August Harder Metallwarenfabrik and Wilhelm Steenbeck founded Harder & Steenbeck in In the fall of 1923 in Hamburg Germany. At first they produced electric parts for radio receivers and scientific lab equipment. Harder Steenbeck now strictly designs and manufactures airbrush equipment. They have been producing airbrushes since 1950. The company has developed a reputation for creating the highest grade airbrushes by combining cutting edge design and technology with superior quality materials.