You know the word “artisan” is overused when Subway start slipping it into the titles of their sandwiches. Another word which used to mean something, now beaten to death by marketing executives the world over, trying to position their offering as something it isn’t.
I actually debated whether to use the word “artisan” at all, given that my immediate reaction is to cringe whenever I hear someone say it now, but the term legitimately applies to Marco Finardi and his small (but growing) company, Marfin. He’s an artist and a craftsman, creating beautiful things on a small scale, but in a significant way.
I’ve used the brush every day for a few months now and, accompanied by my Santa Maria Novella shave creme, shaving each morning has become one of my favourite parts of the day.
Where a badger brush really needs to perform is in the knot. As long as a handle fits well in your hand, it’s doing its job (though I see value in and am happy to pay for a handle that has been hand made from such a beautiful wood), but if the knot is of poor quality, the brush will constantly give a poor lather.