Ask Aaron Q/A: Choosing the right shaving brush

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Per Hansson, from Sweden, asks:

“Hi, I’m considering a new shaving brush and need assistance. The ones I’ve looked at are KentBK8 Silvertip, Simpsons Duke Best Badger D3 and Progress Vulfix 2235 Super Badger. Can you please advice me on pros and cons of these as I’m a little confused in my choice? Cheers Per.”

Simpsons Duke Best Badger Brush (D3)
Simpsons Duke Best Badger Brush (D3)


“Mr. Hansour,

The largest differences in shaving brushes stem from hair type, loft (how high the hair extends from the brush), and handle size/shape. In regards to badger hair there are three major grades of quality: pure, best, and finest. (there are technically one or two more, but it’s hairsplitting and we won’t worry about it here) The quality of hair is listed from least to best. There are some differences in the way the hair feels but buy for what your budget can afford.

Regarding loft, a lot depends on personal personal desire but it is generally recommended that if you use more creams choose a brush that has a higher loft, and a shorter loft if you use more soaps. If you seem to use both about equally then choose a brush with a middle range loft.

Handle size can play a factor if you have small or large hands, or they are thick or skinny. Find a larger or long handle for large hands and a thinner handle for thin ones. I hope this helps in your choice of a brush (I’ve eyed the Kent for quite some time a very good choice!)!

Smooth shaving!

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