Broad-shouldered and smooth, Marfin #194 is the hand-carved fruit of Italian artisan, Marco Finardi’s dedicated labor. Its robust figure fits comfortably into your grasp, and its flat-bottomed surface proudly declares its place on your bathroom countertop, showcasing its rich caramel swirls and tightly bundled bristles with aplomb. Meticulously shaped from blocks of Italian plateau briarwood, the freshly formed handle is soaked in citrus-scented Tung oil, then polished with an all-natural Carnauba wax and pumice powder for an exquisite finish.
Shooting forth from the handle’s center are lush silver tip badger hair bristles, collected by a Florentine craftsman, and delicately fitted to the base of the handle. Their loft and collective bulbous shape creates an ideal surface for working and gathering lather, setting the stage for a blithe morning shave. Make this handsome brush your own, and distinguish your bathroom with a truly unique work of art.
Marfin brushes are a purely artisanal product. Each one is hand-crafted from start to finish entirely by Marco Finardi in his workshop in Cremona, Italy. Taking his inspiration from the raw blocks of Italian briar, the unique aspects of each piece of wood are formed into one-of-a-kind handles. From there, the handles are then fitted to silvertip badger knots, made exclusively in Florence for Marco Finardi's brushes. Imprinted with a serial number and packaged in a gift box, each brush comes complete with a hand-signed certificate from its creator.
Pure silvertip badger hair knot, 26 mm
Italian briar hand
Handmade in Italy.
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Actually I have two of these now. Two parts to this review, first the handle. Superb quality and very unique. Nothing out there like it and very ergonomic too. The business end is a tad on the floppy side so just consider that if you don't like floppy. I've had floppy brushes that were much worse and I consider this borderline. Nothing like a Manchurian as a reference point but not a marshmallow either. It's high quality Super badger but it just is what it is. Overall very highly recommended.