Erik Stoltz is the enterprising young artisan entrepreneur behind EKS shaving brushes.
His dad is a self described shaving geek who makes furniture as a hobby, and has leftover bits of lovely woods waiting for a purpose. In stepped Erik, about the time he needed to start shaving, with an idea for a sideline business that would not interfere with his student responsibilities. Erik turns the small pieces on a lathe and sands and stains each one by hand. Then he attaches high quality synthetic "knots," as the brush part is called, crafting them together to make beautiful one of a kind brushes that will last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Erik has embedded a sustainability value system into his business sense, priding himself on repurposing wood that would otherwise become kindling and choosing synthetic over natural bristles to avoid needless harvesting of animal parts. Eric says his synthetic knots "mimic the soft feel and backbone of the best Badger Brushes, mimic the stiffer feel of Boar Brushes, and never carry a disease." They are practical, long lasting, sustainable and beautiful!
Each brush is unique in shape and color. Pricing is determined by the knot. Both styles are luxuriously soft to the touch; the premium plus knot has black bristles with white tips and is slightly stiffer than the premium; it can be used to build a lather in the shaving bowl or scuttle, but is preferred by shavers who like to rub a dry shave soap onto wet skin and need a stiffer brush to create a lather directly on the skin. The premium brush is used primarily to build their lather in a bowl or scuttle.
The brush in the center of the photo (dark bristles) is the only premium plus brush in stock at the moment. The others are premium brushes; they are one of a kind, so leave me a message in the notes section of your order to tell me which one you prefer. I will update this notation and the photos as availability changes. If you do not choose, I will send you my favorite!
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