These beautiful shaving brushes have been crafted from Stuuning Mozambique Panga Panga and Wild Mango woods. Each wood has its own unique characteristics, from the dark tones in the dense Panga Panga to the bright colourful light Wild Mango.
The 2nd Panga Panga handle has been accented on the end with an old Irish 5p coin from 1982. A little throwback to our old currency used here before the euro.
These woods each have beautiful intricate grain running through them, and with the silvertip badger hair knot, will provide an excellent shaving experience. You can read about the origin of the woods below.
A badger hair brush is an important part of traditional shaving and this will add a touch of quality to your shaving supplies. Men's shaving brushes are always a well-received gift at any time of the year. Custom wet shaving supplies are becoming ever more popular as men want to take shaving from being a chore, to something that re-energizes them and makes them feel at their best.
There are 3 different brushes shown above. Each has 3 pictures in order from left to right. Just choose 1,2 or 3 when purchasing your desired unique brush.
Silvertip hair is to be found only in the neck region of the badger. Silvertip badger hair is sorted by hand and stands out because of the pronounced black and white banding on the hair. Silvertip is the highest grade of badger hair and gives the softest as well as the most luxurious natural tip available.
Panga Panga is unique to Mozambique. Panga Panga is extraordinary in its rarity as it is only found, in commercially viable quantities, in
Mozambique. Its dark colours, with rich parenchyma bands, brings a touch of the exotic to finished pieces. The heartwood is dark chocolate brown with paler broad bands. At 880kg/m3 the heartwood is extremely durable.
This wood is predominately found in central Mozambique. Wild Mango is a stunning deep cream coloured wood with golden undertones that creates its own ambience. The heartwood has a colour yellow brown to nut brown with a subtle but attractive grain pattern. Weighing 800Kg's/m3 the hardwood durable and logs that have been lying on the forest floor for decades produce high quality sawn boards. It sandpapers well and also take varnish and oils well. It is used for furniture, flooring, turning and carving and often used for the making of African drums.
I do strongly recommend drying the handles after use. With proper care, the finish should provide many years of use.
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Mozambique wooden shaving brushes
The Irish bog oak is my favourite wood to work with. Originally oak, it lay in the peat bog land of Ireland for more than 5,000 years emerging into the Irish sunlight again infused with the colour of the earth. It is a piece of history, not only does it look beautiful, it feels beautiful with a depth of colour like the peat earth that was a home to it for so long.
Irish bog wood also known as “morta” can be described as wood that was buried through time in peat boglands which through the lack of oxygen in the environment managed to preserve the wood from the natural process of decay. Not only is the wood preserved but it is coloured by the tannins naturally present in the acidic environment of the bog.
Bog woods can be found throughout the world, in Ireland the three main types of bogwood that can be found are Yew, Oak and Pine. Bog woods are examples of early fossilasation, and therefore very rare. The Irish bog oaks can be up to five or six thousand years old, as old as the pyramids.The centuries-long process of timber change results in colour alteration from golden-brown to completely black. No two pieces of wood will ever be exactly the same colour.
It is an interesting fact that in Ireland land has been proven through history to be very important. Ireland harvests fuel from the very ancient peat boglands that preserved these bog woods. The “Turf” is a form of fossil fuel and was originally cut by hand using a turf spade which was back braking work. Even today turf is cut from the earth by people for fuel.
Cutting turf the traditional way down though the layers of earth is like cutting through layers of time. The deeper through the earth, the blacker the turf, until it is almost black. The Black turf “Cloch Mhoin”, meaning “stone turf”Hence the name “ Cloch Mhoin”
Bog woods also become blacker the longer they were hidden in the acidic peat bogs, and also becoming much harder. In some cases almost impossible to cut.