• 1911 •

High school junior Leo J. Wahl began experimenting and discovered the vibrating electromagnetic motor. Later as an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Leo Wahl designed a vibrating medical massager for his uncle J. Frank Wahl. Leo spent his spare time selling these massagers to barbershops, where he recognized the need to improve barber tools.


• 1919 •

On October 14, Leo J. Wahl applied for patents on his newly developed electromagnetic hair clipper, and manufacturing began at the Wahl Manufacturing Company. It was the first practical clipper with the drive motor in the hand, rather than connected to a separate motor through a flexible shaft. In these early years, Mr. Wahl concentrated on working directly with barbers to improve the efficiency and convenience of his hair clipper.

Wahl... Today

Today, with over 1,500 employees worldwide, we are proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. While much has changed over the years, our core values remain. 

Wahl... Tomorrow

Now in the fourth generation, Wahl remains family owned and operated. We proudly manufacture Wahl products at our World Headquarters in Sterling, Illinois, USA. Wahl products are sold in approximately 165 countries worldwide with six global manufacturing facilities as well as eleven sales offices. Our products remain the global standard for integrity, value, and efficiency. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of groundbreaking innovations for the present and future of the global market.