Tradition

For us tradition means, passing on knowledge, values, experience, passion and skill.

Then as today

My grandfather got an order to give advice on plastic combs and their static charge. To be precise he was asked to what extent a plastic comb can charge and to compare them to wood combs. It was established that using a wood comb does not cause any electrostatic charge while plastic combs produce up to 60 000 V/m at the comb and up to a few 100 000 V/m at the combed hair.

Already in 1985 it was scientifically proven that electrostatic charges have negative effects on your organism.

Extract of a report written by Prof. Dr. Anton Schneider (25.11.1985)

“Exogenous electrical malfunctions stress the organism. It’s a fact that there are more and more people who are electrosensitive.”

My grandfather describes in his brochure from the 80s a “new comb feeling” which is shared with every new customer.

Here’s an extract of his brochure:

Martin Groetsch:” An expert demands from a good comb that it’s well suited for intense scalp massages, even though I know out of experience that this very pleasant function almost fell into complete oblivion. A lot of my customers mentioned enthusiastically in unsolicited feedback a “new comb feeling” and a “experience”. Generally, they were mentioning wellbeing’s which they have not felt before. I will try to explain that natural process.

A scalp massage is more pleasant if you use harder comb teeth, in other words the better the tooth tips are polished. Some plastic combs are sprayed in a special way, so they have especially sharp tooth tips and force the user – in complete unawareness – to style their hair holding their comb in a lower manner to avoid the painful scratching. It is actually that easy to make many new friends only with a good comb.”

And that is exactly the passion that was passed from my grandfather to my father and onto me.

Combing does well and is healthy.

Foundation 1848

In 1848 A. Carl Groetsch founded the company in Burgthann and started the production of combs using various natural materials.
My father remembers that comb cutter machines, which are still a valuable part of the production chain, were powered by belt drives/straps. This was possible through an in-house hydropower in Burgthann.

Martin Christian Groetsch – the last comb maker Germanys

Martin Christian Grotsch – the grandson of A. Carl Groetsch moved in the beginning of the 19th century with many comb cutter machines to Rollhofen.

Next to the natural materials like horn, shell, ivory or wood, plastic was dominating in the end. The comb cutter machines were placed in storage and plastic injection molding machines were bought since not even the materials Bakelite and hard rubber could hold up.

I still remember many stories told by my grandparents that combs were missing and were missed after the end of World War 2. There were hardly any plastic granulates, so they had to shred toothbrush cups and cosmetic containers that were made from plastic to produce combs again.

Meisterbrief

Mid 19th century

That was also the reason why sons weren’t trained to become comb makers anymore but had to take an apprenticeship as tool makers. Thus, my grandfather became the last comb maker Germanys.

Hydropower in every generation

In the 1970s my grandfather Martin Christian Groetsch moved to Enzendorf which is directly located at the river Pegnitz. The first comb cutter machines in were powered by belt drives due to the hydropower Burgthann. In Rollhofen my grandfather was delighted to have the hydropower which produced the electricity that he needed for his machines. Considering that he chose a place with significant more water power.

Late 1960s

From plastic to wood combs

It must have been hundret-thousands of combs that were made by my grandfather annually. Back then there was no way of recycling sprues (excess plastic that accrues during production) and the emerging flash (thin sharp plastic) that was stuck on each and every tooth- if even wished for- had to be removed mechanically.

Another point was the electrostatic charge. Do you know that feeling of your hair standing on end when you are using a plastic comb? All of that motivated my grandfather to address/take another look at the material wood once again.

Oldest Groetsch wood comb

The oldest verifiable Groetsch wood combs that I could find are from 1973. My grandfather first used native woods like maple, cherry tree and beech to produce combs. But the customers were hardly interested in those. Only after using materials like ebony, rosewood, violet wood, sandalwood and palisander customers were interested enough for him to hire more and more people.

1980s

The ecowave of the 80s caused the exotic woods to be less profitable and the native woods became popular again.

1990s

In 1991 my father Martin Groetsch took over the company as master toolmaker and optimized various production processes.

Yes. The old machines stayed. Sustainable and respectful handling of resources like wood and horn are a big part of our corporate philosophy. That’s the reason why we put up notices that all length can vary.

My father was not interested in cutting off more wood just so the comb would have exactly the length of, let’s say, 18cm. Our customers have always been glad about that.

Due to the cooperation with eco-hairstylists we were able to make high-quality hair cutting combs and also an entirely new product – spaghetti lifter/ salad server.

Martin Christian Groetsch – the last comb maker Germanys

Martin Christian Grotsch – the grandson of A. Carl Groetsch moved in the beginning of the 19th century with many comb cutter machines to Rollhofen.

Next to the natural materials like horn, shell, ivory or wood, plastic was dominating in the end. The comb cutter machines were placed in storage and plastic injection molding machines were bought since not even the materials Bakelite and hard rubber could hold up.

I still remember many stories told by my grandparents that combs were missing and were missed after the end of World War 2. There were hardly any plastic granulates, so they had to shred toothbrush cups and cosmetic containers that were made from plastic to produce combs again.

Meisterbrief

Late 1960s

From plastic to wood combs

It must have been hundret-thousands of combs that were made by my grandfather annually. Back then there was no way of recycling sprues (excess plastic that accrues during production) and the emerging flash (thin sharp plastic) that was stuck on each and every tooth- if even wished for- had to be removed mechanically.

Another point was the electrostatic charge. Do you know that feeling of your hair standing on end when you are using a plastic comb? All of that motivated my grandfather to address/take another look at the material wood once again.

Oldest Groetsch wood comb

The oldest verifiable Groetsch wood combs that I could find are from 1973. My grandfather first used native woods like maple, cherry tree and beech to produce combs. But the customers were hardly interested in those. Only after using materials like ebony, rosewood, violet wood, sandalwood and palisander customers were interested enough for him to hire more and more people.

Foundation 1848

In 1848 A. Carl Groetsch founded the company in Burgthann and started the production of combs using various natural materials.
My father remembers that comb cutter machines, which are still a valuable part of the production chain, were powered by belt drives/straps. This was possible through an in-house hydropower in Burgthann.

Mid 19th century

That was also the reason why sons weren’t trained to become comb makers anymore but had to take an apprenticeship as tool makers. Thus, my grandfather became the last comb maker Germanys.

Hydropower in every generation

In the 1970s my grandfather Martin Christian Groetsch moved to Enzendorf which is directly located at the river Pegnitz. The first comb cutter machines in were powered by belt drives due to the hydropower Burgthann. In Rollhofen my grandfather was delighted to have the hydropower which produced the electricity that he needed for his machines. Considering that he chose a place with significant more water power.

1980s

The ecowave of the 80s caused the exotic woods to be less profitable and the native woods became popular again.

1990s

In 1991 my father Martin Groetsch took over the company as master toolmaker and optimized various production processes.

Yes. The old machines stayed. Sustainable and respectful handling of resources like wood and horn are a big part of our corporate philosophy. That’s the reason why we put up notices that all length can vary.

My father was not interested in cutting off more wood just so the comb would have exactly the length of, let’s say, 18cm. Our customers have always been glad about that.

Due to the cooperation with eco-hairstylists we were able to make high-quality hair cutting combs and also an entirely new product – spaghetti lifter/ salad server.

Today

2020 – Today I (Melanie Groetsch) manage the company as fifth generation.

The following points are important for me:

  • quality of the product
  • my passion to be connected with the nature and making combs out of nature for conjure up a smile in your face
  • live sustainability
  • for minimum: CO2 neutrale production
  • real handwork
  • respect for the resources of wood and horn
  • longevity
  • sustainalbe natural haircare