Back after a short hiatus. I’ve taken the past few weeks to re-stock on all supplies, including some very key items I use to create these brushes which are hard to find and should last for several years. Also, I’ve been crafting some brushes for some of The Varlet’s earliest and most loyal patrons. These are folks that were instrumental in The Varlet’s success with their support, feedback, messages of encouragement, and multiple brush purchases since the very beginning of the venture. They waited very patiently for more than 2 years while I had my notoriously lengthy commitments.
Let’s talk about todays offerings. The Everset - USA brand is something that I created back in 2017. Since then, I’ve not been able to offer many of them except for a few times under special requests; namely some members of our military who had been interested and a couple of other brushes that managed to sneak out of the shop.
I had originally envisioned Everset to be a more high-volume production possibility. I designed the handles with that in mind. The designs are streamlined; they do take cues from traditional brush handles but bear their own trademark design element. The groove. Each handle has a very precisely cut groove which gives a nod to design elements such as beads that usually adorn traditional brush handles. The Everset handles take these very well-loved design elements that wood-turners have been using for centuries and instead of trying to re-invent them, simply inverts them. Humbly, I’ll admit that in 2018, with so many brush designs already in the history books, it is an extremely tall order to come up with even one entirely new design which is aesthetically pleasing as well as that all-important criteria: ergonomic. This is a way to bring something fresh to the table, so to speak, and I think the groove might be polarizing, but that could be a good thing.
The Everset designs are classically familiar with just that little touch that makes them modern and fun. The groove is fashioned by using a very thin cutting tool, which I custom made out of some very thin steel, as there aren’t any lathe cutting tools available that are so thin. The groove is so thin and cut so deep, that in most angles it gives the illusion that the handle is made of two parts, one floating on top of the other.
With regards to quality, Everset - USA is right on par with The Varlet. The knots, while offered in Finest Grade, not Alpine, are constructed in the same way and carry the same guarantee. The same materials are used, including adhesives, enamels, and of course, Alumilite handles. As is proper, every knot is hand-tied here in the USA, and hand-cemented with the same high quality adhesive to ensure they won’t shed. The handles are polished to the same high degree as The Varlet’s.
I want to make these available from time to time in the very near future to keep the name alive and protect the trademark. Also, it does feel nice to be able to offer a brush with unparalleled materials and craftsmanship at a bit lower price point. Hopefully I can expand on the brand with regards to the name, the concept, and my hopes for the future in subsequent posts, as there is much to talk about. For now, I’ll follow with details of what’s available today.
R1 / BH1 - 22mm Flat Top knot set at ~45mm loft. This knot is very precise. Great for anyone wanting a smaller knot, curious about how a flat-top feels, or someone who has a goatee, mustache, or other facial hair features which they like to shape. This knot applies lather pretty precisely, within reason.
R2 / BH2 - 24mm knot, fan shaped, set at ~49mm. This is a very similar knot to the ones offered on the early Rangers and Beehives. Well-balanced, not too big, not too small, soft at the tips with a medium-high firmness and density, a very classic Varlet style 2-band knot.
This batch includes Carbon Alumilite handles with matte yellow branding, all are laser engraved and enameled by hand. The purchase limit is one brush and they are available now on the front page of the site until current stock is sold. As always, I’ve enjoyed crafting these brushes and hope you enjoy them in use.
Thank you all,