Hand Made Luxury Shaving accessories by Rodney Neep

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Measurements are approximate and may vary slightly from those stated. Each brush handle is individually turned on the lathe with hand tools, so they will all be slightly different. They all have the same classical urn shape and the same features though.


So why the Dreadnought?

The Dreadnought was a type of British battleship. The first was HMS Dreadnought which was introduced into service with the Royal Navy in 1906, and which revolutionised sea warfare.

In fact, after 1906 all large battleships became known as Dreadnoughts, and some were also built for the US Navy.


 

These brushes hold a lot of water! One loading of hard shaving soap can provide enough lather for three latherings (three pass shaving), and still some left over at the end!

This picture shows the amount of lather left after three latherings with my prototype Dreadnought.

Deluxe brush and razor stand

(Optional extra) with a column in the same material as your brush handle.

The groove in the  handle of the Dreadnought Brush is designed to hang in this stand, or any other similar tall type brush stand.

Stand from 50.00 depending on materials
(Not available in some resins)

LUXURY SHAVING

SPECIAL EDITION
THE DREADNOUGHT SHAVING BRUSH

Shaving brushes
individually hand made by Rodney Neep

Each piece has an individual serial number,
and comes with a certificate signed by Rodney Neep.

The "Dreadnought" features a sumptuous 26mm (or even a 28mm) knot of the ultimate "Extra Silvertip" badger hair. That's another step up from the silvertip!

The Anatomy of the Dreadnought Shaving Brush

Large "urn" shape.

  1. 26mm Extra Silvertip knot.
    The brush has very soft tips for comfort, and yet is so closely packed that the hairs themselves have a good stiff "backbone". Apply pressure to the end of the hairs, and they take quite a lot before they bend. Ideal for face lathering and yet still perfect for working up a lather in a bowl or scuttle. The brush holds a lot of water when wet!
  2. Slight curve to the profile of the top of the handle
  3. 1/8" decorative half round bead near the top of the handle
    NOTE: Not on wood handled brushes.
  4. Convex "urn" shape to the body of the handle.
    This is what I call a "three finger brush", as you can wrap three fingers around the handle, with the base resting on the little finger.
  5. 1/8" decorative half round bead
  6. Groove to hang the brush on a tall type brush stand. The groove is about 24.5mm (a little less than 1") diameter to fit proprietory stands.
  7. 1/4" half round bead at the base for comfort
  8. Slight "dish" shape to the base. Actually, a flat base will often wobble when you stand the brush up on its base. That's why I dish the base ever so slightly. It always stands on its "rim" without a wobble.
  9. Decorative circle in the base is now discontinued.

 

This one is the prototype of the Dreadnought shaving brush. I use it myself.

  • Handle height 56 to 59mm (2.2" to 2.3")
  • Handle diameter at top 38mm (1.5")
  • Handle diameter at narrow part 29mm (1.15")
  • Diameter at base 38mm (1.5")
  • Knot 26-28mm Extra Dense Silvertip badger
  • Brush loft 53-55mm or 50mm on request
  • Weight 88g (3.1oz)

This brush holds a huge amount of water! 88 grams when dry and 122 grams when wet. That's 34 grams of water, or 34 cubic centimetres! (That's 2 cubic inches of water!)

 

As each brush handle is individually made on the lathe with only hand tools, dimensions may vary slightly.



Prices:

Dreadnought (26-28mm knot) :
110 in standard resins
120 for special resin
130 in woods

Now also available to special order

  • 160 in Exotic Stones (see stones)
  • 165 in Exotic Stones with gold metallic veins

Note: Only dense woods are suitable for making a Dreadnought brush, such as Lignum Vitae, Ebony, African Blackwood, Olive, etc.

Shipping:

UK 7.50
Other EU countries 8.80
Rest of the world 9.90

Tracked and to be signed for on delivery

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If you do not see a Dreadnought brush here that you you like, or if it is already sold, then I would be very happy to make one for you in any of the high quality resins. (Most of my work is now done to special order, and I have little time to make brushes for stock).

Email me: brushmaker@pensoftheforest.co.uk


"Greetings Rodney, I recently purchased a Dreadnought Extra SilverTip. It's been used several times and is starting to bloom. Here is my review: if funds allowed, I would purchase another brush right now! This is the brush I want to use for the rest of my life. I've never used anything but Silvertip brushes, but You are on to something with the Extra Silvertip..they really are astounding. The Dreadnought holds a HUGE amount of water, thereby building a great lather. I'm a slantbar fan, and like to shave extremly close. All my shaves with the Dreadnought have left my skin soft, supple and completly free of irritation and redness. Thanks for a great brush...I will purchase more!" - Wayne J


DREADNOUGHT SHAVING BRUSHES CURRENTLY FOR SALE

These "Extra Dense Silvertip" badger hair knots are specially made for me to my own specifications.

If you would like a Dreadnought the same as one which has been sold, then email me at brushmaker@pensoftheforest.co.uk and I can make one for you (subject to the availability of the 26mm badger knots).

