That badger-bristle brush is not of the highest grade. Above it would be the
best badger, and better than the
best would be the
silvertip badger. I'm not going to be trying a
best brush or a
silvertip brush, because I'm not going to contribute to the the deaths of more badgers. (Again, I got my boar-bristle brush in a state of ignorance, and my badger bristle brush was likewise got by someone who didn't know that badgers were killed for the bristles.) FWIW, I've read that there isn't much difference between an ordinary badger-bristle shave brush and a
best badger-bristle shave brush, but that there is a
remarkable difference between a
silvertip brush and a
best badger-bristle shave brush.
In any event, I found the Art of Shaving® badger-bristle brush much better than the Burma Shave™ boar-bristle brush, but the Jack Black® synthetic-bristle brush significantly better than the Art of Shaving® brush.
The Art of Shaving® brush still irritated my skin somewhat. I don't know to what extent that was a result of the overt texture of the bristles and to what extent it was an allergic reäction or something like an allergic reäction. The Black brush has no such effect.
I've only tried the badger brush and the Black brush with a hard cake shaving soap. (I once tried the boar brush with a thick shaving cream from Lush, but that the experiment suggested that that stuff shouldn't be applied with a brush at all.) I have other shaving soaps with which I can experiment later, but I don't mean to conductive extensive further comparisons of these brushes.
For those who are interested, here is a list of the synthetic shave brushes of which I am aware:
- Jack Black Pure Performance Shave Brush
- Body Shop
- Delong (see also Delong brush heads)
- Gentleman's Shop
- Edwin Jagger
- Men-Ü (in America) (outside of America)
- R.A. Rooney
- Cyril R. Salter (apparently same product as Rooney)
- Taylor of Old Bond Street (NB: Brushes simply marked
imitationmay contain some natural hair.)