Looking For A Custom Brush Maker...

Discussion in 'Shaving Brushes' started by SeanC, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. SeanC

    SeanC Forum GOD!

    Location:
    SE London
    My 50th is coming up shortly and I want something a little special as a momento…

    I'm looking for a maker who does custom pours as my choice of colours (royal blue and amber) doesn't seem available in off the shelf rod stock. I will also need a coin setting in the base and this along with the knot will be supplied by myself. Happy to pay a fair price, but not over the odds and similarly, don't want to be stuck in a waiting list for months on end. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. SweeneyTodd

    SweeneyTodd Forum GOD!

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    Silly Suffolk
    Try Mervyn Cadman. Superb brushes, and very helpful chap to deal with. He's in Essex.
    http://www.badgerandbowl.com/
     
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  3. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

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    For really great one off customs look no further than Vladimir Ferdman. He'll make you whatever colour combo you want in any shape. He hasn't set a coin for me but I'm sure it will not be a problem. He'll make the full brush or just the handle for you to supply your own knot. That is my preferred option, I like the Maggard knots.
    I have 5 of his brushes and every one is first class. You can get him through Etsy at Loveyourshave.
     
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  4. LeGaulois

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  5. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    +1 for Mervyn Cadman
     
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  6. DamianJ

    DamianJ Forum GOD!

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    I've only got experience of Mervyn Cadman from quite a while ago. He did me a custom purple and black resin synthetic brush. Mine doesn't have a coin in the base but from memory he said this was no problem.
     
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  7. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    Mervyn Cadman will do a coin or in my case - custom logos.

    Before ordering any custom brush, I would definitely ask about delivery times.
     
  8. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Merv did my first custom brush and it has a special place in my heart. Not only for the brush but for the way he was with me through the process. He was always calm and collected and made me feel totally at ease. He produced a wonderful brush which I'm proud to own and I'll never,ever sell.
     
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  9. DamianJ

    DamianJ Forum GOD!

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    He was great with me too, we basically discussed ideas and he made some blanks. Top class service
     
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  10. JayGee

    JayGee Forum GOD!

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    +1 for Mervyn Cadman
     
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  11. p.b

    p.b Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Brentwood
    Mervyn made me a brush for my dad's 70th with a coin inset into the base.


    Other advice:
    You'll probably need a smaller coin than you think as the brush base will need to be +2mm around the coin in order to be robust enough to knocks. That's on the radius so think +4mm on the diameter so unless you want a really chunky handle think small.

    I can't find a photo of the brush for my dad but here's one for my brother 40th (I'd forgotten about this until I went looking for my dad's brush pictures.) That's a 1p in the handle, 2p from 1974 were far too big.
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  12. fredyx

    fredyx Veteran

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  13. GoReds

    GoReds Senior Member

  14. fredyx

    fredyx Veteran

    This one was sold for 150€, but obviously the price varies depending of the materials and knot requirements.[​IMG]
     
  15. I'd go for Peter Wolf of Wolf Whiskers - he is the best. For me, nothing comes even close to his work. Period. And I say that owning artisan brushes from El Druida, Grizzly Bay, That Darn Rob, Declaration, Black Eagle, Leo Frilot, etc.

    The process of obtaining one from him is a bit tricky though. You'll have to get on his waitlist, which usually fills up in a couple minutes. Then it's around 3-4 months waiting time. Also, if you're outside of the US, there's that problem with getting badger hair to Europe (there are workarounds for this, or so I heard :wink:). But the results are well worth it.

    If you're strictly after an artisan from Europe, I'd go with Javier of El Druida, or Carlos of CRV
     
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