Hello to all our new and loyal customers.
We would like to thank all the people that phoned in, as to the whereabouts and availability if any of the white mountain badger hair.
Finally we are pleased to annouce for the first time in almost 30 years we have a small supply of our shaving brushes made of Manchurian Badger hair, also known as white mountain badger. The unique properties of this hair is the amazing difference between the super soft white tips and the stiff black hair remainder, as you lather your face you have a lovely soft feel as you apply the lather and as you press harder the stiff part of hair stalk exfoliates the face with a firm feel making the facial hairs extremely soft and ready for the razor to shave. We don't know if we would receive anymore of this particular hair in the near future. We have placed on the site the same handle with 2 different badger hairs fitted in. The manchurian is shorter with just the 2 shades white and black and also known amongst serious collectors as two-band badger.
Very Special Grades
These hair types are rare and are often not produced as a standard grade, but rather a special subcategory because they have very distinctive physical characteristics from other grades of badger hair. Finest and two-band badger are examples that fall in to this category.
These hair types typically have a very firm tensile strength that results in a brush that is very dense and very stiff, a trait preferred by many wet shaving enthusiasts and collectors of shaving brushes. They are identified by their long and striking white tips that sharply contrast with dark black section of the hair that extends all the way down to the base of the knot. Because these black and white sections are the only visible parts of the hair in the knot, they are referred as two-band. Hair that meets these criteria is difficult to source and a result these brushes are not always available. They are generally very high in demand and prized among brush collectors.
Our Super Badger
Super badger hair is a finer gauge of hair and has a softer feel than best grade hair. Super badger is not as readily available as best, and it is harvested from the back of the animal. The hair has a distinctive colour pattern with a black banded midsection in the hair and whiter tips than the lower quality hair types. The white tips of super badger are very soft on the face and have little to no scratchiness on the skin. Super badger hair is often colour treated by some brush makers to further enhance the whiteness of the brush's cap; however, the tips have the natural taper of the hair shaft and are not trimmed to form the shape of the brush loft. The white tips of the hair are often short and make up the smallest percentage of the length of the hair shaft. Because the brushes are filled with finer hair, more individual hairs are required to fill the brush's knot making them very dense yet soft and luxurious in feel.
Proper care of the shaving brush becomes increasingly more important with super badger brushes. These brushes are filled with more delicate hair and are more susceptible to damage if the brush is abused or not dried properly after each use. The finer gauge of super badger gives it superior water absorbing properties over lower grades of badger hair. The density and water holding capacity of super badger brushes offers a noticeable difference in performance when lathering soaps and creams. These brushes are capable of easily creating some of the richest and creamiest lather making them a popular choice for men who want the finest quality of shaving brushes available. Super badger is the highest grade offered by many manufacturers and is significantly more expensive than best badger.
So after all these years we can finally present you with the ultimate shaving brush to suit your needs, your face and of course your pocket.
Best regards BOB