The L7 shaving brush has become virtually synonymous with the Morris & Forndran brand. Because of the L7's close association with Lee Sabini and Morris & Forndran, we are delighted to offer the L7--and the new L7 Bi-Colour as our December Brush of the Month.
How the L7 came into being is a fascinating story.
As many know, the L7 shaving brush is virtually synonymous with the Morris & Forndran brand. While at Rooney, Mr. Sabini designed the L7 by mating the collar of the much longer "Victorian" shaving brush with another Rooney design called the "Prince," a design first offered as a hand-turned brush in about 1910. The first L7's were turned on 1970's-era Colchester "Chipmaster" duplicating lathes which, by the 2000's, were nearing the end of their useful lives. The need to replace the aging Chipmasters with modern CNC lathes was becoming increasingly obvious. To facilitate that transition, Mr. Sabini engaged an outside consultant, with whom Rooney had had an ongoing relationship, to create CAD drawings of the L7. These CAD drawings, in turn, allowed the consultant to transfer and refine the G-code for Mr. Sabini’s design onto a small CNC lathe for test purposes. Under the code name "Mandarin," the consultant made test runs of about 30 Mandarin/L7's before submitting the test handles and finished "G-code" to Rooney.