Thursday, May 5, 2011

How the brushes are made

The brush heads are hand made in China by a manufacturer that has been in business for over 20 years. Workers are expected to train for three months before making knots with lower grades of synthetic materials, boar and pure badger hair. After a year or more they have to pass a rigorous test before being allowed to make brush heads with the highest grades of hair used exclusively by New Forest Brushes.

Handles are now made by hand in the New Forest, England. Handles are shaped on a lathe using traditional hand tools. So each brush handle is unique because although similar, there will always be slight variations - the hallmark of genuine hand made shaving brushes.

A variety of high quality cast polyester resin materials are to be used in the making of handles, including natural looking ivory, ebony, bone, horn, tortoiseshell and alpalina.

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