In the past I was a canned shaving cream or gel kinda guy. As I mentioned in an earlier post about shaving soap, I’ve recently moved over to using shaving soaps for a richer lather and better experience. One of the key parts of this system is the shaving brush. Seeing the old brush and mug always makes me think of Floyd the barber from The Andy Griffith Show.
When I decided to get one I figured one brush was as good as another. I was wrong. With a multitude of choices available it was a little difficult at first to know what to look for and why. For starters I would recommend looking for a 100% Badger Brush at the least. Why badger? Badger hair is ideal due its ability to absorb and hold water.
As it turns out, all badger hair is apparently not created equal either. Qualities of brushes vary depending on where the hair for the brush is harvested from on the animal. The neck and under regions being of higher quality. Most of this is best left for elitists to debate about. What matters, and what you really want to look for is a brush that’s not too stiff that mistake it for a hedgehog doesn’t smell like a wet badger!
The Escali Badger Brush is about $12.95 at time of writing and is a good brush to get started with. It has no smell to it. It will be a little stiff at first but breaking it in is as simple as wetting it and pushing it around your hand a bit. The brushes tend to shed a few bristles at first but if it continues losing them its no good.
For a little more money WSP makes very nice brushes like their High Density Badger Brush or if you desperately need to rid yourself of about $130 you can go for the King of Shaving Brushes. Feel free to send me one too! As for shaving bowls, you probably don’t need one. Most soaps come in a container of some sort and a ceramic mug works just as well if they don’t