An unusual post? Perhaps……but still if a simple thing, like a comb can remain a favourite for over 25 years then there is something to be said about it eh?
I remember finding my first ‘Slim Jim’ comb ( KENT OF UK ) at Robinsons Mall and so named I believe, because it is only 120mm long by approx 15mm wide….Oh the comb that is! I cannot recall exactly how much it cost me way back then, but I do remember it wasn’t cheap.
I also recall getting very upset when my first ‘Slim Jim’ broke into two all because I had placed it together with my oversized wallet in the back pocket of my jeans and sat down! Gees!
So what is so great about this comb? Well for one thing….apart from how tiny and compact it is, it does a great job of keeping me looking neat and tidy. Furthermore it glides through my hair without even scratching the scalp like most combs would do.
This is the latest edition to my collection ( now two) a folding one…..
Here’s a little more as to why they’re so great!…..Well to me anyway…
About Kent Combs
“Kent’s handmade combs are saw cut, and then hand polished and buffed to create soft rounded teeth that will not damage your hair or scalp. They are made from cellulose acetate, a non-petroleum based plastic derived from plants that has been found to create less static in hair. These smooth teeth stimulate the natural oils inside the hair cuticles as your hair is combed, and it is this oil that encourages the cuticles on each hair to lie flat creating strong, healthy, shiny hair.
A non-handmade comb is known as an injection moulded comb. They have razor sharp teeth which damage the hair cuticle, and ultimately cause split ends. These combs also feature tiny ridges, known as ‘mould marks’ which scratch and snag your hair causing breakage and severe cuticle damage.”
A Little Look Into Their History
G B Kent & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of brushes since the eighteenth century is one of the oldest established companies in Great Britain.
Kent Brushes (as they are now more commonly known) was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production which has been recognised by the granting of Royal Warrants for nine reigns.
The Kent family continued to run the company for six generations until 1932 when the last of the three Kent brothers passed away. This is when Mr Eric L.H Cosby, owner of Cosby Brushes Ltd, entered into an association with G.B Kent & Sons. A new chapter was then opened in Kent’s long history, and since that time the company has been under the creative and dynamic direction of the Cosby family.
Today, Mr Alan H.L Cosby, grandson to Eric Cosby is the Managing Director and Chairman, with his wife, son and one of his three daughters working for the business. The company headquarters moved from London to their existing factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire on the 6th February 1984, and remains there to this day.
The company continues to retain the craftsmanship and unprecedented quality that is Kent’s reputation. Even in today’s fast moving, mass-produced assembly, Kent are proud to still be manufacturing many of their original brushes by hand.
Nevertheless, Kent Brushes is committed to developing and enhancing its products with every step they take. Kent harness the latest hi-tech manufacturing processes, whilst building on the time-honoured traditional methods to create the world’s finest example of each and every brush that leaves their factory.