The Shaving Brush

Shaving foam from a can is gross. Canned foam is largely made up of air bubbles and therefore has a very hard time lubricating and protecting skin. Foam also tends to soak into skin, leaving an itch-causing residue when you rinse. A shaving brush, on the other hand, will leave you with smooth, irritant free skin.

A shaving brush creates a thick, skin protecting lather and distributes it evenly so that your razor does not shave exposed skin. The bristles of the brush exfoliate your skin, effectively removing dead skin cells right before you shave, ensuring your razor has the clearest path possible. A shaving brush also lifts each individual hair (by running it against the direction of hair growth after you lather) so that the razor slices through them rather than over them. Another bonus of the shaving brush is that by combining its exfoliation and distribution of soap it can greatly improve skin affected by acne.

By trading in your canned chemical goo for a shaving brush and luxurious soap you can go from a mediocre, irritating shave to a “feel how smooth!” spa-like experience. Who knew such a little brush could do so much!

One of a Kind & Hand Crafted

All Brushes by The Copper Hat are lathe-turned by The Copper Hat owner, Brad. Each brush handle design comes from his imagination and he never uses patterns. He uses a variety of handle materials including exotic hardwood, acrylic, and recycled styrofoam. Brad also welcomes and encourages custom brush requests. How cool would it be to give your Dad a shaving brush turned from a branch of the tree he built your treehouse in? What about framing timbers from a 100 year old hotel or antique acrylic insulating rod? Please contact us if you are interested in a beautifully unique, custom shaving brush.

Vintage Restoration Brushes

Brad also restores antique shaving brushes, removing the worn out bristles, setting new bristles, and cleaning and

Restored Antique Shaving Brush

Restored Antique Shaving Brush

polishing the handles.  We often have vintage restores for sale and also offer restoration services for your own shaving brush.  Since all brushes are in different conditions, before providing restoration services, Brad will take a look at your brush and and give you a quote based on the work you’d like done. Please contact us for more details.

The Copper Hat Shaving Brush Bristle Types

Silvertip Badger hair is of the highest quality for shaving brushes and is excellent for mixing up a thick lather. Silver tipped badger hair is extremely water absorbent, very soft to the touch, and great for all skin types, especially sensitive.

Finest Badger hair has very soft tips, similar to Silvertip Badger, but has much more “backbone”.  In shaving brush terms, backbone describes how floppy or stiff the bristles are.  Finest has lots of backbone, so it’s great for those who shave every few days, but are still looking for a luxurious brush.

Pure Badger hair is similar to silver tipped badger hair in that it is very water absorbent and soft. It is, however, slightly more stiff than the silver tipped hair and can be a bit rough for sensitive skin shavers if used every day. It is great at quickly lathering soap and exfoliating skin.

Black Badger hair is extremely water absorbent and mixes up thick lathers quickly.  It is stiffer than silvertip badger hair and can feel a bit rough for sensitive skinned shavers if used every day. It is great for exfoliating skin and lathering hard and soft soaps.

Boar hair is coarser than badger hair and synthetic bristles.  This brush is excellent for leg shaving, but most face shavers find it a bit too rough.  Boar hair exfoliates very well, so is great for covering the surface area of the legs quickly.

Horse hair is coarser and stiffer than badger hair and is excellent for those without skin sensitivities. It does not absorb as much water as badger hair, but more than synthetic bristles. Horse hair makes a great entry level brush.

Synthetic hair is a nylon, man-made material. It is not as water absorbent as animal hair, but is extremely soft and is excellent for people with very sensitive skin and for people who do not use animal products.

Care Tips

To ensure your brush lives a long life, it is important to care for it properly. Always hang your brush upside down to dry when you are done using it (see ACCESSORIES for brush stands). When you soak your brush before use, only leave it in the water for about a minute. Rinse your brush in warm water when finished, and do not pull hard on the bristles. Some shedding of bristles should be expected for the first several lathers.

A Quick How To

If you are using a shave puck (a hard bar-type soap), put the puck in your lathering bowl/mug and fill it with warm water for a few minutes. Soak the bristles (always pointing down) with warm water either in the stream from the tap or in another bowl/mug (this will fill the bristles with water and help lather the soap). The brush only needs to be soaked for 30 seconds or so. Before lathering, shake most of the water off of the brush and empty the water from the bowl containing the puck. Next, swirl the brush around the puck of soap quickly until lather appears (if you are using a cream from a tub or tube, put a quarter-sized amount into your bowl to lather). A good lather should take about 1 minute to build. If it seems like not much is happening after a few seconds, add a few drops of water. If the lather is very bubbly, there is too much water in the mixture and you should shake the brush out a bit more. The optimal lather will look just like whipped cream – fluffy, thick and white, but few bubbles. Make sure your skin is damp, then swirl lather onto your skin moving your brush in a circular motion. Once you have distributed a thick, even layer over your skin (you may choose to go over the same spot with your brush more than once), pull your brush over your skin against the grain of your hair growth (this lifts the hair so that it is easier to cut). Now you`re ready to shave!

4 thoughts on “The Brush

  1. Brad;

    i am a long-time wet shaver. i have a lot of high quality products from all over the world. my wife recently purchased one of your brushes and gave it to me for Christmas. so far it is one of the best brushes I have every used.

  2. So far I have the silver handle with boar knot and the black handle with black badger. Those are my preferred brushes among all my brushes. And they are surely not my last! Congrats and thanks for such high quality and affordable brushes.

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