Close Shaveinfo Home
Bristle Styles and Additional Information
This picture shows bristle flexibility and
bristle types. Equal pressure was applied to each brush in this demonstration. The average for badger
"bloom" is three to four inches with larger brushes having a wider bloom
Heat from warm water and lather is maintained in the bristles internal socket and the higher the bristle grade, the more pronounced these qualities are. Boar is stiffer and does not have the same characteristics as the badger. The order of bristle grades shown here reflect the order for price ranges starting from most economical and going to most expensive.
For more detailed information review the brushes FAQ and Anatomy of a Brush web pages and the additional information below.
Please Note: These are only examples as different brush sizes will yield different measurements and bristle shades can vary from batch to batch due to natural material.
As a company dealing in badger brushes the question about the source for badger hair comes up quite often. We have had conversations about this with many of the manufacturers we work with.Mr.Philip Watterson, former Managing Director, Progress Shaving Brush (Vulfix) Ltd provided us with what we consider excellent information on this subject, and is our basic understanding within the industry. He said this information could be shared as necessary and we think it would be educational here...
In addition, sometimes a customer has mentioned hearing that badger are sheared like sheep and ask if this is true? Mr. Watterson indicated that from his vantage point badger are not sheared like sheep. Em's Place has never heard that from any of the other brush makers we communicate with either.In regard to boar brushes, our understanding is those bristles are primarily sourced from China, India and Russia.
Bristles for the different grades are gathered from different parts of the body as explained on the brushes Faq page. It is important to understand that badger hair can vary slightly even within the same category due to factors such as region, climate, health, age, time of year and other situations that play a part in this process. Natural products will always have slight variations because they are not synthetics. The highest grade in the silver tips category is what we refer to as upland or colder region badger (also sometimes referred to by a geographical region). These bristles are typically more stout and have tips with more lightness - as certain regions or upland areas are colder and can produce this grade of bristle which is more expensive.
Further, brush makers use considerable care and attention when grading and sorting the badger bristles used. This process aids in the consistency of bristle knots from one maker to another, taking into consideration these natural variance factors.