Hercules Sägemann Pocket Styler

coarse-toothed travel comb No. 372 WW – 62WW · 3½”, Germany 2018, Ebonite (natural rubber). Private Collection

The traditional Hamburg company “Hercules Sägemann” emerged from a subsidiary of H.C. Meyer (“Stockmeyer”). The foundation owed itself to chance. Experiments with hard rubber, a new material at the time, proved its particular suitability for combs. And so the Meyers founded their own comb factory. Even today, Hercules Sägemann still manufactures combs made of natural rubber, which have no cast seams and are particularly elastic. They are very popular with the Black community, as evidenced by numerous YouTube tutorials.