Ebonite Sherlock 26 mm Cumberland HoneyDark Holler Design Works, LLC
The Paladin™ Sherlock™ handle-design will be recognized by many as resembling Simpson’s Keyhole; however, the general shape has also been used by other venerable shaving brush companies, including Kent, Rooney, and Rubberset (from at least as early as 1910). Although clearly derivative, the Sherlock is purposefully unique. First, we carried out a few rounds of iterative prototyping to settle on dimensional balance between the top and bottom sections; then we decided to slim the waist a bit for the sake of both eye appeal and grip comfort; finally, we beveled the bottom edge to further enhance ergonomics in use. Like the Sumo™, the Sherlock combines very simple geometric shapes that yield a surprisingly well adapted handle. This brush should serve bowl and face latherers 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: Cumberland Honey Ebonite
Socket diameter: 26 mm
Handle height: 53.4 mm ± 1 mm
Handle diameter: 38.55 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).