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Handle Materials

Customised materials and colours

Some of our working time is spent traveling. Not for pleasure, but in search of the best materials, even though we do prefer to source these in our own region. However, buffalo horn, Chinese lacquer and African Blackwood are not to be found in our domestic forests...

Natural materials

The lighter-coloured woods that we use to make elegant handles for razors and brushes include Mediterranean olive wood and Karelian masur birch with their vividly structured surfaces. Briar wood, the tubers of which must first be cooked, shimmer in reddish-brown shades. The dark, almost black bog oak wood is the product of centuries of natural tanning. Plum wood with its brownish, almost purple colouring is one of our indigenous woods. The same applies to steamed ash, a type of wood that undergoes a thermal procedure before it can be made into handles.

To ensure that the woods becomes long-lasting products for the wet shave we apply procedures which are geared specifically to each individual type of wood: several polishes with oil, thermal treatment or sealing with wax, and sometimes wafer-thin coatings of high-grade resin. Genuine buffalo horn for which only hand-picked, solid horn tips are used, completes the range of natural materials.

Chinese lacquer

Urushi is the name given in Japan to this rare art of processing natural lacquer, while others refer to it as Chinese lacquer. In a dust-free environment, the resin of the Asian lacquer tree is applied in wafer-thin layers and polished several times. The more sparingly the lacquer material is used, the deeper the resulting brilliance – the embodiment of perfection and aesthetic beauty.

Precious and innovative synthetic materials

Engineers and active racing experts enthuse about the carbon used in industry. We work the flexible fibres by hand in a special process, first soaking and curing them with high-grade resin in order to obtain solid moulded bodies with gleaming surfaces and dynamic reflections.

Our entire product spectrum profits from the processing of high-grade resin taken from solid rods and subsequently turned and polished – with classic and traditional designs and a wide variety of shapes and colours.

Chrome and rose gold

Gleaming brilliance plays a key role in the MÜHLE collection: High-quality, corrosion-resistant and long-lasting chrome plating is to be found in almost all of our accessories – as a contrast or to emphasise the beauty of the surrounding materials.

Chrome also appears with fine chasing as a handle variant for the traditional safety razors. Surfaces coated with rose gold are considerably warmer in their colouring and effect. The gentle red sheen results from an alloy that has a higher copper content than the more common yellow gold.

Porcelain

The delicate 'white gold of China' is an elegant material which demands care in both manufacturing and everyday use. We use it for razors and brushes and also offer porcelain shaving mugs and bowls. Each blank shape is made by hand, then glazed and fired.

Please click one of the handles below to learn more.
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    Acrylic

    Handles made from acrylic glass are turned out of solid rods and polished. Handles made from this material are highly durable and possess outstanding haptic properties.

    Acrylic

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    Anodised aluminium, silver

    Aluminum is anodised to harden the surface and to increase its resistance to water and scratching.

    Anodised aluminium, silver

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    Anodised aluminium, black

    Aluminum is anodised to harden the surface and to increase its resistance to water and scratching.

    Anodised aluminium, black

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    Carbon

    Carbon is an element which occurs naturally in a wide variety of forms. Carbon compounds are even to be found in diamonds. Engineers and active racing experts enthuse about the carbon used in industry. Aesthetes love above all the fine light reflections created by the dark material. Following a complex development process we use this challenging material for the innovative design of MÜHLE EDITION No. 1. In doing so, we work the conventional, flexible fibrous structures by hand in a special process. Individual blanks – which later become the handles of brushes and razors – are covered with the weave. Then they are placed in a form where the fibres are evenly aligned and soaked and cured with high-grade resin in several work steps, then finally polished. This produces the gleaming surfaces with their dynamic reflections.

    Carbon

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    Buffalo horn

    Genuine horn has been used to make useful or decorative objects since ancient times. The natural material must be selected and processed with great care: Only solid horn tips are used for the handles of shaving brushes and razors. If the hand-picked tips are sufficiently thick, they are formed meticulously by a turner. Then they are very finely ground several times and finally polished to a high-gloss finish. The gentle, yellow to ochre colouring makes the surface of the blonde horn appear very warm. The graining of the work pieces shimmers from white to brown and dark brown, lending each product its own individual character.

    Buffalo horn

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    High-grade resin, fjord blue

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, fjord blue

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    High-grade resin, stone

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, stone

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    High-grade resin, white

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, white

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    High-grade resin, brown

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, brown

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    High-grade resin, butterscotch

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, butterscotch

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    High-grade resin, ivory

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, ivory

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    High-grade resin, black

    High-grade resin is a high-quality synthetic material, the surface of which is processed and refined separately. The material is ideal for exclusive accessories and writing implements because it facilitates a broad spectrum of modern and classical designs in many attractive colours. To begin with, the aesthetic basic shapes for brush and razor handles are turned out of solid rods. Then each individual work piece is polished in several passes to give the surface its special gleam. This processing method lends the models a pleasant feel and secures their beauty for many years to come.

    High-grade resin, black

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    Rose gold

    The rose gold-coated surface forms a beautiful contrast to the pale gleam of the chrome at the top and bottom of the handle. Compared to yellow gold, this alloy has a higher copper content, ensuring a warm, sensual shine.

