Last November we posted parts one and two
of what is still envisioned to be a three-part series focused on Frank and Lynn McInroy, who (doing business as FrankLynn Technology) had a highly significant part in connection with Lee Sabini's resurrection of Rooney shaving brushes and subsequent establishment of the Morris & Forndran brand. Frank and Lynn have been very generous in sharing information, including CAD drawings for some of the handle designs they developed in collaboration with Lee. The last time those drawings were used to produce handles for Lee was in October of 2013. The now-classic Rooney Heritage and pre-2014 Morris & Forndran handles made by FrankLynn Technology were turned in Worthing, West Sussex, England on Austrian-made, benchtop, CNC lathes of the same make and type we use.
This is the fourth in a series of Paladin shaving brush offerings that pay tribute to the McInroy’s legacy. The first three featured broadly recognizable designs. This one introduces a handle design developed by Lynn McInroy that did not advance beyond prototyping. That might have had something to do with its original scaling, which incorporated a 22 mm socket diameter. We increased the handle’s size to match with a 26 mm socket. The result, in our opinion, is both aesthetically appealing and highly ergonomic. We are very proud to present the Amphora.
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-through without 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: Satin Somerset (polyester resin)
Socket diameter: 26 mm
Handle height: 64.75 mm ± 1 mm
Handle diameter: 39.25 mm ± 1 mm
Knot measurements: see accompanying front-side (top) photo.