For brand integrity reasons, Morris & Forndran brushes only come with Morris & Forndran knots and brushes bearing the Brad Sears ShaveWorks logo and provenance are only fitted with knots made specifically for Brad Sears ShaveWorks.
Both knot brands have characteristics or "properties" that help define their respective brand names. (We attempt to describe those characteristics on our Knot Properties page.)
Because we create brush handles for both Morris & Forndran and Brad Sears ShaveWorks, some designs have become common to both brands. We realize that this commonality could cause brand confusion. Therefore, to assure you that the Morris & Forndran or Brad Sears brush in your hands is genuine, the Morris & Forndran logo is imprinted on Morris & Forndran brushes while the Brad Sears ShaveWorks logo is imprinted on Brad Sears ShaveWorks brushes.
Not at this time. We realize that synthetic knots have improved greatly in recent years, however because Morris & Forndran and Brad Sears ShaveWorks brushes are largely defined by their badger hair knots, we believe offering synthetic alternatives would detract from some of the essential characteristics for which Morris & Forndran and Brad Sears ShaveWorks brushes are known.
After you've selected your custom shaving brush, an Order Form opens up for you to tell us exactly what you want.
After you've filled out the form and hit the "SUBMIT" button, you should look for an email that shows everything you've asked us to make. Please carefully review this email and let us know as soon as possible if anything needs to be changed.
We ask for a $50.00 non-refundable deposit on each brush ($100 each for brushes smaller than 26mm, brushes with custom resin castings, and Ebonite brushes.). As soon as we receive your order, we will send you a PayPal invoice for the deposit which is payable upon receipt.
We will notify you when your brush is complete. Any remaining balance will be at that time.
Some things to consider:
We can no longer accept periodic payments. You can, however, make periodic deposits to your PayPal account. That way money is available to make the final transfer/payment.
We will let you know when your items are ready for shipment. We will send you a PayPal invoice for any outstanding balance along with a photo--or a group photo--of your brush at that time. If we have not heard from you within seven days of this notification, we reserve the right to cancel your order and your deposit will be forfeit.
As mentioned above, we accept payments through PayPal. We find this to be the fastest and most secure method of payment. Although PayPal will encourage you to set up an account, they do give the option of paying with a Credit Card without setting up an account. Let us know if you have any problems and we'll try to help out!
We regret that ReadyMade and Custom BSSW brushes can only be shipped to U.S. addresses. That's because U.S. law makes it difficult and costly for us to ship our brushes internationally.
Custom Morris & Forndran brushes are shipped directly from the U.K. by Lee Sabini of Morris & Forndran. Brad Sears ShaveWorks will bill you for the US$50.00 deposit per brush. And Lee will bill you directly for the balance due, plus shipping, when your brush is ready for shipment
For Custom BSSW and ReadyMade brushes, International patrons may use a package forwarding service like Shipito.com or USGoBuy. A Google search for U.S. Package Forwarding Services" will show others. For a small fee, these companies act as your agent providing you with a U.S. shipping address. Please note: (1) We have no affiliation with Shipito or any other package forwarding service. We provide this information simply as a courtesy to our international customers with no specific recommendation. (2) Because we have no control over the package after it reaches a forwarding service, our shipping liability ends once the package reaches that service based upon USPS tracking.
Unlike most major brush makers, every shaving brush that leaves our shop is made completely by hand in much the same way brushes were made 150 years ago. Our handles are lathe-turned on a manually-controlled wood lathe and painstakingly hand polished. Our knots are hand-crafted by a small company in China while the Morris & Forndran knots are carefully hand-fitted to each handle by Lee Sabin in his one-man shop in the U.K.
All this work takes time; however we do our best to fill your order as quickly as possible.
are well padded and securely packaged using environmentally responsible packing
Once your new brush is in hand, we try to invoice within 1 - 2 business days and ship within one business day of payment receipt.
Every custom brush is made to your order and or/your specifications and, because each brush is completely hand-crafted, your brush might exhibit minor variations from the examples shown on this website. Prior to shipping your custom brush from our Maryland workshop, we shampoo the knot in a quality human hair shampoo with conditioner and allow it to thoroughly dry before sending you front and back photographs. If you don't like what you see, please let us know as soon as you can!
Although we carefully inspect your brush before we package and ship it, we also ask you to promptly inspect it upon receipt--before you use it. If you find something we missed, please contact us immediately via our Contact Form so we can make it right.
Return requests must be made by the original purchaser. Brushes may be returned for refund for manufacturing defects only.
Brushes that have been used or lathered in shaving soap/cream may not be returned for refund.
Brushes that exhibit defects after use (e.g. shedding after the 8-12 shave break-in period, for example) may be returned for repair or replacement at our discretion under the terms of our one-year Warranty.)
Return requests must be made within 30 days of receipt at its original shipping address based upon USPS tracking.(See our Guarantee section for additional information)
Due to U.S. Import/Export regulations, returns of Morris and Forndran brushes originally shipped from the U.K. must be returned directly to Morris & Forndran.
