High quality shaving brushes how to choose one

We continue the series of guides about the best brushes for beginners in traditional wet shaving. Today, we will talk about diferent features of the shaving brush:

  • Loft
  • Knot
  • Overall height
  • Bloom

LOFT

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The loft is the length of the actual hair from the height from the base to the tip of the bristles, or bristle’s length.

Longer lofts will provide a wider splay whereas shorter lofts offer more control in smaller areas, like moustache area.

KNOT

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The knot (or the diameter of the knot base where the bristles are tied together) is an indication of the amount of hair packed into the handle.

By the way, the knot dimension can be a little sketchy because hair can be packed in tightly or loosely. Also, handmade knots are much denser so keep this in mind when comparing measurements.

Many beginners prefer shaving brushes with 50mm lofts and 20mm knots because they offer more control and precision. Others opt for larger brushes that tend to work better lathering large areas more quickly. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference, though the big diameter knot brushes with a high loft are generally softer and more expensive than the smaller brushes.


Bristle Bloom

High quality shaving brushes traditional wet shaving Italy A brush’s bloom indicates the way the bristles fall when held upright. Usually, badger brushes are softer and will give a full bloom when looked at side-on. Alternatively, coarser boar brushes will have a narrow bloom as the bristles stand on their ends.

A brush’s bloom can be used to indicate its quality but it also comes down to personal preference. If you want a thicker brush that exfoliates the skin, then narrower blooms are the best choice.

However, if you’re looking for something wide and soft, then look at larger blooms instead.


Overall Height

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The handles of shaving brushes are meant to be balanced, to fit comfortably in your hand, and have a solid grip. Their size is factored in to determine the overall height of the brush.

Measuring the distance from the palm of your hand to the pad of your thumb may give you a good indication of the maximum length of the handle.

And remember: Hand made shave brushes tend to shed much less hair than those made by a machine. Hence, having a high quality shaving brush in your collection is a worthy investment and will result in a longer and more reliable service over the years.

Stay groomed,

ExecutiveGrooming.com.au team