Wet Shave Lingo: What’s the Difference Between a Boar Shaving Brush and a Badger Shaving Brush
We went around looking into this interesting question regarding the Boar or Badger Shaving brush because we want you guys to have a quick and easy read highlighting some of the important differences.
In the end we found some seven (7) differences we think will help you spend your money in the right direction when taking your wet shave to the next level. Here they are:
Difference # 1: Boar bristle knot will absorb less water than badger hair.
If, for some reason, large loads of water is part of your lathering regimen, then a badger brush is probably the better option.
Difference # 2: Boar bristles can be longer and firmer than badger.
If you prefer a firmer exfoliating action during face lathering then the boar bristle is the definite way to go. If however that extra length poses a problem, then a badger brush might be the answer.
Difference # 3: Boar is cheaper, but they don’t last as long.
The inevitable conundrum between cost and quality is one that only you can ultimately solve for yourself. If you have the bucks then we suggest go for a good quality wet shaving brush that will last you for years to come. In the long run, you definitely save.
Difference # 4: Boar takes longer to break in than badger.
We actually think this is a plus. The craftsman in you might find this appealing and add to the charm and interest of your life as a wet shaver.
Consider, then, for a moment that by paying close attention to your technique and the type (including quality and cost) of wet shaving brush you use, you can learn the character of each of your wet brushes. Some pointers to consider:
- Does your wet shave brush require a break in period?
- What happens in your break in period for that particular bush in terms of bristle quality (hardens softens) and quantity (any bristle loss and if so, at what rate?)?
- How long does it take for each type of wet shave brush before the bristle knot is replaced?
- What are the big issues in terms of the quality of your wet shave experience that is lost or fades with an old and nearing ‘retirement’ wet shaving brush.
- What quality do you love most about your wet shave brush and why?
- What type of wet shave brush is best for which type of application?
Finding answers to these and other questions – your own answers – over the years of wet shaving can be enormously rewarding. It’s the journey gentlemen, not the destination.
Difference # 5: Boar is more of a bristle whereas badger looks and feels like hair.
Because of this difference the boar is less likely to retain heat and the lather it forms tends to be less dense, hydrated, soft and less smooth in application as compared to the badger brush.
If having a rich warm lather for a large duration of your wet shave sounds great, then it has to be a badger brush all the way.
Difference # 6: Boar is great for soap lathering and face lathering because of the firmer bristles.
The idea (in a nut shell) is, pressure is needed to fully engage the hardened cake of soap and extract lathering richness in the process. Also keep in mind the exfoliating power that comes to its full when utilizing a robust boar wet shave brush.
Badger brushes such as the silver tip badger have a denser and consequently firmer knot but can be pricey.
Difference # 7: Boar brushes’ quality control on average not as stringent as badger brushes
This again speaks to the production quality and of course the price. Now, wet shavers are not generally the pretentious snobs who refuse to wet shave unless they have the most expensive gear.
If you are a college student or have financial pressure then do not despair because there is wet shaving gear priced right no matter your income potential. As we grow as wet shavers, we suggest you participate in some online chat rooms, message boards and blogs to grow and share from other men in pursuit of wet shave greatness.
So for your immediate typing pleasure and to conclude our post, here are four quirky wet shaving related abbreviations you can add to your wet shave lingo inventory:
B.O.M.B. : Brotherhood of Mustachioed Badgers
H.-B.O.M.B: Handlebar-Brotherhood of Mustached Badgers
HMW: High mountain white (a grade of badger hair used in some shaving brushes)
3B: Best Badger Brush