Black Ivory (Mpingo) shaving brush
This lantern shaped brush has a mysterious cavern at the base, all dark wood that plays beautifully with sunlight in black and brown flames. This one would love to sit on a shelf somewhere where there is an outside shower or bathroom and it can display its deep soul when light falls onto it. Mpingo is a wood with very fine texture and high in oil content, it absorbs very little from the surface and requires minimal maintenance. Timber pieces normally have fine cracks running throughout the core and flawless pieces are extremely hard to find, commanding a very high premium. Luckily the natural growth and composition of the wood prevents this from presenting any structural problems, most wood harvested from a tree is perfectly useful for all sorts of projects. This brush weighs in at 90 grams and stands 128 mm tall with a best badger knot set at 59mm and is finished off in Danish oil.