Ever-ready shaving brushes has been iconic in the shaving industry for more than a century, The Kampfe brothers introduced the Star Razor in 1875, the first safety razor made in the United States. Jerry Reichard, after working for the Kampfe Brothers for 23 years, leaves to start his own company - the Gem Cutlery Company in 1898. In 1903 Jerry Reichard leaves Gem to form yet another razor and blade producer, The Yankee Company, which is later renamed Ever-Ready in 1905. Gem & Ever-Ready merge in 1906. In 1915 Ever-Ready Shaving Brushes are first introduced. Gem & Ever-Ready merge with Star to become the American Safety Razor Corporation in 1919.
Ever-ready brushes have a numbering system that is as clear as the water in the Hartebeespoort dam, and I figure even Sherloch Holmes would have had a hard time figuring out how it all pieces together. Interestingly this brush has a cast in drain hole in the bottom, now obsolete as the handle is resin filled to make it more robust. This brush is fitted with a 21 mm Best badger knot, it stands 106 mm tall, weighs 62 grams and has a diameter of 34 m at the base.
a Classic brush handle with a great knot.