Receiving a new shaving brush is--or at least we think it should be--exciting. A quality shaving brush should give you many years of fine shaves; but how long your brush lasts depends mostly on how well you care for it. We explain proper brush care on this page.We hope you enjoy many years of fine traditional shaving!
Due to our large backlog of orders, we must spend our time wisely to first meet the needs of those who have placed an order. That means we have limited time to develop new handle designs.
While we are always looking to expand our handle "repertoire," we reserve the right to accept or reject proposed designs. Generally speaking, whatever designs we accept must conform to the look and feel of what fine artists call, "voice." In other words, a new design must look like a BSSW or Morris & Forndran design. That said: we do not copy other artisan's work, nor will we copy any handle design that's not in the public domain.
If we agree to create a custom-designed handle--or produce a limited or special edition design or color ("work product"); any such designs/work product automatically become the property of Brad Sears Shave Works unless we agree otherwise at
the beginning of any custom design conversation. Please understand that the price of proprietary or "one-off" work products will include additional
We have occasionally sold our handles without a knot in the past, however demand for our brushes has increased to the point where we can no longer sell handles by themselves. We've taken this step in order to maintain the distinctiveness of the Morris & Forndran and BSSW shaving brush brands.
We do not. We have expended considerable time, effort and money developing proprietary knot specifications while locating and cultivating relationships with knot makers who (a) have a proven track record with us and (b) continue to demonstrate the ability to meet those specifications. As a result, our knot inventory is reserved for patrons who order complete brushes.
We take great pride in our workmanship; so it's
extremely important to us that you be delighted with your purchases. For that reason, we guarantee every hand-crafted piece that leaves our workshops for one (1) year from the date of purchase against defects in
material and workmanship to the Original Owner.
Please note that this warranty does not cover matters beyond our control like improper care or damage due to inappropriate use, accident, or
To obtain service within the guarantee period: Please contact us via our Contact Form. Let us know your concerns and we will provide the necessary instructions.
Please note: Due to U.S. import/Export restrictions regarding Animal Hair products, Warranty concerns for Morris & Forndran brushes shipped from the U.K. should be directed to Morris & Forndran.
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions
and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost,
misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
If you provide us with your credit card information, the
information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored
with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the
Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS
requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.
What a great question! The short answer is: a LOT! We use only the highest-quality imported and domestic cast polyester resins to create our shaving brush handles. We have spent many hours testing and evaluating different handle materials in order to bring you the best shaving brush possible. Check out our Handle Material pagefor more information.
Ebonite is a hard, vulcanized rubber that traces its roots back to Charles Goodyear in the mid-19th century. Ebonite is a natural material that combines sulfur and linseed oil with natural rubber. The manufacturer very correctly observes that Ebonite possesses "a noble, woody appearance, a beautiful look, and an incomparably warm feel." Moreover, Ebonite is food-graded by the German Fresenius Institut.
We are told that Ebonite was conceived as a substitute for Gabon ebony, an exotic tropical hardwood from which Ebonite derives its name, in the manufacture of clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and other musical instruments. Ebonite manufacture has evolved to include multiple colors often mixed into intricate patterns reminiscent of precious burl woods, Grecian vases and Oriental pottery to name but a few. Some Ebonite patterns--much like burl woods--exhibit colors in unique combinations, which add to the uniqueness of your hand-crafted BSSW or Morris & Forndran Ebonite shaving brush.
Ebonite Turning Characteristics Like all shaving brushes we create, our Ebonite brush handles are hand-crafted by master turner Brad Sears on a manually-controlled wood lathe using techniques refined over many years' experience. And, as with different wood species that occasionally call for varying turning (or machining) techniques which must be honored if one is to obtain the most favorable result, turning Ebonite on a wood lathe challenges the practitioner to employ techniques slightly different from those used to turn the cast polyesters and acrylics most often found in contemporary shaving brush handles. Discovering these techniques can prove fascinating even for the the advanced practitioner; but once understood, Ebonite turning proves to be an extremely enjoyable experience. In short: the result rewards diligence.
Care for Ebonite Brush handles Like many natural products, Ebonite is somewhat subject to oxidation. (We've seen this particularly in pipe stems and woodwind mouthpieces.) Although there is no substitute for proper care (thoroughly rinsing the entire brush--especially the knot--and gently drying your brush handle with a soft towel after each use), we treat each Ebonite brush handle with an advanced silicon sealant to serve as an oxygen barrier which also further enhances the already brilliant sheen that characterizes our Ebonite shaving brushes. (See this page for further Brush Care discussion.)
Unfortunately not. While many good looking woods, plastics and other materials are being offered these days, we have learned through often hard experience that only a very few can be made into a best-quality shaving brush handle. We have spent many hours researching and testing numerous potential handle materials in order to offer you the very best in the world. You need only read the many "tales of woe" on the shaving forums in order to understand our position.
We wish we could accommodate such requests, but we have had too many issues with materials we haven't tested and evaluated in advance. For those reasons, we no longer work with patron-supplied materials.
We try to keep a good selection of materials in stock, which you can see here, to give you a wide range of handle options.
Thank you for your order! We'll send an invoice as soon as your order is ready for shipment.