Hand Made Luxury Shaving accessories by Rodney Neep

RETRO
Barbershop Style
SHAVING BRUSHES

Retro styled shaving brushes - all different - but to a style theme
Round barrel top, a distinctive waistline for better grip, and a bulb ended bottom to the tall handle. The base of the handle is flat, and therefore it will stand upright on a flat surface.

Some are of a single material, and others segmented of two or more materials.
Prices vary depending on the type of knot and the material used.

 


My "Retro" shaving brushes are made to the same basic design, but as you will note, they are all different in size. That's because each one is individually hand made by eye. I prefer them to be different! I don't want to do mass production of exactly the same brush!

Segmented brush handles (made from two or more materials) are very time consuming to make. (That's why they are more expensive than the one part handles). A spigot with a dead square face is turned into the lower part using an engineering lathe, and then the top part is accurately faced and bored out to accept that spigot. Basically it is a round mortice and tenon joint, with the two parts joined with 2 part epoxy.

Once the glue had set (a couple of days), then I am ready to mount the blank handle into the lathe and start turning the shape. This is all done using hand tools, and therefore no two brush handles are exactly the same. Besides which, I like variation inh the brushes that I make. That's the creative and fun part in making them.

I currently have some superb Ebony (rare in this size!) from which I could make a Retro brush. Ask me!


ALSO SEE
RETRO DELUXE BRUSHES

A similar design but with a metal collar at the top of the handle.


Retro Deluxe Brushes



Claro Walnut Burl
SOLD




1508
Quartzite with Gold Veins
200 SOLD

 

African Blackwood
Above: My own boar bristle brush in African Blackwood and polished stainless steel. A labour of love as a brush for myself to use.



"That custom Rod Neep boar brush is so huge, it is really easy to overload... Keep adding water and I look like that guy in the Arko label!" [Michael Freedberg]

 

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#1725 and #1726 side by side for handle size comparison


#1756 Large Boar Bristle
SOLD


#2094 Lignum Vitae.
Boar bristle
SOLD

 


Alpolina shaving brush



#2395 - Retro Alpolina Shaving Brush

Alpolina is an unusual new resin. This is the first brush made from this material. Interspersed with the ice white bands are semi-transparent "milky" bands in a striped effect.

  • Handle height: 60mm
  • Height overall: 113mm
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 29mm
  • Knot: 26mm Extra Dense Silvertip badger
  • Knot loft: 53mm
115
Plus shipping

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days), other countris by post.
For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD


Tiger shaving brush
Tiger shaving brush


#2394 - Retro Tiger Resin Brush

A striking new resin. This is the first brush made from this material.

  • Handle height: 58mm
  • Height overall: 112mm
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 32mm
  • Knot: 26mm Extra Dense Silvertip badger
  • Knot loft: 54mm
115
Plus shipping

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
Other countries by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.


SOLD
stone shaving brush

chromite and gold
Retro shaving brush
#2326 - Retro Brush - Chromite Stone & Gold

An extremely classy shaving brush with a distinctive "WOW" factor. Jet black chromite stone with lots of gold veins.

This rare stone is incredibly hard, and really difficult to turn on the lathe, even using tungsten carbide tools. Worth the effort though.

29mm Select Super Silvertip Badger - Incredibly soft tips, but with a good backbone. Suitable for both face and bowl lathering.

    Handle height: 77mm
    Diameter: 38mm
    Waist diameter: 27.5mm
    Knot: 29mm Select super silvertip badger
    Loft: 53mm


160


SOLD



#2187 - English Yew Retro Brush

From a yew tree about 500 years old. Half sapwood and half heartwood (darker).

  • Handle height: 75mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 28mm
  • Knot: 26mm extra dense silvertip badger set at 53mm loft
  • Finish: yacht varnish

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD



#2109 - Retro Horn Manchurian

Faux horn (resin) handle with a 2 Band Manchurian badger knot. Ideal for face lathering.

  • Handle height: 59mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 50mm loft


Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD



#2097 - Dark Mammoth Retro Shaving Brush
2 Band Manchurian Badger

  • Handle height: 61mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 35mm
  • Diameter at waist: 28mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 52mm loft

An ivory coloured resin that represents stained mammoth ivory with greyish green staining. Topped with a 2 band Manchurian badger knot loved by those who prefer face lathering. The hairs are 1.5x the thickness of silvertip badger, resulting in a stronger backbone to the brush.

