Heinrich L. Thäter GmbH handmade shaving brushes since 1913
Heinrich L. Thäter GmbH                                                  handmade shaving brushes                                                                                                                                         since 1913
We only use precious materials  for our brush handles

Bruyere / Baumheide (Erica arborea)
The bulbous roots have been used for production since the beginning of the 19th century, initially in France
of tobacco pipes. To do this, you harvest the tubers, which are about the size of a football ball at the age of 30 to 60, and cook them several times
Hours in copper kettles; they then have to dry for several months before they are processed. The wood is light to reddish brown, often beautifully grained and very hard and heat-resistant due to mineral deposits.

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa, D. tucurensis)
Cocobolo wood is imported in small quantities from Central America to Europe. The wood is very hard and dense.
The heartwood is orange-red to dark brown and has black veins. Cocobolo is one of the most sought after
Rosewood. It is a pronounced luxury wood for knife handles, small turning and wind instruments. It is also valued in sculpture.

Ebony black and white (Diospyros embryopteris)
Ebony black and white is a real ebony and is also called Royal White Ebony. Like Makassar, it is one of the colored ones
Ebony and is only much rarer and more expensive than this. It has been in great demand for its beauty and rarity for centuries and was reserved for the kings and rulers of the countries of origin. It is offered very rarely and comes from Laos and Burma.

Grenadilla (Dalbergia melonoxylon)
Grenadilla wood is a deep dark brown to almost black hardwood of the rosewood family with a fine black-violet pattern.
With a density of 1400 kg / m3, grenadilla is one of the heaviest woods ever. The dark heartwood is of a luminous
surrounded by a yellow, rather thin layer of sapwood, the commonly used part of the tree is the heartwood. It is very fine and
homogeneously structured and feels smooth and slightly oily when touched. Grenadilla is preferred for instrument making.
Greenheart (Demerara)
Green heart wood can be of very different colors. There are variations from yellow-green, light and dark olive or yellowish and dark brown to black. The grain of the wood is usually straight or alternating. The structure is fine and even. Greenhearted wood is a very hard, heavy and dense wood, which makes it difficult to work with. It has a high bending and compressive strength, only a low deformability can be seen. Since it can be used in many different ways, for example in shipbuilding, as a billiard stick or as a fishing rod.

Macassar Ebony (Diospyros celebica)
The Makassar ebony is one of the most valuable fine veneers. Because of this, it is used for the production of plywood
used as knife for veneers. The extremely attractive and decorative wood with its striped appearance belongs to the colored ebony, but is much rarer and is one of the most expensive woods in the trade.

Mopane (Colophospermum mopane)
Mopane wood is a rather rare wood. Traditionally, mopane wood is used for building houses and for Kraals fences and the branches are chewed as a "toothbrush". The heartwood is dark brown to reddish brown. It is one of the heaviest woods of 1300 kg / m³ in southern Africa and is hard to work due to its hardness. In recent times, Mopane wood has become increasingly popular as a substitute wood for grenadilla (Dalbergia melanoxylon) in woodwind instrument making, as it is
how it is very hard and dense and also has similar beneficial sound properties.

Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
The term rosewood probably comes from the Spanish expression palo santo, which literally means something like "holy stake, holy wood". The hard heartwood is dark purple to purple with dark veins. Therefore, it is preferably used for veneers, knife booklets and in the turnery. But it is also THE wood of the instrument makers (fingerboards, frames).

Plum wood (Prunus domestica)
Charlemagne is said to have been responsible for the fact that plums and plums were systematically cultivated in Central Europe.
The wood of plum trees is hard, dense and fine-pored with a kiln density of 750 kg / m³. The heartwood shows red and violet tones. Due to the small trunk diameter of the trees, the wood is mainly used for carpentry, carving and turning for smaller work pieces, musical instruments and decorative elements, less often than veneer or furniture wood.


Wenge (Millettia laurentii)
Wenge has been a classic of furniture and veneer for years. It has a distinctive structure with great decorative
Pores. The color is dark brown to black, depending on the cutting direction. Wenge is very heavy approx. 1000 kg / m³.
It is easy to work with, but tends to split if the fibers run irregularly.

Wild olive (Olea europaea)
The wild olive has a widely spaced, unrelated natural occurrence: Mediterranean, Middle East and South Africa. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants. The wood is certainly one of the most beautiful woods ever and
is characterized by great diversity. The heartwood is yellow-gray to salmon-colored, often interwoven with olive-brown dark stripes. The
Lumber is harvested from old olive trees that are no longer load-bearing and has particularly beautiful structures. Olive trees
grow particularly slowly. Therefore, their wood is particularly hard and dense. However, it is only very limited in
reasonably error-free quantities available.

Precious resin (polyethylene)
Resin is a high-quality plastic, the longevity of which guarantees high value retention. The manufacture of the
Resin handles are made in coordinated, multi-part steps. Solid round bars are first turned into
Basic shapes worked out individually. The blanks are then used in so-called “scrubbing drums”
deburred and pre-polished using special polishing granules. Finally, each individual handle is carefully polished and hand
maintains its haptic quality and special shine.








5 tips for cleaning and maintaining your valuable badger hair shaving brush

Congratulations and thank you for purchasing a  Thäter  shaving brush.

It is now extremely important that you take special care of this brush

to ensure it’s longevity. We have put together the 5 most important tips for you                                                 and ask you to follow them carefully.                                               

Tip 1: rinse
Rinse the shaving cream thoroughly after each shave under
running warm water (max. 45 ° C). The more expensive, respectively

the closer the shaving brush is bound, the more thoroughly cleaning

must be done. The brush should not soak in water.

Tip 2: drying
The shaving brush head should be complete dry through before the next use.
A second shaving brush for alternate use is therefore

Tip 3 storage
We developed the inclined stainless steel stand RS 18-10.02 to accelerate the
air circulation  and thus the rapid removal of moisture from the
brush head.

Tip 4: care of the brush head
We recommend monthly cleaning with a mild shampoo. This prevents

the build-up of lime soap * and extends the service life.

Tip 5: Care of the brush handle
Rub handles made of natural materials such as precious wood or horn

dry after each use.  Use a soft cloth and acid-free wood oil to freshen up dull and                                             greyed surfaces.


If cleaning is insufficient foam and soap residues remain
deep in the brush knot. This leads to white deposits (* lime soaps).
Deposits cause hair breakage, hair loss and, in the worst case, the

brush head bursts. 


In no way the brush should be soaked in water before lathering. Such a procedure

is absolutely unnecessary and will also burst the knot/precious badger hair due to                                                 the natural swelling behavior of the badger hair.                                                                                                         

In both cases no warranty is granted.



* Lime soaps are deposits caused by the connection of the
   lime dissolved in water with soaps.



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