brushes may be composed of either natural or synthetic materials with the
handles often being decorative and made from a variety of materials but shaped
for comfort and ease in applying shaving cream or soap.
brushes are used by "wet shavers" together with a double-edged safety
razor or a straight razor.
There are three key types of shaving brush ‘Fill’;
Brushes are filled with bristles and the type of bristle and the quantity of
‘Fill’ combine to differentiate the quality of the brush. A mix of synthetic
and natural fibres such as nylon and boar bristles is sometimes used to combine
the qualities of both natural and synthetic materials.
- Synthetic fibre filled shaving
brushes; Hard wearing and
stiffer then a badger hair brush, and a less expensive alternative. A
nylon fibre brushes is an excellent alternative to a Badger Hair brush and
is a good brush to buy if you are trying wet shaving for the first time.
- Boars hair filled shaving brushes; Boar's hair is considered to be as stiff as
synthetic bristle, but as a natural product, has a higher water retention
capacity, making it easier to work up an effective lather, (See article
‘The Perfect Shave’). However, boar's hair has a tendency to break more
readily than synthetic bristles and is less hard wearing.
- Badger hair filled shaving brushes; Badger hair comes in a variety of qualities.
The natural material used for most shaving brushes is Badger Hair, this is
because it is like human hair as it absorbs water and it is this
characteristic that makes Badger Hair perfect for shaving brushes.
Hair shaving brushes:
are four grades of badger hair used in the making of shaving brushes;-
badger is the term used to describe badger hair brushes using the most common
hair from the underbelly of a badger, the hair which covers around 60% of a
badger's body. This hair varies greatly in softness, pliability and color. Pure
badger hair is usually dark in color, but fluctuates from a light tan to
near-black or silvery sheen. The hair is coarser than 'best' or 'silvertip'
hair due to its larger shaft. Most often, pure badger brush hairs are trimmed
to shape and the brush has a stiffer consistency than the finer badger hair
badger is the term used to describe brushes made with the finer and more
pliable hairs from 20 - 25% of the badger's body. It is longer in length and
lighter in color than 'pure' badger hair. A 'best' badger brush is more densely
filled with hair than the 'pure' badger brush and will produce a
correspondingly greater lather.
super badger brush is a more expensive than either 'best' or 'pure'. Sometimes
this hair is described as 'silvertip' and it is often highly graded 'pure' hair
bleached on the ends to resemble silvertip.
it is composed of 'pure' badger hairs, 'super' is graded and sorted so that its
performance is superior to that of 'best' and the result is a brush that is not
tell the difference between 'super' or 'silvertip' badger hair, to look at the
color of the bristle tips. A true 'silvertip' brush has tips that are
off-white. A 'super' brush has bristle tips that are a plainer, slightly grey
white and the light color of the tips does not extend as far down the shaft of
the hair as a ‘silvertip’ bush.
silvertip badger brush is made from pure, top quality silvertip badger hair and
is the most expensive type of badger hair. The tips on this hair appear white
naturally, without bleaching. The "flared" bristle load gives the
silvertip brush its ‘full’ appearance and allows the brush to retain a large
amount of water. With its greater water retention capacity, a silvertip brush
can create a full shaving lather quickly.
on the picture to find the perfect shaving brush for you. Select from Kent,
Simpson, Vulfix and Mason Pearson brands.