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush


SOLD



#2099 - Mammoth Ivory resin Retro Shaving Brush
2 Band Manchurian Badger

  • Handle height: 66mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 28mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 50mm loft

An ivory coloured resin that represents stained mammoth ivory with a little grey staining. Topped with a 2 band Manchurian badger knot loved by those who prefer face lathering. The hairs are 1.5x the thickness of silvertip badger, resulting in a stronger backbone to the brush.

(If you would prefer to have a select super silvertip knot in this brush, then let me know in the Paypal comments section at the time of ordering. Same price).



#2106 - Forest Flame Resin Retro

One of the very special resins that I have specially made for me. It glitters and glows like a flame when you turn it in the hand. Topped with the ultiimate extra dense silvertip badger hair knot.

  • Handle height: 73mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 28mm
  • Knot: 28mm Extra Dense Silvertip badger set at 49.5 mm loft

120

SOLD

 



The latest group of Retro shaving brushes. This gives an indication of the different sizes.
My "Retro" shaving brushes are made to the same basic design, but as you will note, they are all different in size. That's because each one is individually hand made by eye. I prefer them to be different! I don't want to do mass production of exactly the same brush!

Step by step full process of making a Retro style shaving brush


#2098 Retro Shaving Brush - Aztec Gold & Silver
2 Band Manchurian Badger

  • Handle height: 55mm
  • Diameter at top: 38mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 36mm
  • Diameter at waist: 29mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 52mm loft

An extremely unusual and stunning resin with bands of white, gold and silver glitter. It literally sparkles!

Topped with a 2 band Manchurian badger knot loved by those who prefer face lathering. The hairs are 1.5x the thickness of silvertip badger, resulting in a stronger backbone to the brush.

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush


SOLD


#2101 - Retro Shaving Brush - Aztec Gold & Silver
2 Band Manchurian Badger

  • Handle height: 55mm
  • Diameter at top: 36mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 52mm loft

An extremely unusual and stunning resin with bands of white, gold and silver glitter. It literally sparkles!

Topped with a 2 band Manchurian badger knot loved by those who prefer face lathering. The hairs are 1.5x the thickness of silvertip badger, resulting in a stronger backbone to the brush.

(If you would prefer to have a select super silvertip knot in this brush, then let me know in the Paypal comments section at the time of ordering. Same price).

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush


SOLD


#2100 Liquid Gold Retro Shaving Brush
2 Band Manchurian Badger

  • Handle height: 70mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 29mm
  • Knot: 26mm 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 52mm loft

A spectacular resin. Black with lots of flowing gold. The gold literally sparkles!

Topped with a 2 band Manchurian badger knot loved by those who prefer face lathering. The hairs are 1.5x the thickness of silvertip badger, resulting in a stronger backbone to the brush.

(If you would prefer to have a select super silvertip knot in this brush, then let me know in the Paypal comments section at the time of ordering. Same price).

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush


Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD

 


#2102 - Smelted Bronze Shaving Brush
Select Super Silvertip Badger

  • Handle height: 59mm
  • Diameter at top: 37mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Knot: 26mm Select Super Silvertip badger set at 51mm loft

A spectacular resin. Flowing bronze/brass coloured resin with metallic sheen.

Topped with a select super silvertip badger knot. (If you would prefer a 2 Band Manchurian knot in this brush then let me know at the time of ordering in the Paypal comments section. Same price.)

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush


Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD

 




Compared below with the more usual size of Retro brush.

#2103 - Jade Resin Retro Shaving Brush 
30mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger

  • Handle height: 66mm
  • Diameter at top: 42mm
  • Diameter at Bulb: 42mm
  • Diameter at waist: 33mm
  • Knot: 30mm Exttra Dense Slvertip badger set at 52mm loft

The stunningly beautiful Jade resin is always a favourite. This Retro is a LARGE brush!.

Topped with the ultmate in badger hair knots, the extra dense silvertip, which will create an immense lather no matter if you are bowl lathering or face lathering.

 

A stunningly beautiful shaving brush

110

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

SOLD



 


 

BRUSHES BELOW HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD



#1961 - Extra Large Retro - Ivory Resin

30mm extra dense silvertip badger. A very large brush!

  • Handle height: 100mm
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Knot: Extra Dense silvertip badger 30mm diameter, 53mm loft 

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
For Australia or Europe select the UK option and I will send it by Royal Mail post instead. For overseas shipping please let me know your phone number as the carrier needs that.

