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We have all types of shaving brushes: Silvertip Badger, Super Badger, Best Badger, Pure Badger, Boar Hair, Horse Hair and Synthetic. Don't know what any of that means?Learn more about Shaving Brush Hair Types. Or see our curated Shaving Brush Recommendations.

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Shaving Brush Education

Shaving Brushes have dual functionality. First they are used to create great lathers from shaving creams and shaving soaps. Second, they lift the beard and exfoliates the skin, to allow for a better shave.

Differences in Shaving Brush hair types

There are 4 common types of hair: Badger hair, Boar hair, Horse hair, and Synthetic hair. Badger hair is considered the best type of hair because of its superior ability to hold water and heat, allowing for a better lather. Boar and Horse hair tend to be less soft and hold less water, a great option for someone starting in wet shaving. Synthetic is also a great option for someone who wants a vegan option.

Pure, Best, Super and Silvetip Badger Hair Brushes

There is a range of quality of badger hair brushes going from the lower end Pure Badger to the higher end Silvertip Badger. As you go up the range, the hair becomes softer and the brush usually retains more water. Also the coloration tends to lighten as you go up the range, with Pure badger being the darkest in color, Best badger usually with different bands of color, and Silvertip with a more white color.

Shaving Brush Knot, Loft and Backbone

The knot refers to the diameter of the base of the hair. The larger the knot, the more hair there is...usually. Some knots are more densely packed than others. Loft refers to the height of the hair from the base of the knot to the top of the hair. Backbone refers to how strong the hairs stand up to pressure. Backbone is a combination of knot, loft and type of hair. The larger the knot, the more dense it is, and the shorter the loft, the more backbone it will have. Boar and Horse tend to have more backbone than badger hair. A brush without much backbone is considered "floppy".

Which stands does my brush fit into?

We are updating the information for every brush to show which stand it fits into. Look on the other information section of the product page.

Shaving Brushes Reviews
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Best Badger Duke 3
This is my second Duke series brush, and it has been a fine brush so far with both soaps and cream. I prefer the slightly stouter knot brushes 23-24mm, and the Duke 3 fits that niche perfect. I have not experienced any shedding with this Simpson brush at this time. I would recommend this brush to others that prefer the slightly larger and denser knot brush, its not a water hog and creates very good lather.
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Long Term Performer
My Shavemac silvertip is now about 4 years young and still going strong. I use the brush about 4 times a week, mainly puck soap, face lathering, and couldn't be happier. The brush is beautifully made, rarely sheds, and has held it's shape and stiffness over time. I would definitely buy another when the time comes.
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Kent H8
Great look, soft yet firm enough to whip up a thick rich paint, short break in time, maybe 4 or 5 hairs lost during a years use .
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Kent BK8 Traditional Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush
The brush meets every expectation! Could not ask for more.
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Why pay more?
After being very satisfied with a Parker BHPB for the past three years, I was looking for a comparable brush with a slightly larger handle and a little more loft. Having tried a number of more expensive brushes from well-known brands, I came back to WCS for the Parker WHPB and now that I've used it for a couple of weeks (shaving daily) I can say it's exactly what I have been looking for. It's a slightly larger version of the BHPB with a little more backbone - perfect! I use the two for creams, Proraso red and Bigelow, and use a Simpson Commodore X2 for Proraso white croap in the tub (hopefully, WCS will be adding the new Proraso white in the tube) in regular rotation. Don't let the low price fool you - this is a great brush that feels and works as well as brushes costing 2 - 3 times more.
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Great brush
This brush is very good. It was a gift from my wife when i expressed interest in a horse hair brush since i have badger, boar, and synthetic. After letting it soak, it gave a great lather. It's as expected after research- a great middle ground between badger and boar. it's has some backbone but is very soft with good water retention. it is also very attractive in person.

it's got a good size (my hands are average) and gave no trouble with loading a good lather. as with other hair brushes, it had a little odor but i expect it will wear off as my badgers did.

if you're curious with trying something different than badger but don't want the harshness that can be boar and don't like synthetic, horse is definitely your route. plus, for those who care, it's cruelty free.