Boar brushes are relatively inexpensive and found in a wide variety of stores. Synthetic brushes are easy to use and are low maintenance. Boar and synthetic brushes might have badger beat in a few departments, but nothing says “luxury” like a badger hair shave brush. Not all badger brushes are created equally, however. There is a bit of myth and mystery involved when it comes to deciphering badger hair terminology. Cutting through the hair grading system (and the marketing gimmicks) will help you make the most of your badger brush purchase.
A shave brush has two components: a handle and a knot. While it is certainly possible to shave with a handleless brush knot, it isn’t comfortable. Conversely, a handle without a knot can’t make a lather at all. While a handsome, well shaped handle catches our eye first, priority should be given to the knot when choosing a shave brush. Only after deciding on the knot most appropriate for one’s needs should handle choices come into the picture.