Ebonite El Dorado 28 mm PompeiiDark Holler Design Works, LLC
Most highly prized among the vintage shaving-brushes/handles in our collection is a butterscotch Simpson M8 dating to the family-era. It is an exquisite example of both design and execution. The Paladin™ El Dorado™ handle pays respectful homage to the M8 and its maker; however, our interpretation also incorporates a few purposeful modifications. We substantially re-worked the bead, which also allowed us to open up the lower, concave section, yielding a more secure and comfortable grip. Then we very carefully scaled our design so as to preserve the overall proportions and balance of the vintage M8. The El Dorado should work just about equally well for either bowl or face lathering.
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: 60.55 mm ± 1 mm
Handle diameter: 40.8 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).