Shaving Brushes

A brush is a brush –right? Not quite. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right brush for a perfect lather.

The first is price – brushes can range from inexpensive to pricey. Based on how it was made and the type and quality of the hair in the brush. Look at the size and shape of the brush, do you want a quick lather? Go with a larger size. Or do you want more control? Stick with something smaller then. When looking at each brush, consider the Loft, Knot and overall height.

Brush shapes come in fan or bulb. This is a contentious issue and there is no clear winner, experience and preference are the only real deciding factor. If you’re new at all this, don’t worry too much about it.

Finally, what type of hair do you want in your brush? The most common is Boar hair (also known as “natural”). It is the most common out of all the types: boar, badger, horse and synthetic. Boar hair comes in grades ranging from lesser to best quality (pure to fine to silvertip). The highest quality of boar is known as “silvertip” and is often handmade premium quality –with prices to match.

Synthetic brushes can offer a higher quality lather at a fraction of the price. Again, it can come down to personal preference and the types of soap or cream you’re lathering with.

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