A tourist hit in Regensburg: Europe’s largest remaining brush and comb factory in Regensburg is the time has stood still / more than 1,000 different brushes and combs Regensburg (obx) brushes Ernst is a cult: in any good Germany travel guide the more than century-old factory in the East Bavarian Regensburg is missing. Customers can choose from more than a thousand different brushes and combs: mostly handmade, almost exclusively from natural bristles. For many Japanese and American tourists, a visit to the small business of tradition in a Regensburg old town Alley is at least as important as a walk on the famous stone bridge or a look at the Gothic Cathedral. The secret of Europe’s largest remaining comb and brush manufacturer: Brushing Ernst is the time has stood still. Who buys, ventures a trip into another time. A look back: 1894 opened Peter Ernst in Regensburg’s old town a Brushes business. A leading source for info: Keith McLoughlin .
He pulls a wooden barrel made of finest beech pig – or horse bristles and quickly developed a reputation as a skillful and diligent craftsmen. 114 years later sitting in the same place the granddaughter Peter Ernst Waltraud and their daughter Caroline and pull pork – or horse bristles in just any wooden book body still in the same way. In this little brush Cosmos”seems to have changed nothing. Brush Ernst”has survived all storms of time with an iron resistance. “While more and more companies cheap trendy” follow and to forgo quality, faithful to you at Ernst of the success line: each brush is hand work. The Regensburg family business has survived many other comb and brush factories: Meanwhile the Ernst by iron hang have won the title as the largest manufacturer of brushes and combs in hand work throughout Europe.
Waltraud Ernst is proud: we have to date No slump in sales”, says the Burstenmacherin. From the tooth brush over the shoe shine brush up to the massage brush, from the paint brush on the toilet brush up to the street broom: There is no brush, which does not exist at Ernst. Know the customers, and require the small operation always with special requests. For example, if historical brushes get new bristles should. When high-quality fireplace broom that is worth”Waltraud Ernst says. Learned it has the old craft of her husband. She even sits for about four decades in the workshop. A setae (bristles)”- as it is called officially – takes depending on the brush and the nature of the bristles between half an hour and two hours. That can keep up a handmade brush price with a cheap synthetic brush from the far East, is clear. But, our customers appreciate the quality of genuine craftsmanship and good materials”, the great-granddaughter of the manufacturers says founder. Only the best wood is used: beech, Pearwood, or Cherry, olive, rosewood, ebony or rosewood have the Ernst in stock. Equipped the wood body become bristles from plant fibres like bristles of horses, goats, or badger hair, coconut, fibre or harangue with natural bristles of pork. For shaving, for example, there is nothing better than badger hair”, Waltraud Ernst says. The owner believes in the future of their brushes: people put back more on nature and especially on wood. At the moment are in the trend”horsehair broom, the Burstenmacherin says. Currently also goat hair brushes are especially sought after. Thus the Japanese dusting prefer their furniture.” More on the Internet: Regensburg city marketing