Trying to find a good badger silvertip shaving brush at an affordable price is not an easy task. There are dozens of manufacturers to choose from, with prices running into the hundreds of dollars.
As I said, finding a product with a good compromise of performance and value is a tough gig. After researching a number of silvertip contenders, I’ve decided to take a closer look at a brush with a description that might be a mouthful, but hails from a well respected company.
Parker Safety Razor 100% Silvertip Badger Bristle Shaving Brush
At a Glance:
- Knot Size: 22mm
- Handle: Various
- Handle Height: 52mm
- Loft: 53mm
- Price: Approx $62. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk & West Coast Shaving
- My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
What is silvertip badger hair?
Silvertip badger is considered to be rarest type of badger hair. Found around the animal’s neck, it delivers some of the highest grades of hair available. Because of this, it also tends to be the most expensive.
The tips on this hair appear white naturally, without the need for bleaching. The silvertip brush has a fluffy appearance, with quite distinct banding. These shaving brushes also generally have a very soft feel against the skin, resulting in a comfortable lathering experience. The quality of the bristles contribute to their ability to hold a large amount of water. Due to this, a silvertip brush can create well-formed shaving lather quickly and easily.
Parker have a strong reputation in the wet shaving community. Made in India, their range of silvertip shaving brushes reflect that.
There are a number of elegant handle styles from which you can choose. From olive wood, black to full chrome, the handles of the Parker silvertip brushes scream quality.
The bristles of these brushes are very soft, and have the distinct banding for which silvertips are known. The knot density of these brushes are generally considered to be good, however a number of users claim that this is not the case. Complaining that the bristles could be closer together to provide it with more backbone.
Like most shaving brushes, the Parker Silvertip does have its shortcomings. However in one united voice, most users praise the softness the bristles and the quality of the lather they produce. The softness of the brush allows your shaving cream to quickly produce a rich lather, whilst at the same time, helping to minimise irritation to the skin.
Some users say the Parker lacks the backbone required to load the brush properly when using shaving soap, however when using a cream, no such criticisms are forthcoming.
The vast majority of man that use the Parker silvertip are very complimentary of the benefits this brush delivers.
Compared to horse boar and other grades of badger, these bristles provide some of the softest animal hair shaving brushes available.
Shaving cream almost infuses itself into the bristles, releasing copious amounts of creamy lather when applied to your whiskers.
The way this brush holds water is fantastic. You’ll never have to worry about not having enough.
For a silvertip badger hair brush, Parker offer a price that’s fantastic value.
This is a robust piece of kit. It has a noticeable comfortable weight, with a solid feel in the hand.
Although these negative points are from a comparatively low number of gents, they are a genuine concern, and should be taken into consideration when weighing up the Parker silvertips overall performance.
Some blokes have shown concern at the amount and frequency their brush sheds bristles.
A number of users feel that the knot could be far more dense, and offer better backbone than it does. There are ways around it, but loading your brush from a hard puck, may require a little more effort and technique.
Logo Rubs Off
Users make mention of the logo wearing off after time.
“This is a genuine silvertip badger brush! It is very soft on the skin when lathering compared to my pure badger brush. It creates the thickest and richest lather you can imagine, because of how much water the hairs hold. Don’t let the price doubt you when compared to the price of other silvertip brushes. This is silvertip. I must say the best part about this brush is going back for the second application and using paint brush strokes-it feels like dragging silk across your face!”
“Have used this brush for a few weeks now and have to say it’s excellent. I’ve been using badger hair brushes for years but this is my first silver tip and it is a serious step above the rest. Great knot size, good weight in hand. Looks great and definitely makes my daily shave a lot more luxurious”
“Great shaving brush, dense with lots of bristles, very nice metal grip that feels great in my hand. Highly recommended.”
“Hasn’t lost one bristle in the past 3 months since purchasing. Has some weight to the handle. Soft bristles. Really like this brush compared to others I have owned. I use a moustache comb to maintain the softness of the brush (gently comb out the bristles when the brush is dry).”
“One of the best shaving brushes I have ever used. It feels like silk on your face, and the lather that is producing is rich, and abundant. It makes my shaving one of the most lovely experiences. I totally love it.”
“I bought this 4 years ago and it was hard to believe the price for a silvertip badger brush. Generally the quality is supposed to be Silver-tip>Regular Badger>Boar, with silver-tip being the softest. Although I must add that some people prefer Boar because of the coarser texture. At the time there were only around 40 reviews or so but now there are over 300 and I realize that I made a great purchase decision 4 years ago despite having less knowledge to go off. The black logo and text has long since faded, I’d say only a handful of hairs have probably fallen out as I can see no difference in shape or hair density since I bought it 4 years ago. Handle has a great heft to it, I feel like I’m shaving in a legitimate barbershop whenever I lather with this thing.”
“This is a good brush, EXCEPT, I lose 4-5 bristles every shave. I should have sent it back, but I thought after it was broken it the bristles would stop falling out–NO after over a year still bristles are falling out and the brush is noticeably smaller now.”
“I’m sure it’s good quality. But the bristles are too pliable for me. I prefer something more rigid.”
“I’ve had this for about 6 weeks now. I shave my head, face, and neck on a daily basis. I am giving this 3 stars because it is still shedding and I never pull on the hairs. I anticipated about 2-3 weeks of shedding, but not 6 weeks in. I also expected this to be of the same quality as the Art of Shaving (which I’ve never used, but based on reviews it is top notch) silver tip brush, but at a fraction of the cost. In the end, you get what you pay for.”
“I have owned this brush for about nine months. It does produce an excellent lather — much better than my other, non-silvertip brush. However, like many other reviewers, I too have had issues with losing bristles. On average, I would say that I lose 1-2 bristles per shave. For a product whose description begins with “Outstanding quality is the trademark of our Shaving Brushes,” that is just not acceptable, so I can’t give it a positive review.”
With all things considered, the Parker silvertip badger shaving brush has a lot of things going for it. From the silky feel of the bristles, to the rich, creamy lather it releases. Picking up a silvertip shaving brush for around sixty bucks, is a great offer.
To be honest, the constant bristle loss experienced by some users is a concern. And this was one of the main reasons I rated this brush a 3.5 out of 5.
In closing, for the majority of blokes who use the Parker silvertip, it’s an absolute cracker. True love as it were. However, any purchase should be tempered with knowledge that this brush can have its faults.
Have you had any experience with the Parker Silvertip? Or maybe another brush has got you wrapped around its little finger? Let me know in the comments below!
Time to get your shave on! 😉