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Basics of Shaving Brushes
HANDLESSynthetic: The majority of shaving brushes are constructed of synthetic handles. Since the handle doesn't hold any other function to the performance of the brush, synthetic materials such as resin or plastic are the easiest to mold and shape and consequently, the most widely available.
Metal: Metal brush handles are preferred by those that require a more industrial look and heavier feel. Often constructed of solid stainless steel, these have a sleek finish and are consequently heavier than the other handle types.
Natural: The use of animal horn or wood raises the cost of a shaving brush, but often makes the brush lighter. Often times, shaving brushes that incorporate natural materials require metal inlays to keep them from cracking and also weight to the brush. The uniqueness of the elements used makes each brush one-of-a-kind.
BADGER POPULATION AND CONSERVATIONMost brush manufacturers import their badger hairs from Asia, where the trade of badger fur is no threat to the sustainability of badger populations. In these regions, badger hair is a historic commodity and is deeply respected among breeders. Its high price along with strict environmental controls adhered to by exporters and imports, insist on the livelihood of badger populations as well as the dignity of commerce with badger fur trade.