 



Biotite schist shaving brush

stone shaving brush
#2325 - Dreadnought - Biotite Schist Stone

Schist is a metamorphic rock and can take many forms. This piece is mainly biotite (black mica) with white quartzite veins.

The end result when turned into a brush handle on the lathe is stunning.

  • Handle height: 61mm
  • Diameter: 37mm
  • Groove diameter (to fit stand): 24mm
  • Knot: 26mm Extra dense silvertip badger
  • Knot loft above handle: 54mm
This brush will hold a huge amount of water! 34 grams of water, or 34 cubic centimetres! (That's 2 cubic inches of water!) That means that it will produce the most sumptuous lather possible.

I set the extra dense silvertip badger knot at a tall 54mm because that's how it will work best! Trust me. It will work superbly for both bowl and face lathering.

Price: 140
(plus shipping)

SOLD









Malachite shaving brush

Malachite shaving brush




#2323 - Dreadnought - Banded Malachite Stone

This is the shaving brush that I have always wanted to make, (and this is the 864th brush that I have made) but until now I have never been able to obtain this gorgeous banded malachite stone in a size suitable for a large brush.

Malachite is an ore of copper.
malachite

  • Handle height: 65mm
  • Diameter:36mm
  • Groove diameter (to fit stand): 25.15mm
  • Knot: 26mm Extra dense silvertip badger
  • Knot loft above handle: 55mm
This brush will hold a huge amount of water! 34 grams of water, or 34 cubic centimetres! (That's 2 cubic inches of water!) That means that it will produce the most sumptuous lather possible.

I set the extra dense silvertip badger knot at a tall 55mm because that's how it will work best! Trust me. It will work superbly for both bowl and face lathering.

Price is quite a bit higher than the normal Dreadnought brushes due to the rareness and cost of the stone, plus the fact that it is so much more difficult to work with. But it is worth the extra for such a phenominal shaving brush!

Price 160
plus shipping by Royal Mail Special Delivery

SOLD









 

#1522 Dreadnought Shaving Brush - Claret Pearl & Clear Resin

As if the Dreadnought wasn't a really great shaving brush, I have made one that is even more special. It has one of the more expensive resins, a pearlised claret for the upper section and the base, with a 1" clear section between them.

It is an absolute beauty!

  • Handle height: 58mm
  • Max diameter: 35mm
  • Groove 24.5mm at the base for hanging on a stand if you wish
  • Knot: 28mm Extra dense silvertip set at 51mm loft.

This brush will handle either face lathering or bowl lathering with ease.

SOLD

(That sold fast... I need to make some more Dreadnought brushes. Send me an email if you would like to have one).

 



 



The Dreadnought brushes below have now been sold.

These days most of the brushes that I make are to special order, and I often have quite a waiting list. If you would like one the same as one which has been sold, then email me at brushmaker@pensoftheforest.co.uk and I can make one for you (subject to the availability of the 26mm badger knots).


Burl wood bonded to fire resin

My own (prototype) Dreadnought brush after being used many times. It has now bloomed nicely, but still retains its good backbone.

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As a special one for myself, I inset a farthing coin (my birth year) into the base of the handle.


Above: a tortoise Dreadnought shaving brush used and bloomed.

Below: an ivory Dreadnought shaving brush.


What happens if I don't like the brush?

Buying sight-unseen on line from a photo on a web page is not always easy. I appreciate that. I am sure that you will like my brushes once you handle them, but if for any reason you are not satisfied, then assuming that you have not used the brush then first email me at brushmaker@pensoftheforest.co.uk  and I will make a full no-hassle refund, (You pay the postage both ways). Brushes returned must be returned in the same packaging, and if sent from outside Europe the packet MUST be marked on the customs slip "Return to maker for full refund", otherwise UK customs will charge me 20% VAT and import duty plus a collection fee!


Dreadnought shaving brush in ivory resin







#1453 - Dreadnought in Blue lapis - Sold


#1452 - Malachite Green Resin - Sold


#1390 - Cobalt Blue - Sold


#1372 - Jade


#1351 - Tortoise Resin short Dreadnought & stand - Note that I now recommend my hand cut spriral grooving on tortoise resin as it has parts which are transparent, and that helps to hide to knot base inside the handle. Sold


Customer's photograph of a special Dreadnought in Kenya Stone.


#834 - Tortoise - Sold


#833 - Ivory Resin - sold

 

 


#1442 - Ivory Resin with Stand - sold


#1389 - Jade with Stand - sold


#1386 - Amber Resin with stand - sold


#1327 Tortoise Resin - Sold


#1196 - Tortoise Resin & Stand - sold


#832 - Malachite Green Resin - sold


#831 - Jade - Sold


#830 Coral Resin - sold

 


 Lignum Vitae Dreadnought shaving brush
Lignum Vitae is a waterproof wood! It turns an olive green colour on exposure to light.



Note that wood handled brushes do not have the extra 1/8" beading near the top of the handle.




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