Natural Shoe Horn

$ 40.00

Horn is a classic and comfortable material from which to make all manner if things. The shoe horn is takes its very name from the material traditionally used in its production. This shoe horn was handmade in Denmark using cruelty free horn. Please bear in mind that each piece is unique and will vary in colour. With proper care this shoe horn will last you a lifetime. 

Made in Denmark by a generations old, family-run horn works.


Measures approx. 26cm / 10" in length.

Pure buffalo horn. Sustainably harvested.

Use: Horn has been used as a material to produce combs and objects like cups and shoe horns for generations. The material is natural, warm, and durable.

Care: Proper gentle care of horn objects will mean that they will last a lifetime. Here you will find some sound advice on how to clean and care for your comb or shoe horn.

Horn items dry out easily and can crack if not attended to. Keep the horn items moisturized with lanolin or oil to prevent dryness. The lanolin layer will only need to be applied once a month to clean and moisturize. Apply a thin layer of lanolin or oil to the item, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it on a dresser overnight. The next day, gently remove the lanolin with cotton balls or a soft cloth (eg: microfibre)

Never let a horn get wet because water may cause it to expand and warp. Dry clean the item as needed with cotton balls. Just make sure to apply more lanolin if the horn starts to dry out.

Store the horn on a dresser when not in use away from direct light and heat. The horn can also be stored in a cloth bag made of a breathable material like cotton. Do not store horn in a plastic container with a lid because it can cause the comb to dry out faster. 


In the 19th Century, spoons were often the only kind of cutlery used in rural areas. People would simply wipe down their spoons after a meal and hang them from the roof rafters. Wooden spoons were the most common, but metal spoons were becoming increasingly popular. One of the people who took up horn working was Hans Husted, who was born in Nees in 1834. He passed on the craft to his son, Peder Husted, who was born in Bøvlingbjerg. A work-related accident prompted Peder to take up horn spoon making again in 1931, as he could no longer work the farm. He expanded the business early on by offering made-to-order shoehorns and mustard spoons. The foundation for Hornvarefabrikken had been laid.

Peder Husted moved his production from his private residence to its present location in 1935, founding Hornvarefabrikken in the process. He was a ambitious and visionary man and went on to win a Silver Medal for his work at the 1935 World Fair in Brussels. Peder Husted designed and developed many of the spoons and other items sold by Hornvarefabrikken to this day. 

After 70 years of changing hands and navigating ever-evolving markets, 
Hornvarefabrikken is now in the capable hands of Sara Bruun Buch. As of October 1, 2008, she has taken on the responsibility of expanding the business to new areas while keeping true to the traditions of the craft. Sara Bruun Buch is a graduate of the Arts & Craft College in Kerteminde, Denmark.

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