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Types and Grades of Shaving Brushes

The variety and choice of shaving brushes available to the wet shaver is overwhelming, with different bristle types, different handles, different sizes of bristle knot and more. At Executive Shaving we have created this guide to help you navigate through the different types and grades of shaving brushes, hopefully, it will help you choose the right brush for you to use to get the best shave. If you need any further advice or help on this subject please call us on 0141 880 3040, or email us at

Silver Tip Badger (very, very soft), also known as Super Badger, Shaving Brushes

Silver Tip badger hair, or Super Badger hair, with natural untrimmed silver tips is the highest quality available in shaving brushes world wide. The pure colouring, enhanced by careful hand grading and filling, comes from expert selection of only the finest hairs from the neck of the animal. The shape of silver tip filled brushes, is created by hand and is not trimmed to create the overall badger bundle shape. The long hair is ultra soft and very flexible, guaranteeing wet shavers many years of luxurious shaving. Silver Tip or Super Badger shaving brushes are the very best shaving brushes available. They are good at lathering up both shaving cream and shaving soap, and are extremely soft and gentle on the skin, which makes them ideal if you suffer from sensitive skin..

Best Badger Shaving Brushes

This is a firmer quality of badger hair, machine graded for machine filled brushes. It is normally regarded as the benchmark standard of shaving brush manufacturers. The white/brown colour in our brushes indicates an above average standard and also confirms that the mixture of hair is very pure. The hair is stiffer to the touch and is always very popular with wet shavers who use their brush to exfoliate their skin at the same time as preparing it for shaving. Our range of best badger will also last many years and is presented with a natural tapered shape. A best badger hair shaving brush is ideal if you like to use shaving soaps, as the stiffer bristles create a much thicker and richer lather from the shainvg soap.

Pure Badger Shaving Brushes

The Pure Badger shaving brush shows less colour differential along the length of the hair than the magnificent Silvertip. This hair is very fine and the most commonly used in shaving brushes. Pure badger hair shaving brushes are rougher than Silver Tip or Best, making them ideal for shaving soaps and exfoliating the skin.

Boar Hair Shaving Brushes

Made from boar hair, which is much thicker, courser and stiffer than even Pure Badger hair. A boar hair shaving brush can take some time to break in as the hairs are very stiff. They do, however, make excellent brushes for using with shaving soaps, which can require some effort to create a good shaving lather. The stiffer bristles exfoliate the skin and raise the hairs of the beard up, ready for shaving.

Synthetic Shaving Brushes

This description is for non badger / boar / horse hair brushes. Manufactured to the same high standards as badger shaving brushes, vegan as no animal died to provide the hair. As soft on the face as a Silvertip badger hair brush. The best synthetic hair shaving brushes are on a par with badger hair brushes in terms of softness on the face, lathering capabilities and heat and water retention.

Travel Shaving Brushes

A selection of the finest travel shaving brushes available in traditional faux ivory or metal. In some cases, the ingenious handle doubles up as a protective tube once the shaving brush is disassembled, allowing you to enjoy the ultimate shaving experience even when on your travels. Others are smaller versions of standard size shaving brushes that fit into a handy tube when you're on your travels.

Shaving Brush Handle Material

Traditionally ivory, shaving brush handles no come in a variety of different sizes and materials. Most are synthetic resin, which is both waterproof and resiliant, so will last a life time. For more expensive brushes materials such as desert iron wood, bog oak and olivewood are used to create stunningly visual brushes.

To view our full range of Badger hair shaving brushes click here.