Shaving Brush Guide
These are thicker and stronger than badger, but not nearly as flexible. Boar bristles will absorb water, whereas badger will shed water; badger, however can hold more water than boar. Unlike the many grades of badger hair, boar bristles are not categorized by the area of the boar they are retrieved from. There is no commonly accepted means to classify bristle brushes. Boar bristles are naturally a better choice with hard soaps. A softer and much more flexible badger hair will require more work and more time to extract the same quantity of soap.
Generally used for mass produced, factory made and relatively inexpensive shaving brushes. There is generally less hair in each brush but it will still perform well to create a shaving lather. The hair is generally completely dark grey in colour.
This is a good quality badger hair. It is normally regarded as the benchmark standard of shaving brush manufacturers. The hair is generally grey in colour although the colours of individual hairs vary from grey and brown to black. This most popular quality creates lather far superior to that resulting from the use of a bristle brush.
This is finer, longer and softer than ‘best’ badger and, because it is finer, more hair is required to fill a brush. This high quality grade of badger hair is only used in hand filled brushes. Visually, the badger knot displays a distinctive darker band around the middle and is capped with very light tips presented in a natural fan shape, using the natural hair end to create the shape. Super badger brushes are very soft.
Silver Tip Badger
This is highest quality of all. The finely graded and sorted natural silver tip badger hair is the softest, rarest and most expensive badger hair. The pure colouring of this hair is enhanced by careful hand grading and sorting and shaping. The long hair is ultra soft flexible and will provide years of luxurious shaving and the richest, creamiest lather.
Synthetic fibre shaving brushes offer a perfect alternative to genuine badger hair. The individual fibres have been developed to mimic the performance of natural badger hair. By absorbing water to combine with shaving cream or soap a rich shaving lather will be produced to create a perfect start to your shaving routine. These brushes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are available in a variety of sizes.