120

SOLD

 



 


Above #1768 with three knot variations:
Left to right: 2 Band Manchurian Badger; Select Silvertip Badger; Extra Dense Silvertip Badger

#1768 - Jet Black Short Retro Brush

A new resin material from one of my suppliers. This is the first time I have made a black shaving brush. Beautifully proportioned without being too large.

Available in three knot types:
(the knot isn't yet glued in, and therefore you may select your favourite now)Handle height: 64mm

  • Diameter: 36mm
  • Diameter at waist: 27mm
  • Knot: 26mm diameter (see above for choices).

Shipping by carrier (UK next day, USA 2-3 days)
CHOOSE KNOT AND DESTINATION

SOLD

 

 




 

Amboyna Burl shaving brush

 

#1863 - Amboyna Burl Shaving Brush

This is a very large brush! A handful.

  • Handle height: 72mm
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Diameter at waist: 33mm
  • Overall Height: 127mm
  • Knot: 30mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger. The ultimate knot. Set at 55mm loft. (No worries about face lathering or bowl lathering with this brush. It will take everything in its stride).

The world's most sought after and rare burl wood! Amboyna burl is described as the king of all woods. And this is particular piece displays some gorgeous grain. A mixture of straight grain, curly burl grain, and also with a large "eye" of pale sapwood on one side which is iridescent and moves when you turn it against the light. 

The wood comes from the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean between India and Thailand. Really high class AAA grade wood like this isn't cheap! I saw it, I loved it. I bought it! I just couldn't resist.  And now it will become a treasured shaving brush for a really fortunate person.

130
Plus shipping by carrier. Fully tracked and insured. (Next day delivery in the UK. 2-3 days to the USA)

 

SOLD



#1861 - Amboyna Burl

Made from the same block of wood as #1863 above.

140
SOLD

 


#1790 - Afzelia Burl Tall Retro Brush

28mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger
The ultimate.

The second (and last) brush made from the gorgeous Afzelia Burl wood. I doubt if I will ever find more of this superb wood in this quality.

  • Handle height: 92mm
  • Diameter: 36mm
  • Diameter at waist: 27mm   
  • Knot: 26mm diameter Extra dense silvertip badger set at 50mm loft.

FInished in oil varnish which is well impregnated into the wood and perfectly waterproof.

A superb high quality shaving brush in all respects.

140
Plus shipping

SOLD

 

 

 


#1769 - Red Coral Short Retro Shaving Brush

26mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger - the Ultimate!

A stunningly beautiful material which I haven't been able to obtain for about two years.

  • Handle height: 59mm
  • Diameter: 37mm
  • Diameter at waist: 28mm
  • Knot: 26mm diameter Extra Dense Silvertip Badger. set at 49mm loft.
    A brush to handle both face and bowl lathering with ease.
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SOLD


Bubinga shaving brush


#1766 - Bubinga Wood - Short Retro

26mm Select Super Silvertip Badger*

Rich reddish brown wood with a distinctive grain.

  • Handle height: 60mm
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 29mm
  • Knot: 26mm diameter Select Silvertip Badger. set at 53mm loft. (*Can be fitted with a 2 Band Manchurian badger on request)

     

    SOLD


  • Sycamore shaving brush


    #1770 - American Sycamore Short Retro Brush

    26mm 2 Band Manchurian Badger*

    A lovely lacewood grain with distinctive pale flecks.

  • Handle height: 69mm
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Diameter at waist: 27mm
  • Knot: 26mm diameter 26mm diameter 2 Band Manchurian badger set at 53mm loft. (*Can be fitted with a Select Silvertip Badger on request).

     

    SOLD


  • Myrtle wood shaving brush


    #1771 - Myrtle Wood Short Retro Brush

    26mm Select Silvertip Badger*

    A pale blonde wood with some grey grain streaks. Quite unusual.

  • Handle height: 67mm
  • Diameter: 36mm
  • Diameter at waist: 26mm
  • Knot: Knot: 26mm diameter Select Silvertip Badger. set at 53mm loft. (*Can be fitted with a 2 Band Manchurian badger on request)

     

    SOLD




  • #1512 - Bubble Ice Retro Shaving Brush

    An unusual handle material. Absolutely crystal clear resin which has air bubbles trapped inside it!
    Due to the diameter of the handle, this is quite a chunky brush.

