Hand cranked shaving brush

Like shaving with a brush? Don’t like rubbing it on your face, or annoyed that the modern shaving brush only requires one hand to operate? Then look no further, Mr Max Shers 1906 patented hand cranked shaving brush is just what you need!

The combination of a frame having a handle, a wheel in the frame, a brush having a projecting stud at the back, eccentrically connected to the wheel, a pair of wheels geared together and having crank pins, a bar connecting the pins and having a bearing through which the stud extends, and means to turn the wheels.
The combination of a cupped casing having a handle connected at one side thereof, a wheel in the casing, a brush eccentrically connected to the wheel, so that as the wheel rotates the brush revolves, a hand crank on the back of the casing, a pair of wheels geared together and connected to the crank, and having projecting studs, and a cross ball having a pivotal connection to the studs and the brush.

The gear train shown on the patent drawing will give the brush an interesting, mesmerising motion at least – it will rotate around it’s own axis, while at the same time orbiting the centre of the brush frame. In short, it is a spirograph for your face.

Shave of the day 23rd February

Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Soap
Lather: Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Acadian Spice Shaving Soap
Brush: Semogue TSN 2012 LE mixed badger / boar
Razor: YUMA razor with a Green Astra
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum
Beard care: Big Red Beard Oil (Factory) and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Soap-dispensing shaving brush

Yet another lets-add-the-cream/soap/foam-directly-into-the-brush brush… this one invented by Mr Aubry F Stepelton back in 1929. Like all of these inventions it consists of a brush with a hole in the base, and a way to press the lather maker media into the brush.

In accordance with the present invention l the handle of the brush comprises a barrel erably engaged between said annular member and the sleeve of the cartridge and the barrel is preferably provided, at its lower end, with a part or member adapted to form a continuation of the sleeve of said cartridge to form a uniform bore for said piston.

 In short it is a lipstick holder mated to a brush. It lacks some of the over the top flair some of the other self lathering shaving brushes have.

Big Red No7 Beard Comb

The parts of my facial growth that I keep and cultivate – ie.: my goatee – needs some tender loving care as well. Oil, balm and wax is part of the solution, but much like lather is useless without a razor, those are of limited use without a proper comb.

When I picked up beard oil and balm from Big Red, I choose a comb as well – the No7 in cherry appealed to my tastes, so that is the one I choose.

The comb is sturdily made from laminated cherry and maple, and the packaging is even more sturdy.

It’s not too much to say about the No7 comb, and none of it bad. It combs out tangles, helps spread the beard oil and in general do a wonderful job go taming my curly, wild beard.

If you have a beard or a moustache, you probably need to comb it from time to time… and while a comb from Big Red isn’t as cheap as the plastic ones from the corner store, it feels much more natural to use as part of my daily grooming.