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Koh-I-Noor

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We partner with an exciting Italian brand, Koh-I-Noor, I wanted to take some time to write a bit about them, who they are, and what makes them great! This company was born more than 80 years ago in Bratislava - manufacturing toothbrushes with thermoplastic handles. They were in fact, the first to do so! In 1950 they were taken over by Carlo Scavini and moved to Tredate, Italy where the company is now located. This is where both design and production take place. They gained important knowledge that they would build upon to create such an amazing company. Throughout the years, the company grew in distribution and supplies. They offer more than toothbrushes; they offer some of the finest combs,...

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Boar Bristle Brushes

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It seems that every beard care company has begun stocking Board Bristle Brushes, but why? Are there benefits or is this just the latest hipster craze? Boar Bristle Brushes actually date back to the 1800’s, but we wanted to find out why we now use them for our beards… Boar Bristle naturally conditions the hair as it is brushed, meaning that your beard is left healthier and untangled. Having a beard that is tangle free, will allow the blood to flow better in your face, which in turn results in better growth, and we all want a bigger beard! Not only do the brushes have a stiff bristle, meaning they can combat the untidiest of beards, they are also enriched...

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Viking of the month: Jony Smith, part 2 of 2

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I had the pleasure of catching up with Jony Smith, of Jony Smith Combs, to talk a bit more about the man behind the ox horn. I wanted to delve into the man behind the combs, understand how Jony became a beards man and what he gets up to when he is not hand crafting combs. “I first grew a full on big beard about 3 years ago. I have a friend who lives in L.A. We made a pact not to shave until we next saw each other, which was 2 years ago. By then we had both got big, big beards. About a year ago I shaved off my beard and kept my tache, for a few reasons...

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Viking of the month: Jony Smith, part 1 of 2

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“A team? No, it’s just me! All the combs are hand cut with a jewellers saw. I cut them out, sand them down and then sand them with an even finer sandpaper. I then polish them up and oil them to seal them; it also stops them smelling so ‘cowy’”.

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The Lions Barber Collective

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The Lions Barber Collective is an international group of top barbers, working together to spread awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. Tom Chapman and co are working alongside top charities PAPYRUS and PIETA HOUSE, the barbers are initiating conversations with their clients in order to provide a free and non-judgemental environment.

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