Monday, February 27, 2012


The New Forest High Mountain Badger 2222 sold out in just 8 days. And it was only mentioned on my blogs!

Other brushes are in production and the range will slowly continue to extend. Another High Mountain brush - probably a bulb shape will be made in a few weeks. Details will be posted here and on my New Forest Brushes blog.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


From an unheated annexe to a warm workshop! The New Forest Brushes "engine room".

And when he's not turning out brush handles, this is the more serious business of the master craftsman:

These are amazingly detailed working models of ships. As well as ships, Brian also makes model aeroplanes which are flown by remote control.

Here's some of the ship detail:

Back to handles next week!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Beards rule?

Women prefer men with beards? Are we shavers in trouble?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Brush numbers

Ever wondered about brush numbering systems? Some brands use numbers or names for their brushes. New Forest have some of both. For those with numbers this is the method:

First two numbers - knot size ( diameter at base )
Third number - hair grade
Fourth and subsequent - the number for the specific brush in the category.

Grades used so far:  Two Band 0 Finest Silvertip 1 High Mountain 2 and, coming soon, Best Badger 3.

So the brush in the photo will be the New Forest 2031

All clear?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Something different! Some unusual brushes here plus much more:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Old favourites

Three common names constantly crop up on shaving forums - Palmolive, Arko and Tabac - all very popular among shaving aficionados. The first two in soap sticks cost less than a GP pound. A Tabac refill costs around £8 to £10. I find that you get better lather, and easier, from Palmolive and Arko. But Tabac still seems to sell in large numbers. Must be the scent!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another new brush

Just a few of these have been made, so for the time being, this new addition to the New Forest Brushes range is only being mentioned on my blogs. This is the New Forest 2222 High Mountain Badger. Details can be seen here:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another fine pic!

Spotted on Facebook.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

And a New Forest 1901 in bloom

Following the Tubby 2 in bloom, in response to requests, here's an early well used New Forest 1901:

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Forest Tubby 2 in bloom.

Someone asked me to publish a photo of a Tubby 2 showing the bloom after regular use.

This is my Tubby 2 ( the ebony version, now sold out )

One of my all time favourite brushes! The bulb shape 26mm knot is very easy to control during the application of lather.

Friday, February 10, 2012

How much cream?

That's the size of a typical almond. And spread over the base of the bowl with my flexible plastic spatula it provides plenty of lather with a medium size brush.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Coffee and shaving?

Is there a connection? This issue is raised here by a shaver asking his forum friends for tips about coffee machines. It's an entertaining thread.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Badger and Blade

I've long ago come to the conclusion that my ban from B&B was a blessing in disguise. If I was one of the favourite sons, I simply couldn't have coped with the demand for my New Forest Brushes. Some people there still do their best to cast doubt on the merits of the brushes - some points fair, but everyone is entitled to their opinions! Interesting comments here on how an attempt is made to stop people getting info on google!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Introducing the New Forest 1901

Introducing the New Forest 1901
A small fan shape Super Badger Two Band shaving brush at an affordable price! Great for face and bowl lathering with soaps and creams alike.

£25 delivered worldwide.
Details here:

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Sometimes I receive a press release. Some might find this of interest:

Asia's Shaving Giant, Dorco, Partners With Pace Shave® To Introduce Its Premier Shaving Products Direct To U.S. Consumers
Armed With Exceptional Technology And Rock Bottom Prices, Pace Shave® Is Poised For Consumer Market Success Via Its U.S. Based Ecommerce Web Site.
SAN DIEGO, California (2/1/2012) – Pace Shave®, a leading distributor of shaving products, announced today the successful launch of the company’s ecommerce web site to exclusively market Dorco's premier line of disposable razors, systems and cartridges direct to U.S. consumers.  The partnership brings one of the biggest names in the shaving industry to U.S. shores.  Although relatively unknown to U.S. consumers, Dorco is widely recognized around the world for its cutting-edge shaving technology and superior quality razors and systems.  Currently, Dorco's shaving products are sold in over 97 countries.
The company enters the highly competitive shaving marketplace in the U.S. certain and with a high level of confidence that current economic conditions call for a technologically superior product that costs less.  "When you check the prices of disposable razors, systems and cartridges from leading brands, the prices amount to what I would call the great shaving rip-off.  Their astronomical prices leave open a very wide door for our Dorco Pace® and Dorco Shai® products.  It's time for consumers in the U.S. to demand more for less.  Dorco's products feature patented technology and have been tested to be equal or better in quality when compared to the big brands.  Best of all, the products cost at least 30% less.  Why would you pay more?  That's our message." stated Ken Hill, CEO of Pace Shave®. 
The ecommerce web site,, features Dorco's top consumer products including disposable razors, shaving systems and cartridges.  The company's showcase products for 2012 include: Dorco Pace® 6 Plus, the world’s first 6 blade shaving system with a built in trimmer for men and Dorco Shai® Soft Touch®, the world’s first 6 blade flexible shaving system for women.  Other notable technological innovations include the following.
World's First Six Blade:
• Tests prove higher blade counts deliver a closer, less irritating shave
• Higher blade counts increase the life of the cartridge, providing more quality shaves
Open Flow Blade Cartridge:
• 100% “rinse-ability” of hair follicles and shaving cream or soap
• Blades stay perfectly clean, eliminating corrosion for a longer blade life

Lubrication Strip:
• Special lubricants and ingredients combined in the Dorco Pace® and Dorco Shai® comfort strips make shaving easy and comfortable
• Ingredients include: Lavender, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Chamomile and Allantoin
Rubber Fin & Tilt:
• Large, soft rubber fin for skin preparation and protection
• Decreases nicks, cuts and other uncomfortable types of skin irritation
• Cartridge tilt increases shaving precision along every angle of the face or body
Patented  Common Docking System:
• Only major manufacturer to offer common docking across three or more systems
• Razor cartridge and handle interchangeability
• Allows for choice of shaving customization among Dorco Pace® and Dorco Shai® product systems
Through constant innovation, proprietary technology and exceptional value, the company’s mission is to deliver an unparalleled experience to its new customers in the U.S.  For a comprehensive look at the premier line of Dorco's disposable razors, systems and cartridges, consumers are invited to visit  And for a limited time, consumers are also invited to visit the company's Facebook pages for a free 6 blade disposable razor sample.  For further details, visit for women's products and for men's products.

About Pace Shave®
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Pace Shave® is a leading private label distributor of technologically advanced and superior quality disposable razors, shaving systems and shaving cartridges for men and women.  Its product origins date back to 1955 when a small company named Dorco was founded in South Korea.  Today, Dorco is Asia’s market leader for disposable shaving products and is a household recognized brand in numerous countries around the world.  By strategically aligning with Dorco, Pace Shave® has been able to introduce the pinnacle of shaving innovation to the U.S. marketplace, including the world’s first 6 blade shaving systems, as well as the innovative and patented common docking feature.

In addition to offering Dorco’s cutting-edge shaving products direct to consumers, Pace Shave® also offers a full array of private label services to retailers in the U.S. and in Canada.  With strategically located distribution centers and state-of-the-art automated logistics, the company can readily meet the demands of its consumer and business customers.  Today, the company is a leader in the U.S. wet shave marketplace and is a major supplier to such key retailers as Dollar General, Family Dollar, CVS, Walgreens and Kmart.