One of Storz’s first clients was a German development worker in Peru who was trying to quit cigarettes. His name? Jürgen Bickel. Bickel was a friend of Storz and joined the company after using the Volcano for a year. Together, the two officially named the company Storz and Bickel in 2002, wanting to ensure that their customers knew who was making their vapes and that it was a transparent process from start to finish, as many vape manufacturers would not interact with customers and outsourced their manufacturing and materials to other countries. Many of the choices Storz and Bickel make are a response to problems found within the vape manufacturing industry: that’s why they have always prided themselves on quality materials and transparency both in their products and even their all-glass offices.
Storz and Bickel eventually founded their factory and offices in Tuttlingen, Germany, a small town with over 500 device manufacturers, where they can oversee all aspects of production. If you’ve ever picked up or used a Storz and Bickel vape, you know that it’s quite hefty and feels very sturdy. Some say it reminds them of handcrafted smoking pipes made years ago--this isn’t a coincidence. Storz and Bickel does not compromise on neither the quality of their materials nor the fabrication of their vapes, even in an age where many companies outsource parts and labor for subpar products, so it’s easy to see why all of their products come with a two year warranty.
Interestingly, despite having such grand successes in the herbal world, Storz and Bickel never found investors in their startup and funded the company entirely on their own savings. Maybe it's the lack of investors to report to that gives this company so much freedom to create ingenious products, but it is impressive that one of the top vape manufacturers was started without any sort of official funding.