Brush types and their characteristics
We offer Synthetic, Boar, Mixed Bagder, Black Badger, Pure Badger, Best Badger, Super Badger and Silvertip. Herewith a quick guide to our brushes and their qualities.
This brush contains no animal products, it has a very soft feel on the skin, but low water retention ability. This knot offers good stiffness, and works quite well when face lathering is your preferred method for getting the good stuff to a creamy status. It is also ideal for persons with sensitive skin and persons allergic to animal hair products. These brushes are becoming the trend because of durability and a wide availability of colors and sizes.
Harvested from hogs, this is by far the most common brush as it is generally the cheapest and toughest. Course boar bristles are selected by guys who likes to work a brush hard and has a good ability to retain water. This brush will change properties over the first few weeks of use, it needs to be 'broken in' as such, some classic shavers prefer these to the finest badger, a must in any man's collection. Very high stiffness, becoming less so over time
Boar or bristle knot
an Economical Badger brush, mixed hair gives it a uniform grey bristle appearance. Medium bristles, average water retention ability matched with low to medium stiffness.
Mixed badger knot
Basically the same as Mixed badger, but tinted to a deeper color for a distinctive black appearance.
Black badger knot
Pure badger are badger hair brushes that use the mostly hair from the underbelly of a badger, this hair type covers around 60% of a badger's body. This hair varies greatly in softness, pliability and color, and is normally bleached and dyed for a uniform appearance. a Medium soft feel on the skin with good water retention and medium stiffness makes this a very good choice for any classic shaver. Pure badger brush hairs are very often trimmed to shape, resulting in somewhat stiff, rough ends.
Pure Badger knot
Best badger are brushes made with the finer and more pliable hairs from the badger's body (cover 20% to 25% of 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. However, some wet shavers argue that the variance between the quality of a 'pure' and a 'best' badger brush is negligible. Best badger and better quality brush hairs are often manufactured in such a way that the ends do not have to be cut to shape. Feel, courseness and water retention are slightly better than Pure Badger.
Best badger knot
Though it is composed of 'pure' badger hairs, it is graded and sorted to such a degree that its performance is superior to that of 'best'. The brush is not prickly.
One way to determine if a brush bears a 'super' or 'silvertip' badger hair load is to look at the color of the bristle tips. A true 'silvertip' brush has tips that are an off-white. A 'super' brush on the other hand has bristle tips that are a more sterile, slightly greyed white; moreover, the light color of the tips does not extend as far down the shaft of the hair. a This knot has a soft feel to the skin, very good water retention and well balanced stiffness.