Ebonite Sumo 26 mm AuroraDark Holler Design Works, LLC
The Paladin™ Sumo™ handle-design was inspired by the Simpson IM3, (produced for I. Magnin, a former San Francisco-based, luxury department store). The IM3 is more commonly known as the Snowman or Bumblebee. That brush turns up in the wild very rarely. We were fortunate to have a good friend and collector in San Francisco give us two examples of the IM3 for study. We love the whimsical design; it’s hard to look at an IM3 or Sumo without smiling. But what surprised us is that the shape is also highly ergonomic. We’re pleased to make it available to wet-shavers again. Most will probably find the Sumo best-suited to 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: Aurora Ebonite
Handle height: 55.3 mm ± 1 mm
Handle diameter: 42.3 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).