Ebonite Buck Rogers 28 mm PompeiiDark Holler Design Works, LLC
A very good friend in San Francisco (whom we met on the wet-shaving boards) suggested making a handle based on an old Made-Rite shape that appeared in several variants around mid-last-century. He loaned us two examples, which we blue-printed. Those drawings were very useful as references, but the project ultimately required making a fresh start from scratch on a clean page. The design that ultimately resulted clearly reflects its Made-Rite antecedents, yet it also turned out to be substantially original. The shape is solidly functional and ergonomic. The Buck takes a bit of extra work to finish, but is well worth the effort. The Paladin® Buck Rogers™ shaving brush is a blast from the past that should serve bowl and face lathering just about equally well.
At present, we only offer knots containing what is commonly referred to as 2-band badger hair, the characteristics of which combine resilient (springy) shafts with soft tips. High quality knots of this type are prized for their overall performance. The resilience of 2-band hair confers optimal backbone without excessive density. As a result, 2-band knots typically deliver superior lather production and flow-throughwithout sacrificing comfort in use. We offer these knots first and foremost because they are what we prefer to use ourselves. Please take care to note additional details regarding the various knots installed in listed brushes here.
Material: Pompeii Ebonite
Handle height: 54.6 mm ± 1 mm
Handle diameter: 40.7 mm ± 1 mm
Knot measurements: see accompanying front-side (top) photo.
Please note that exposure of Ebonite to scalding hot water should be avoided and that storing Ebonite in the dark will slow natural surface oxidation. Occasional polishing may be required to restore sheen. This is generally true for all products made from Ebonite (e.g., pipe stems, pen barrels, mouthpieces for fine woodwind instruments, and bowling balls).