Monday, December 31, 2012

Lathe turned handles

You often see references to shaving brushes having lathe turned handles as a badge of distinction. But there is a world of difference between handles turned out on lathes which are preset to produce large numbers of identical handles compared with those individually shaped with hand tools on an old fashioned lathe.

Here's a CNC lathe:

This will produce handles very cheaply to a high consistent standard.

This is the old fashioned lathe used to produce New Forest Brushes handles:

Each handle is individually made using hand tools to shape. Turning handles to a consistently high standard is a skilled job and it's labour intensive and the main reason why these hand made brushes will be more expensive to make compared with those made on automated lathes.

So when you see references to lathe turned handles - it's only part of the story.

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