Our traditional kolibri brush manufacture was established in 1898 in Bechhofen, a small city in Bavaria, Germany. The founder Karl Feurer established a small brush Factory where he produced a wide range of the finest hair and quill brushes.
Soon the Company had to be expanded and in 1903, our headquarters were established in Burk, Germany, where it is still situated.
The first customers of the company lived in the neighborhood, but soon customers in foreign countries, especially in the south and south-east Europe, became loyal customers.
Since 2003 when Eduard retired – Katrin Hackenberger, Thomas Hackenberger, and his son Martin are the new owners. They feel obligated to continue to produce the same high-quality products, and to guide the company in its traditional, old-world ways of producing the finest brushes. That’s way after his apprenticeship as a carpenter Martin completed a second 3-year education as a brushmaker and additional a 3 year study to became a master of brushmaking.
It isn’t possible to grant our quality and service without the help of our 16 highly qualified workers, some of whom have worked at our company for 30 years. Currently, we are training young people to make brushes by hand, because we are convinced our clients continue to expect exceptional quality from us.
Since January 1st , 2022, the production of the traditional brand kolibri brushes is part of Mesko-Pinsel GmbH. The most important message is that with this takeover a further step has been taken to bundle competence and to preserve the traditional Franconian craft of the brush makers in the region and to further develop it in a sustainable way.
In picture from left to right: Christian Schuller (Mesko), Martin Hackenberger (kolibri), Michael Schuller (Mesko)
Mesko-Pinsel GmbH is member of the German Brush Maker Association.