Wahl Clipper

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Wahl Clipper Corporation
Founded1919; 105 years ago (1919)
FounderLeo J. Wahl
United States
Area served
Key people
Leo J. Wahl
ProductsGrooming products

The Wahl Clipper Corporation is an American manufacturer of grooming products.[1][2] It is headquartered in Sterling, Illinois.


Wahl Clipper Corporation was founded due to Leo J. Wahl's patent for an electromagnetic hair clipper in 1919.[3] On February 2, 1921, he purchased a majority of the stock of his uncle's manufacturing company which made the clipper, and incorporated the business as Wahl Clipper Corporation.[4] In 1924, Leo Wahl patented a vibrating motor hair clipper.[5]

In 1965 Wahl introduced the first vacuum clipper, which allowed a person's hair to be cut without use of a cape.[4] The following year, Wahl produced the first cordless hair clipper using rechargeable battery technology.[4]

In 1971, it started an electronics division with the first cordless and rechargeable soldering iron.[4]

In 1975, Wahl released a line of back and foot massagers utilizing the vibrating motor technology used in their hair trimmers.[4]

In 1984, Wahl invented the first cordless consumer beard and moustache trimmer, Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmer.[4]

In 1987, Wahl launched Miami Device.[6]

In 1996, Wahl acquired Moser Elektrogerate GmbH.[4]

In 2001, it patented the first vacuuming consumer beard trimmer, the Trim N Vac. Wahl manufactures its clippers and trimmers in its own factories in Sterling, Illinois; parts come from Germany, England, China, and Hungary, while international plants are present in China, England, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan.

In 2006 Wahl licensed the For Dummies brand from John Wiley & Sons publishing company and launched the Home Hair-cutting for Dummies product line.


  • Leo J. Wahl[4]
  • Warren P. Wahl[4]
  • Jack Wahl[4]
  • Gregory Wahl[4]


  • Wahl
  • Moser
  • Lister
  • Groom Ease

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WAHL IN THE FAMILY. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com.
  2. ^ Quenqua, Douglas (September 28, 2011). "Trial Run". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ Colman, David (April 28, 2005). "DRESS CODES; Shaggy Chic: The Call of the Semi-Wild". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Wahl Clipper Corporation | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com.
  5. ^ Aeppel, Timothy (24 February 2006). "Savior or Villain?". Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ Quenqua, Douglas (September 28, 2011). "If a Close Shave Is Just Too Close". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wahl, John F. (2005). "WAHL," The History of Wahl Clipper Corp.
  • Sherrow, Victoria (2023). Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History, 2nd Edition

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