Exotic burl

#1
Does anyone know what's up with Rod Neep? I gather he was sick but his website work orders hasn't been updated in a couple years and he never responded to my emails.

I had my hopes pinned on Thater but what he showed me (left) didn't compare with the burled handle on his website I'm obsessed with (right)


I'm beginning to lose hope of finding a swirly burled handle and should possibly just settle for an imitation tortoise from Shavemac.

Any suggestions?
 
#7
Not two wood handles look alike so ordering custom can be a challege for both parts
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Worth a look http://www.eliterazor.com/product-category/shaving-brushes/wood-brushes/
I absolutely appreciate that and have made that clear in all my communications. That's why Thater had me waiting for several months and took the time to send me pictures which was very cool of them.

I'm pretty excited Elite Razors might be able to help me out. They have black walnut burl and ironwood so there's hope yet.
 
#10
No update on Rod. Never heard back from him. :(



However I did reach out to Bob at Elite Razors who has the dark walnut burl I'm after. Thank you @Nisse for the suggestion!

I've commissioned a 26mm manchurian like the right-hand handle along with a shave stand and pen from the same wood blank. It is currently in progress and I'll keep you posted.
Re: Rod Neep. He seems to have dropped off the radar completely, which is not a good sign. I see from his website that he was moving house in November 2016 to Lydney in Gloucestershire, and he gives an address and a landline phone number. I suppose that if anyone wanted to, they could either write to him (by post) or try the phone number, to see if there is a response.

I have had some superb brushes and handles from him over the years, and they are of exceptional quality. I have one of the 9 Ursa Major LE brushes, along with a matching bespoke handle, and I haven't yet brought myself to use the brush.

Nice burl brushes, by the way.
 
#12
#19
I finally took delivery of my brush today!



All in all given Bob's prices were really good so even with the $60 shipping and customs charges you really wouldn't feel the total cost was completely unjustified. So I figure brush €220, stand €80, and pen €60 are prices I'd happily pay in the EU which adds up to my total expense. I can live with it.

So to finally look at them in person I'm just blown away. In normal room lighting they are not shiny like Bob's picture above and the burl is more a muted mottled dark brown. This is also what I wanted as I didn't want anything garish and wanted it to be a subtle piece that you naturally want to get a closer look at. Of course to look at the burl under my sink light or daylight and you can see the incredible detail and I really feel lucky with the blank Bob used has the burl effect I was after. The craftsmanship is amazing although I have a few tiny quibbles. The stand has a slight wobble and there was a little nick in the wood but it was easy to loosen and rotate that to face the back and cover the nick with a sharpie. The handle is perfectly turned and sealed and I'm looking really close. Rubbing the brush against my palm I did get one stray hair but I'm not worried. The knot is really dense with loads of backbone. I just stopped writing this to go do a test bowl lather and man it whipped up a huge amount of lather and no stray hairs. Although it's 26mm with this amount of backbone it's hard to imagine it splaying wide like a mop so I think this size works with this density. The handle shape is really comfortable too and just a bit larger to keep those extra tough lathering sessions cramp free. The handle is balanced and looks heavier than it's 63g. I requested no logo and was concerned how the top of the handle would look but it's perfect with a subtle concave depression. The finish was a tiny bit tacky but now after a rinse the miniscule amount of grittiness is smoothing out. The pen is fat and chunky but a bit light. There's also a ridge on the ring at the tip which might dig in when writing but I really just use it for office, not longhand, use so that probably won't be an issue. I also ordered an onyx pen which is a great weight and I'm glad I threw it in.

So, at last, my quest is at an end.
 
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