Choosing the right shaving brush

Preparation for the perfect shave is as important as the act itself and investing in the right shaving brush plays a huge part in making or breaking your shaving regime.  You’ve chosen the right oil and cream for your skin type and now you need a brush to achieve a rich, creamy lather that exfoliates the skin and raises the stubble for the smoothest shave. As Professionals the team at ESQ use Finest Badger bristle brushes for our services, but here is a breakdown of performance and price range of the type of brushes available to you out there to help you make a decision on which brush is the right investment for you….

Choose wisely sir.


Most often with bristles of nylon, whilst the quality is getting better with some brands, these brushes are very much entry level to the serious wet shaver, mostly are poorly made, (very annoying removing a detached bristle from your lather mid shave!) have a very poor water retention which makes for a far less creamy lather.

Expect to pay $5.00 - $20.00

Boar bristle

Boar's hair whilst a step up from the synthetic version in terms of lather is often thought of as stiff and "prickly", it does have a higher water retention capacity also, resulting in a fuller and more effective lather. However, boar's hair has a tendency to break more readily than synthetic bristles and has nowhere near the water retention of a badger bristle

Price range of $20.00 - $60.00

Badger bristle

Badger hair is renowned for its softness and water retention comes in 3 or 4 different grades which are sourced from different parts of the badger, any expert will tell you that the difference between the badger grades are small compared to the vast difference of shave quality of the less traditional bristle types, even the ‘lowest’ grade of badger being of a much higher standard of either the synthetic or boar hair versions. In Australia we generally recognize 3 grades:

  • Pure badger

Referred to as ‘pure’ or ‘fine’ badger hair, the bristles are sourced from the badgers underbelly, which, because they have a thicker shaft they tend to be the coarser bristles, though still excellent in retaining water and distributing a rich creamy lather. These brushes tend to be trimmed down to shape which the purists say makes for a slightly ‘prickly’ A good example should last you 5 – 7 years before it needs replacing.

Expect to pay $70.00 - $120.00

  • Finest badger

Also known as ‘best’ badger bristle, these bristles are sourced from finer hairs on the Badgers body, the bristles themselves are finer and more pliable, and the brushes are more densely filled with hair than the 'pure' badger brush and will produce a correspondingly greater lather. These brushes should last you a good 10 years and are a fantastic choice of brush if you’re a serious shaver.

Price region of $140.00 - $200.00

  • Silvertip

These brushes are undoubtedly the Rolls Royce of shaving brushes, sourced from the finest hair of the badger; the tips on this hair have a natural white appearance. A "flared" bristle load gives results in the brush's fluffy appearance and gives the brush its ability to hold a large amount of water. Due to its water retention capacity, a 'silvertip' brush can create well-formed shaving lather quickly and easily, eventually saving you money on the amount of shave cream you use and helping you to your best shave for 15 years or more.

Prices range from around $250.00 to $1000.00!


Whichever you feel is the right brush for yourself, you can comfort yourself in the fact that your shaving regime is well beyond the dry shave or the shave cream out of a can!

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