Brush types and their characteristics


Brush Knots

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.

Synthetic

No animal products, it has a very soft feel on the skin, low water retention ability. Low stiffness. For sensitive skin and persons allergic to animal hair products.

Synthetic knot

 

Boar

Harvested from hogs, by far the most common brush as it is generally the cheapest and toughest. Course bristles for guys who likes to work a brush hard with a good water retention ability. This brush will change properties over the first few weeks of use, '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

 

Mixed Badger

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

Black Badger 

Basically the same as Mixed badger, but tinted to a deeper color for a distinctive black appearance.

Black badger knot

Pure badger

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

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

Super badger

a Super Badger brush is more expensive than either 'best' or 'pure'. While some may call this hair 'silvertip', it is mostly highly graded 'pure' hair bleached on the ends to resemble silvertip.

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.

Super badger knot

Silvertip badger

These are made from pure, top quality silvertip badger hair. Silvertip badger is the most expensive and rare type of badger hair. The tips on this hair appear white naturally, without bleaching. A "flared" bristle load gives results in the 'silvertip' brush's fluffy appearance and lends the brush its ability to hold a large amount of water. Due to its water retention capacity, a 'silvertip' brush can create well-formed shaving lather quickly and easily. Generally considered the best brush to have in the line-up of badger brushes.
Silvertip knot