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:
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.
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.
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
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.
This is a premium synthetic alternative to natural badger hair every densely filled synthetic silver tip fibre bundle/knot/shaving brush head is hand made. Each brush can retain optimum amounts of hot water to create a rich, luxurious shaving cream or soap lather for perfect wet shaving. The other key benefit is that the brush dries very quickly and is extremely resistant to problems associated with lather residue in natural badger hair brushes.
These features make the Silvertip Fibre® brush remarkably durable for daily use and especially for travel. The soft, densely filled, shaving brush head means a synthetic silver tip Fibre shaving brush is now the first choice for many discerning wet shavers.
The Synthetic Silver Tip fibre used is a fine machine extruded polyester, thermoplastic polymer filament. It is very robust and is highly resistant to wear and discolouration and the soft feel and texture does not deteriorate. During manufacture graduated colouration is applied to the polyester fibres to closely resemble the natural colour of real silver tip badger hair.
To closely mimic the feel of silver tip badger hair, each individual fibre is extruded with a natural, built in flex point and the precision machined taper near the tip is designed to guarantee ultra-soft and flexible performance. The carefully calculated diameter of each special fibre closely matches the diameter of natural silver tip badger hair.
This is a standard, synthetic and affordable alternative to pure badger hair and each black synthetic bundle is machine made. The black synthetic fibre retains hot water which, when combined with shaving cream or soap, can create a creamy shaving cream or soap lather perfect for wet shaving. The other benefit is that our synthetic brushes dry very quickly and are extremely resistant to problems associated with lather residue in natural badger hair brushes. The brush will soften over time and in use gently massages the face during lathering.
These features make a synthetic fibre brush remarkably durable for daily use and especially for travel. Black Synthetic Fibre shaving brush is now the first choice for many wet shavers.
The black synthetic fibre is a machine extruded polyester, thermoplastic polymer filament. It is very robust and is highly resistant to wear and discolouration and the feel and texture does not deteriorate. During manufacture black colouration is applied to the polyester fibres and, combining it with occasional white fibres, it closely resembles the natural colour of natural pure badger hair.
Each individual fibre is extruded with a natural flex point designed to guarantee flexibility and equally good performance characteristics expected from natural badger hair. The carefully calculated diameter of each special fibre closely matches the diameter of pure badger hair.
- 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. Badger hair is a natural product that absorbs hot water and, in combination with shaving cream or soap, creates a rich shaving lather. The experience of users and recommendation of our supplier is that, if used with a shaving oil, over time the individual hairs will become coated with oil; as a consequence the ability to absorb water is reduced and the brush will not create such a good lather. Edwin Jagger does not guarantee the longevity or effectiveness of the brush if it has been used with shaving oil regularly.
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 thoroughly clean the brush.