To many men and women, the use of a shaving brush seems a bit antiquated. But surprisingly, the resurgence of classic or traditional shaving has seen a huge leap in the purchase of safety razors, shaving soaps and of course, shaving brushes.
The Edwin Jagger Pure Badger Shaving Brush, is one brush that’s tossed around as a contender for those men who are new, or are considering the joys of wet shaving.
As far as shaving brushes go, when I first began my wet shaving journey, I had a number of options in front of me. Synthetic, boar and badger. Not to mention the different grades within those selections.
I first started off with a boar brush. Although the exfoliating properties of this brush were fantastic, the quality of lather produced left a lot to be desired. After a bit of searching and reading of user reviews, it was at this point I decided on the Edwin Jagger pure badger brush.
Edwin Jagger Pure Badger Shaving Brush
At a Glance:
- Knot Size: 17mm
- Handle: Imitation Ebony
- Handle Height: 54mm
- Loft: 51mm
- Price: Approx $20. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk & West Coast Shaving
- Warranty: 12 Months
- My Rating: 4 out of 5
What is pure badger hair?
The thing that makes pure badger hair so economical, is the fact that it can be harvested from the majority of the animal. This hair tends to be more coarse than the high grades of badger hair, but to some blokes, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
Coarse hair will give your brush a stiffer, scratchier feel. Many men love this, as it can lift your whiskers with less effort. A further benefit being, that the firmer bristles can give your brush better backbone. This is a great help when you’re trying to load a firmer shaving soap onto your brush.
Edwin Jagger has had a long and well respected standing for many years. The reason for this, is the high quality products they continue to grace us with.
These brushes are made in England, with the badger hair mainly sourced from Northern China. The handle is a faux ebony, with enough width and heft to maintain a good grip whilst lathering. The knob at the base also allows for a comfortable and sturdy grip.
The bristles are shaped in a nice even dome which helps with loading your brush. This shape is also fantastic for really getting in and lifting your beard, and applying an even distribution of lather over your face.
When I first received my EJ pure badger brush, its fair to say I was pretty excited. With this being my first badger brush, I had high expectations of a blissful shaving experience.
As you’d expect from Edwin Jagger, my brush was handsomely packaged. Presented in their traditional black box with white trim and lettering.
I excitedly unpacked my brush to take a first glance, and I wasn’t disappointed. The shiny black handle contrasted nicely with brown and beige flecks within the bristles.
I was expecting a strong badger smell, but surprisingly I found the aroma quite mild. After a few uses, the smell lessened even further. Although if the truth be known, I didn’t spend a great deal of time with my nose shoved in the bristles.
Upon saturating the brush initially, I found it absorbed the water quickly, and had no trouble holding it. After a few shakes into the sink, I was ready to load the brush with my chosen shaving cream.
I placed an almond sized knob of cream onto the bristles of my brush and started lathering. It didn’t take long for a rich creamy lather to start trying to escape over the edges of my shaving bowl. Yes, it lathered very easily, and very very fast.
It was at this point that unwelcome, but not unexpected disappointment raised its head. It is common for any brush to lose a couple of bristles when first used, and the EJ badger brush was no exception. Although not in great quantities, it did continue to lose bristles on occasion over a couple of months.
Any disappointment was soon forgotten. I really enjoyed the stiffness the brush provided allowing the bristles to massage my whiskers into a state of preparation for that first slice of the blade. The brush had no problems easily lifting my beard allowing the soap to lubricate my face and soften my facial hair.
At this point, I’d like to encourage you to make sure you’re using a good quality soap or shaving cream. If you’re not, get yourself some now! If you just want to use canned gel or foam, give yourself an uppercut! 😉 A good shaving cream or soap, together with a quality brush, will catapult your shaving experience to a new level.
After needing to lather up with each pass, my brush continued to release lather almost effortlessly when I needed it.
After my shave, the cleaning of the brush was a simple and quick process. After few moments of gentle squeezing under running water, my brush was free of soap. A few flicks of the wrist, a feathering of the tips with the palm of my hand, and the Edwin Jagger pure badger brush was ready to do battle again next time around.
Six Months Later
Now half a year has passed, my EJ shaving brush is performing as well as ever. It still does lose the occasional hair, but considering the price, that doesn’t worry me all that much.
The other noticeable thing is the softening of the bristles. Over time, they’ve lost some of their stiffness and backbone. There’s still enough to create a great lather, but not as much as when first purchased.
- Great Water Retention
- Produces Excellent Lather
- Bristles Soften Over Time
- Easy to Clean
- Easy To Handle
- Looks Great
- Takes Time to Dry
- Loses Bristles
- Loses Backbone Over Time
For an entry level shaving brush, I really like it. Besides the occasional hair loss (a bit like me) 😉 and some general softening of the bristles, the Edwin Jagger Pure Badger Shaving Brush continues to perform admirably.
The two most important things for me regarding a shaving brush are its ability to hold water and lather. And I can confidently say that it still performs well in these areas.
Is the the best shaving brush around? Probably not. Does it do what it’s meant to do at a great price? Absolutely!
I’d be happy to hear all about your shaving brush experiences! Don’t be shy! Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