Shaving brushes are traditionally made from badger hair which is used because it is very soft and water absorbent. Our badger hair comes from China, where badgers exist in large numbers and are considered pests because they burrow in farmers fields and can injure livestock (kind of like gophers on the prairies). Farmers sell badger pelts and some of the pelts are made into shaving brush heads. In addition to badger hair, we also make horse hair brushes. Horse hair is not as soft as badger hair, but it lathers soap quickly and makes an excellent brush for those without skin sensitivities or for lathering legs. The horse hair used in shaving brushes is trimmed from the mane and tail of a live horse.