Shaving Brush Information
- Badger Shaving Brushes
Badger Hair has been used for more than two centuries to make the best shaving brushes; it is quality graded according to the appearance and softness of the hairs; the ascending classifications are Pure, Best and Super. The cost of any brush reflects the quality and quantity of hair used for the brush. The hair, which is sourced under licence from China, is rigorously cleansed, sterilised and quality checked before use.
- Why Use Badger Hair?
Badger hair absorbs water and combined quality shaving cream and or soap and air creates a rich, quality lather. The lathering process whips hot water, soap and air into a warm, creamy foam that will cleanse and exfoliate the skin, lift the beard hairs and lubricate the path of the razor to produce a comfortable and reliable shave.
The main types of brush hair available:
Pure Badger - Generally used for mass produced, factory made and relatively inexpensive shaving brushes. There is generally less hair in each brush but it will still perform well to create a shaving lather. The hair is generally completely dark grey in colour.
Best Badger - This is a good quality badger hair. It is normally regarded as the benchmark standard of shaving brush manufacturers. The hair is generally grey in colour although the colours of individual hairs vary from grey and brown to black. This most popular quality creates lather far superior to that resulting from the use of a bristle brush.
Super Badger - This is finer, longer and softer than ‘best’ badger and, because it is finer, more hair is required to fill a brush. This high quality grade of badger hair is only used in hand filled brushes. Visually, the badger knot displays a distinctive darker band around the middle and is capped with very light tips presented in a natural fan shape, using the natural hair end to create the shape. The shape of Edwin Jagger Super Badger brushes is created by the hand production process. Unlike some manufacturers we do not trim the hair to create the overall badger hair shape and, because the naturally tapering tips of the hair have not been trimmed, our super badger brushes are very soft
Silver Tip Badger - This is highest quality of all. The finely graded and sorted natural silver tip badger hair is the softest, rarest and most expensive badger hair. The pure colouring of this hair is enhanced by careful hand grading and sorting and shaping. The domed shape of our silver tip filled brushes is created by experienced hand skills. The long hair is ultra soft flexible and will provide years of luxurious shaving and the richest, creamiest lather.
Synthetic Silver Tip Fibre - Synthetic fibre shaving brushes offer a perfect alternative to genuine badger hair. The individual fibres have been developed to mimic the performance of natural badger hair. By absorbing water to combine with shaving cream or soap a rich shaving lather will be produced to create a perfect start to your shaving routine. These brushes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are available in a variety of sizes.
- How A Brush Is Made
The average handmade brush contains approximately 14000 hairs, weighed precisely to fit the clamping ring that holds the bundle/knot together. The manufacturing process is highly skilled one and most of the work is done by hand using traditional tools.
A ‘tuft’ or bunch of hair is combed out to remove any hairs not lying straight. The hairs are then positioned, tip-first, into a forming block with a concave interior to produce the distinctive ‘dome’ shape of a quality brush. The end of the bundle is tied off with twine and then glued into a ring clamp. The glue secures the hairs in the finished shape of the brush. The base or ‘shaft’ ends of the hairs are cut straight to complete the manufacture. Unlike some manufacturers Edwin Jagger shaving brushes are not trimmed to create the overall badger hair shape The clamped knots are securely cemented into a variety of handles, creating wonderful brushes that will last for many years.
- How To Look After Your Brush
A badger hair brush is a natural product that with loving care may last ten to fifteen years. When you get a new brush it is quite natural for a few loose hairs to come away from the brush in the first few weeks; this hair loss is the few shorter hairs that did not reach all the way into the glued base. There is no cause for concern. Wet your brush thoroughly before use, lather gently using a light circular or up and down motion, no pressure is required for lathering.
After shaving, rinse the brush thoroughly in clean hand hot water, flick away excess water and hang the brush on a stand with the hair pointing down. If you do not have a stand, leave the brush pointing up rather than horizontal, so that air can get to all the hairs and dry the brush naturally. If natural hair that is left wet, under the right conditions mildew can grow in the knot base and this weakens the individual hairs causing the hair to fracture. Avoid storing a wet brush for long periods. If your brush has a build-up of soap, soak it in a solution of borax or borax substitute.
** Use of shaving oil will reduce the effectiveness of your brush as the oil will coat the hairs and prevent the absorption of water. If you have used a shaving oil then first use some hand soap to create a lather in the brush and remove some of the oiliness. Then proceed to stage 1.