Posted on 11th Dec 2008 @ 9:49 AM
A shaving brush's value is determined by its bristle load more than any other factor. Prices range from $5 synthetic brands to $1200 top-of-the-line brands made of the finest badger hair. Badger hair is widely considered to be the finest and most luxurious material possible for its water retention capacity, smooth sensation on the face, and durability that are unmatched by other natural or synthetic materials. The three common gradations of badger hair include "pure" badger, "best" badger, and "super" badger, although the definitions vary slightly by manufacturers:
Super badger: This brush is characterized with a long hair with a soft creamy white tip, also known as Silver tip. It is a must-have for the serious shaver. It is the ultimate quality in badger hair. The pure coloring, enhanced by careful hand grading and filling, comes from expert selection of only the finest hairs from the neck of the animal. It is the softest and the most resistance hair. Silvertip brush heads are hand assembled and should last 10 years or more when used properly (without pressure on brush when lathering), stored adequately (hair down to dry in an open space) and with minimal maintenance (no pulling nor twisting of hair. Just rinse, shake excess water and hang hair down to dry).
Best badger: Hair varies from long to medium length with a soft darker creamy tip. This hair has superior water retention qualities and is generally softer than the Pure Badger brush.
Pure badger: This is a good quality of badger hair, recognized for a coarser, darker hair of medium to short length. The hair is stiffer to the touch and is popular with wet shavers who use their brush to exfoliate their skin at the same time as preparing it for shaving.
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Silver tip badger: This is the finest Badger hair available in the manufacture of shaving brushes and it originates from the neck of the animal. Its limited availability gives the badger hair special status amongst the shaving fraternity, indeed some would deem it the holy grail. The hair is untreated and comes in its natural state, shaped by the hand and left un-trimmed to give an exceptionally soft feel.
Super badger: This is a very high-quality grade of badger hair, used only in our hand filled brushes. This hair is chosen by the more discerning wet shaver for its softness on the skin and water retention qualities. A unique dark band capped by light, almost white tips makes this hair very recognizable in its appearance. All of our Super Badger brushes are hand made and the tapered head shape is achieved without the use of trimming machinery, a time saving method employed by other manufacturers. As a result we guarantee the softest and smoothest of shaves from tips in their natural state. A Super Badger brush should give its user many years of service.
Pure badger: Our Pure Badger hair is of the highest quality, carefully graded for hand filled brushes. It is regarded as the benchmark in terms of quality by leading shaving brush manufacturers. The hair is dark and silver in appearance, immediately identifying the brush as being of an above average standard, and confirming the purity of the hair mixture. This grade of hair is firmer to the touch and is favoured by traditionalists looking to exfoliate the skin prior to shaving. Our Pure Badger range comes in the classic tapered head shape.
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