  • Handle height: 65mm
  • Diameter at top: 40mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Diameter at the bulb: 44mm

    Knot: 26mm diameter Select Super Silvertip badger set at 54mm loft

    This badger hair knot has super soft hair tips, and will be ideal for traditional lathering in a bowl.

    SOLD

    BRUSHES BELOW HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD


     

    Lignum Vitae shaving brush

    #1754 Lignum Vitae Retro Style Shaving Brush

    WATERPROOF WOOD - LIGNUM VITAE

    Incredibly hard, heavy and extremely dense. Lignum Vitae sinks in water. In fact, this piece of timber was found at the bottom of a dock in Glasgow where it had lain submerged for over a hundred years! Once the piece was cut, it was as good as it has always been. Some of this wood found its way to my local wood merchant, and of course, I had to have some from which to make shaving brush handles. Waterproof wood!

    The wood is obtained chiefly from Guaiacum officinale and Guaiacum sanctum, both small, slow growing trees. All species of the genus Guaiacum are now listed in Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as potentially endangered species.

    That means that this wood can not be moved over international borders without special paperwork. I cannot export this shaving brush outside of the UK. (Well, it would be possible, just, but it would mean a lot of paperwork and form filling, which isn't practical). It is perfectly legal for me to sell it within the UK.

    "Lignum vitae" is Latin for "tree of life", and derives its name from its medicinal uses. It was the traditional wood used for the British police truncheon until recently, due to its density (and strength), combined with the relative softness of wood compared to metal, thereby tending to bruise or stun rather than simply cut the skin.

    The belaying pins and deadeyes aboard USS Constitution and many other sailing ships were made from lignum vitae. Due to its density and natural oils, they rarely require replacement, despite the severity of typical marine weathering conditions. It was once widely used in water-lubricated shaft bearings for ships and hydro-electric power plants, and in the stern-tube bearings of ship propellers.

    You get the message
    The wood handle of this shaving brush is going to last!
    I have a just a few pieces sufficient to make just three shaving brushes.
    This wood takes on a greenish tinge after a while being exposed to light.

    #1754 Retro

    • Handle height: 99mm
    • Diameter: 40mm
    • Diameter at waist: 29mm
    • Knot: 30mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger. The ultimate knot! Set at 54mm loft. The density of this knot means that it will cope with both face lathering and bowl lathering admirably.

    150
    Plus shipping by carrier. Fully tracked and insured.

  • SOLD


    #1731 - Ziricote Retro Shaving Brush

    Wood to take your breath away! Ziricote is one of the very few woods (like Brazilian Rosewood)that sometimes displays interlocked landscape figuring in the grain. Black growth rings intermixed with dark brown. A quite expensive wood, exceeding the price of some rosewoods, and the cost of some types of ebony.

  • Handle Hight: 98mm
  • Diameter at top: 41.5mm
  • Diameter at waist: 30mm
  • Diameter at the bulb: 42.5mm
  • Knot: 26mm Extra Dense Silvertip badger, set at 48mm loft. Excellent for face lathering.

    Price 130
    (option available to be fitted with a manchurian 2 Band Badger knot on request)

    SOLD



  • #1734 - Cocobolo Retro Style Shaving Brush

    Manchurian 2 Band Badger

    Always a stunner, Cocobolo wood has marked red and black grain.

    • Handle Hight: 94mm
    • Diameter at top: 34mm
    • Diameter at waist: 24mm
    • Diameter at the bulb: 34mm
    • Knot: 26mm diameter Manchurian 2 Band Badger, set at 50mm loft

    Those who prefer face lathering will love this brush with its stiff backbone. (2 band badger has hairs that are 1.5 times the thickness of standard silvertip).

    SOLD

     


     

    #1723 - AAA Grade Amboyna Burl Retro Brush

    The world's most sought after and rare burl wood! Amboyna burl is described as the King of all woods. And this is an AAA grade piece which is the best that I have ever, ever seen. 

    The wood comes from the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean between India and Thailand. Really high class AAA grade wood like this isn't cheap! I saw it, I loved it. I bought it! I just couldn't resist. It is doubtful that I will ever be able to make a brush like this again. And now it will become a treasured shaving brush for a really fortunate person.

