Shaving Brush Craftsmanship

Curious about how brushes are made? This section will give you information about the craftsmanship that goes into the various kinds of bristle brushes.

automatic machines

Hand-crafted badger-hair brushes

Standard qualities are less expensive due to automatic machines. (Boar and standard badger)

Hand crafted badger hair brushes is the only way to get this kind of quality. (High quality badger is hand knotted by the master craftsman.)

Q:  What does "handmade" mean?

Handmade means that the bundles are created by hand. The person takes a certain amount of hair in his hands and forms the typical round shape of the bundle. The reason is that fine badger hair is easily destroyed when made by a machine and also by trimming the fine badger hair tips (which are split) the most important part would get cut off. This would not allow the creation of a good lather as the split tip holds water and foam in the brush.

Hand knotting procedure:

Weighing of shaving brush hair

Shaving brush hair combed

Shaping of a shaving brush head

Material is weighted depending on the size of the ring/knot.

The tuffs are carefully combed to remove wrong aligned hair.

The characteristic shape is achieved by striking on the top of the hair with the shaping box.

Binding of Shaving Brush Hair Picture

Excess shaving brush hair cut away photo

Shaving brush head takes shape picture

The tuft has now been carefully bound together with a tread and removed from the shaping device.

The excess hair is cut away.

The top of the brush is glued solidly in the ring to keep the hair in typical form. (Often referred to as a plug or knot.)

Shaving brush head combined with handle

Men's Wet Shaving

After the glue is hardened the brush can be combined with the appropriate handle made from different materials.


Boar hair picture

Boar hair for making a shaving brush

Standard pure badger hair

(Boar - white)

(Boar - sketched)

(Badger - standard darks and greys)

Badger fine taper bristles picture

Silver tip badger bristles

About how to make shaving brush faq

(Badger - fine, tapers)

(Badger - super, silver tip)

Information and photos in this section are with the courtesy and permission of Hans Juergen Mueller KG.

(Information in parenthesis is from Em's Place to help clarify the various terms used in the marketplace. Please understand there is no universal standard and this is our best compilation based on our informational resources.)

For a detailed explanation about the different bristle grades visit the
 brushes FAQ page.