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Grades of Badger Shaving Brushes Explained – Silvertip, Super, Best, Pure, Mixed, Synthetic & Finest

Badger Hair Shaving Brushes Please find below a comprehensive list of all our badger brush grades to help you find your perfect shaving brush.

Please note that with some of our shaving brush suppliers, the categorisation terms used for their badger hair shaving brushes may differ from that stated below. Simpson's for example call their silvertip brushes 'super'. In general, Europeans call the silvertip grade silvertip while the Americans and Simpsons's prefer to use 'super'.

This is the most expensive type of shaving brush hair due to its rarity and quality and over half the badger hair used in the making of this exquisite brush is wasted during the production process. After production finest badger hair shaving brushes have remarkable soft tip qualities and are durable enough to last a great number of years, providing excellent water retention and an exceptional shaving experience.

Super Badger Shaving Brush
The hair used in the making of these super badger shaving brushes is the same as that used in a silvertip badger shaving brush. However these super badger hair shaving brushes receive special treatment. Firstly it is shipped all the way back to Europe before it is comprehensively and thoroughly redressed and re-graded. This specialist redressing results in the bundle of badger hair being sorted and the short twisted hairs of each shaving brush is removed.

This in turn leads the shaving brush hair feeling softer and with a whiter appearance and creates an even better lathering and water holding capacity of each shaving brush.

Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush
Silvertip badger shaving brush hair is one of the most expensive and rare types of badger hair underneath those classified as ‘finest'. These wonderful shaving brushes contain natural untrimmed hair whose tips appear white naturally, without the use of bleaching or any other processes. The pure and distinctive colouring of each silvertip shaving brush is enhanced carefully by the hand grading and filling of these fine hairs from the neck of the animal.

The flared bristle load of this glorious brush results in the shaving brushes fluffy appearance and lends the brush its ability to hold a large amount of water. Due to their extreme water retention capacity a silvertip badger brush can create an all-round well-formed shaving lather quickly and easily.

Best Badger Shaving Brush
Shaving brushes made from best badger hair are created using picked hair from the pars costails of the badger whilst the rest is made up of finer and more pliable hairs from 20 – 25% of the badger's body. These best badger shaving brushes contain longer hair than most other types of shaving brush, with the badger hair having a lighter colour than that of the pure badger hair variety of shaving brush.

A best badger shaving brush is more densely filled with hair than a pure badger shaving brush and so will produce a richer and greater lather on the face.

Pure Badger Shaving Brush

Pure badger shaving brushes are the most common type of shaving brush used in the UK. Pure badger hair is picked from the neck, shoulders, abdomen and buttocks of the badger and so is made up of hair which covers around 60% of a badger's body. The hair of this wonderful pure badger shaving brush varies greatly in softness, colour and pliability. Pure badger shaving brushes are predominantly dark in colour but can fluctuate between a light tan colour to a near black silvery sheen.

The hair of this badger shaving brush is coarser than that of best or silvertip shaving brushes due to its noticeably larger shaft.

Mixed Badger Hair Shaving Brush
Mixed hair brushes are surprisingly, fairly popular, probably due the low cost of these brushes. Mixed hair is basically what's left after the grading has been done for silvertip, best and pure. A mixed hair brush will mainly be made form best and pure hair.

Synthetic Hair Shaving Brushes
The new generation of synthetic hair brushes are known as 'G2 or Generation 2'. These G2 brushes mimic the lathering qualities of a good quality badger hair brush. They may not retain heat as well as a badger brush but that aside, they perform very well with soaps and creams. They are better suited as travel brushes than badger hair as synthetic hair dries out almost immediately, badger hair takes a lot longer.

Finest Badger Shaving Brush
Many manufacturers of high quality badger shaving brushes produce shaving brushes classified as ‘finest badger hair'. The finest badger hair for each shaving brush is picked from the back of a long haired species of badger that is only native to the most remote areas of China, such as the Guangxi province.

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