    • Handle Hight: 95mm
    • Diameter at top: 40mm
    • Diameter at waist: 29mm
    • Diameter at the bulb: 43mm
    • Knot: The ultimate 28mm diameter Extra Dense Silvertip Badger, set at 56mm loft

    This is a large brush!

    140 (approx US $224)
    (Shipping is by courier, fully tracked and to be signed for).

    SOLD
    Just 5 minutes after making this brush available!


    #1724 - AAA Grade Amboyna Burl Retro Brush

    The world's most sought after and rare burl wood! Amboyna burl is described as the King of all woods. And this is an AAA grade piece which is the best that I have ever, ever seen. 

    The wood comes from the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean between India and Thailand. Really high class AAA grade wood like this isn't cheap! I saw it, I loved it. I bought it! I just couldn't resist. It is doubtful that I will ever be able to make a brush like this again. And now it will become a treasured shaving brush for a really fortunate person.

    • Handle Hight: 59mm
    • Diameter at top: 37mm
    • Diameter at waist: 29mm
    • Diameter at the bulb: 44mm
    • Knot:
      • Choice 1: 26mm Extra Dense Silvertip 49mm loft
        Essentially a face lathering brush with stiff backbone
      • Choice 2: 26mm Select Super Silvertip 54mm loft
        Essentially a bowl lathering brush with a softer action and astoundingly soft tips


    Left: With Extra Dense Silvertip 49mm loft - - Right: With Select Super Silvertip 54mm loft
    (Photos show two sides of the same handle)

    • With Extra Dense Silvertip 140


    SOLD


     

     

     

    Bloodwood

    #1732 Bloodwood Retro Shaving Brush

    This is a really interesting wood. You can see how it got its name! (It is actually a few shades darker than this photo captures it). It isn't as expensive as many of the woods that I use for shaving brushes, and therefore I can offer it at a lower price. When I saw some at one of my wood suppliers I couldn't resist buying a little as it was so unusual.

  • Handle Hight: 98mm
  • Diameter at top: 38.5mm
  • Diameter at waist: 29mm
  • Diameter at the bulb: 93mm
  • Knot: 26mm Select Super Silvertip badger, set at 50mm loft. (*Can be set up to 54mm on request for an even more soft luxurious feel) 

    SOLD

     


     #1733 - Afzelia Burl Retro Shaving Brush

    Unusually knotted afzelia burl. Simply gorgeous!
    28mm Extra Dense Silvertip Badger.

    140
    SOLD


  • Teak Burl hsvaing brush

    #1725 - AAA Grade Teak Burl Retro Shaving Brush

    Golden Teak burl, Gmelia arborea, is rarely seen on the World market. It grows in the western low land Himalayas in a variety of forest habitats, including tropical semi-evergreen, and deciduous forests. It also occurs in low alluvial savannah woodlands. The tree shows a preference for moist fertile valleys and grows best on high silt deposits near rivers. It does not thrive where the drainage is poor, while on dry, sandy or otherwise poor soil it remains stunted and is apt to assume little more than a shrubby form because of repeated dying back through drought.  These are the trees that produce the best burls as the tree is under stress.

    This particular shaving brush exhibits stunning grain with chatoyance (it moves in the light like a hologram).

    I am offering this lovely shaving brush (subject to stocks of knots) with the option of either a Manchurian 2 Band Badger knot or a Select Super Silvertip knot which is exceptionally soft and luxurious.

    Teak Burl shaving brush

    • Handle Hight: 85mm
    • Diameter at top: 37mm
    • Diameter at waist: 26.5mm
    • Diameter at the bulb: 38mm
    • Knot:
      • 24mm Select Super Silvertip Badger *56mm loft (may be set down to 52mm on request)
        or
      • 24mm Manchurian 2 Band Badger 52mm loft (may be set up to 56mm on request)

    * The ideal loft for bowl lathering and maximum luxurious soft feel

    SOLD


    Golden Teak Burl

    #1726 - AAA Grade Teak Burl Short Retro Shaving Brush

    Golden Teak burl, Gmelia arborea, is rarely seen on the World market. It grows in the western low land Himalayas in a variety of forest habitats, including tropical semi-evergreen, and deciduous forests. It also occurs in low alluvial savannah woodlands. The tree shows a preference for moist fertile valleys and grows best on high silt deposits near rivers. It does not thrive where the drainage is poor, while on dry, sandy or otherwise poor soil it remains stunted and is apt to assume little more than a shrubby form because of repeated dying back through drought.  These are the trees that produce the best burls as the tree is under stress.