    Rose gold

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    Chrome-plated metal

    Without chrome the world would forfeit a lot of its lustre. In the finish used for our wet shaving accessories it demonstrates its best qualities: The material is corrosion-resistant, very long-lasting and has a luxurious, alluring lustre. When contrasted with this, the colours and shapes of other premium materials are shown to their very best advantage.

    Chrome-plated metal

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    Porcelain

    Its manufactures dates back to ancient China; in Europe, ‘white gold’ was first produced in 1708. An elegant, delicate material which must be worked with extreme care, from the manufacture of the blank shapes to the completed individual piece. Each body is shaped, glazed and fired by hand. Subsequently, the top and bottom of the handles are combined with chrome-plated brass fittings.

    Porcelain

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    Ash, stained

    Ash trees provide a light wood with a characteristic, ring-shaped grain that is distinguished by its high elasticity and firmness. This type of wood is ”sealed“ and made water-resistant using oils.

    Ash, stained

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    Pine, thermowood

    Finnish pine: MÜHLE processes this vividly grained wood as ”thermowood“. To do so, the natural material is modified in a special heating process. The result is a durable, water-resistant product.

    Pine, thermowood

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    Ash, natural

    Ash trees provide a light wood with a characteristic, ring-shaped grain that is distinguished by its high elasticity and firmness. This type of wood is ”sealed“ and made water-resistant using oils.

    Ash, natural

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    Plum wood

    Designers, turners and carvers have long since discovered the wood of the plum tree. They use the material for writing utensils, furniture and musical instruments. We have included it in our collection because of its intriguing colouring and vivid grain. Another sustainable advantage is that it is an indigenous wood which is both hard and robust. To protect the wood against water, the surfaces are sealed once again with oil. The resulting soft gleam is a deliberate and highly attractive side effect.

    Plum wood

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    Steamed ash

    Besides beech and oak, ash is one of the most important indigenous deciduous timbers. It is to be found in Europe, most frequently in the more northerly regions. For our purposes, the wood is briefly heated to a very high temperature. In this process it attains high resistance to water, the grain is accentuated and the wood takes on its brown colour. In order to preserve the naturalness of the surface, however, it is treated only with oil, not lacquered. This provides the wood with perfect protection against water and makes it particularly long-lasting.

    Steamed ash

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    Bog oak

    This rare material is not a wood species in its own right, but comes from wood that sank into bogs many centuries ago and has undergone various processes of change in the meantime. This preserves the wood naturally and lastingly. An expressive, dark colour develops due to the tannins in the bog. The scarcity of these tree trunks today makes this material a genuine rarity. The colouring of the wood varies between brown, dark brown and black-brown. To begin with, square timbers are sawn from the few usable trunk sections and then turned out as handles. Several polishes with fine oils provide an additional seal for the surfaces and give them a silky-matt finish.

    Bog oak

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    Olive wood

    Since ancient times, olive wood has been valued for its outstanding material characteristics and warm colouring. It is to be found throughout the Mediterranean region and has been used for centuries to make durable goods or artistic objects. The wood we use must be dried carefully for months before the handles are turned. We then sand the surfaces, seal them with oil and polish them to a silky finish. This brings out the gentle, honey-coloured grain of the wood particularly well.

    Olive wood

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    Thuja grain wood

    From golden brown to ruddy, with subtle or vivid veining in the grain: The burl of the sandarac tree, or Barbary thuja as it is also known, is regarded as one of the most valuable and most beautiful woods in the world. The strongly grained root burl only grows to a respectable size once the tree has died. The tuber is therefore hide to find and to recover. The scantlings are picked by hand and turned. Only sections displaying an exceptionally beautiful grain are used. While being made into handles the wood is stabilised and coated with high-grade resin in a special procedure. This makes it water-resistant and hard-wearing. The high-gloss surface very expressively accentuates the individual veining of the grain.

    Thuja grain wood

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    Briar wood

    This material has long been valued by lovers of fine tobacco pipes or inlaid work. But only a few people know that the exquisite briar wood is taken from the Erica arborea which grows exclusively in Mediterranean regions. In order to process the vividly grained wood for brushes and razors the wood is first cooked. Only then does its beautiful reddish to brown colouring develop. The sections free of cracks and inclusions are then processed with great diligence: sanded into shape, stained by hand, then waxed and finally polished. In this way, each work piece becomes a valuable unique item.

    Briar wood

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    Karelian masur birch

    The particularly beautiful wood of the masur birch comes from trees in the tree-line regions of the far north. Due to the harsh climatic conditions, the growth height is low and the wood develops an exceptionally rich grain. The precious wood has therefore been traditionally worked to create decorative objects. The hand-picked square timbers are shaped by turning. Only the finest specimens are processed further and stabilised and coated in a special procedure. This makes the wood water resistant and hard-wearing. The high-gloss surface very expressively accentuates the individual veining of the grain.

    Karelian masur birch

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    African Blackwood

    Grenadilla or African Blackwood has been used in Europe for 500 years, initially to manufacture musical instruments. It is one of the hardest woods worldwide and displays a particularly beautiful, dark brown to black grain. The high density and hardness of this natural material predestines it as a wet shaving accessory: The wood is turned, oiled and polished to a mirror finish. The result is a shimmering, highly water-resistant surface which further accentuates the grain. An attractive contrast to this is formed by the edging with gleaming chrome sections. – We use only African Blackwood from certified, sustainable plantations.

    African Blackwood