaz in France and Georg Jensen in Denmark.
In the mid and late 20th Century, however, the market came to be overwhelmed by plastic combs mass produced by the millions. Such combs continue to dominate the market today. Most make no effort to provide any element of art or design; they are designed to be inexpensive and disposable; and are imported from anonymous factories in Third World countries. Chicago Combs, both in design and manufacture, are the antithesis of that. They are well made, beautiful, and designed to provide decades of comfortable everyday use. This is also true for our Carbon Fiber combs, which are made of a unique composite material that is far superior to any regular plastic comb. All proudly made in the USA.
As the maker of the first modern metal combs (laser cut and hand-finished) and the first professional grade Carbon Fiber combs, here are the guiding principles of our business.
Timeless Design. Chicago Comb Co. metal combs showcase timeless elements of design that transform the commonplace into the extraordinary. Chicago Comb Co. was founded on the principle that everyday objects should also be enduring works of sculpture and design.
Artisan Manufacturing. Chicago Comb Co. employs artisan manufacturing methods which blend the latest technology with traditional hand craftsmanship. Each Chicago Comb premium metal comb begins life as a solid, approximately one-tenth inch thick sheet of high quality stainless steel or titanium. This special material is precisely laser-cut until the shape and design of the comb emerges. Each comb is then carefully hand-finished for comfortable daily use. The result is the finest metal comb in the world.
Made in USA. One of our core values is local production. Our combs are 100% designed and made in the United States using the highest quality materials. Our combs are crafted from stainless steel made in Kentucky, and from titanium made in Ohio. Chicago Combs are precisely laser-cut and carefully polished in Chicago, and our beautiful custom packaging is also made here in Chicago.
John is the co-founder and President of Chicago Comb