    This particular shaving brush exhibits stunning grain with chatoyance (it moves in the light like a hologram).

    I am offering this lovely shaving brush (subject to stocks of knots) with the option of either a Manchurian 2 Band Badger knot or a Select Super Silvertip knot which is exceptionally soft and luxurious.

    • Handle Hight: 62mm
    • Diameter at top: 36mm
    • Diameter at waist: 24mm
    • Diameter at the bulb: 37mm
    • Knot:
      • 24mm Select Super Silvertip Badger 52mm loft (may be set up to *57mm on request)
        or
      • 24mm Manchurian 2 Band Badger 54mm loft (may be set up to 57mm on request)

    * The ideal loft for bowl lathering and maximum luxurious soft feel


    SOLD


    African Blackwood

    African Blackwood

    #1601 - African Blackwood Retro Brush

    • Handle Height: 95mm
    • Max. diameter: 37mm
    • Min. diameter: 24mm
    • Knot: 26mm specially selected silvertip badger, set at 55mm loft

    This is a large knot which will bloom out significantly after a little use. A monster brush. And the wood is simply gorgeous. One of the very best woods available. I am fortunate to have secured a small supply of this sought after wood.

    What people have said about this badger hair knot:
    "Really luxurious - a very nice knot"
    "Significantly softer than a normal silvertip, it's really quite decadent"

    Price: 120

    SOLD

    I have more of this wood if you would like a similar brush made to custom order.

    African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the primary wood used in the manufacturing of woodwind instruments - clarinets, oboes, flutes, piccolos and bagpipes. Mainly becuase of its natural resistance to condensation within the instrument. It is an extremely dense wood, and one of the very few woods that will actually sink in water. One of the heaviest and hardest known woods in the world. Whilst the species is known as blackwood, the actual colour of the heartwood varies greatly from black to brown to purple. This piece is black with some very dark brown grain.

    A great deal of concern has been raised about the over-exploitation of African blackwood and there is no doubt that demand for the species from the music industry has been a driver of shrinkage of the species’ range, with commercial stocks now only remaining in Tanzania and Mozambique, whereas previously they were found across many regions of Africa. In the absence of sustainable forestry management programmes, removing all the commercially valuable trees has invariably led to clearance for agriculture, which is ultimately the primary driver of the species’ decline.

    This African blackwood is from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.The highest standard of forestry management. FSC 100% fair trade African blackwood directly from the source in Tanzania.


    Boxwood shaving brush

    #1720 - Boxwood Retro Shaving Brush

    Boxwood is fine grained, dense and heavy! It is becoming much more difficult to find a good piece of this wood large enough for a shaving brush as the trees are quite small. Gorgeous blonde colours with slightly darker grain lines. This example also has a few darker brown inclusions in the grain.

    SOLD

     


     

     


     

    #1353 - Retro1 Shaving Brush - Amber & Ivory Resin

    • 26mm Extra Silvertip Badger
      (that's the ultimate extra dense knot)
    • 48mm loft for face lathering
    • Handle height 77mm

    A segmented brush with grained ivory resin at the top, having two 1/8" half round beads and a section of hand cut spiral grooves. The lower half is made from a translucent amber resin (transparent in places).

    140 plus postage

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    #1349 - Retro1 Shaving Brush - Oak Burl

    • 24mm Silvertip Badger
    • 50mm loft
    • Handle height 70mm

    Actually this brush handle was the prototype for the Retro1. I took an ugly looking piece of oak from the scrap pile and turned it on the lathe.... and the beauty of the wood just sprung to life! It has incredible tight squiggly burl grain, a superb chatoyance (that's the near horizontal dark and light lines that move in the light like a hologram, a little inner burl bark (stabilised), and even a small area of spalting near the base, surrounded with a black line.


    SOLD



    #1355 - Retro1 Shaving Brush - Tortoise and Ivory Resin

    26mm Extra Silvertip Badger

    • 24mm Extra Silvertip Badger
      (that's the ultimate extra dense knot)
    • 47mm loft for face lathering
    • Handle height 84mm

    A segmented brush with grained ivory resin at the top, with 1/8" half round beads and two sections of hand cut spiral grooves. The lower half is made from a translucent tortoise resin.

    140 plus postage

    SOLD


     

     

     

     

     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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