Badger, but my points of comparison have been limited..Which do you prefer, badgers or boars or synthetics?
try out a synthetic when you get a chance mate, obviously everyone's taste is different but I reckon you'll like themBadger, but my points of comparison have been limited..
Badgers: Duke 2 in Best, Wee Scot in Best, Maggard 22m 2-band badger
Boars: one of the limited run B&B boars from several years ago, Wilkinson Sword brush from walmart
I want to try some of the high end badger hair (like silvertip, manchurian, etc), but finding that in a knot under 18mm is unlikely. Best I can find is Simpsons being willing to do a custom Wee Scot in Super, which I might go for eventually. Haven't even started looking at synthetics yet.
Yea very good adviceDon't be too concerned with getting "the right" brush at this point. The 2 you have will make impressive quality lather. The ky isn't some spendy Badger brush. , but a combination of a good soap and how you handle it. My Grandfather died in 1965 and left me a straight razor and a Mae-Rie boar brush. I shaved for decades with the old boar brush before discovering it was a piece of junk and iwould neeo get an expensive Badger brush to 'do it right'. My shaves were perfectly satisfactory withg somecold Wilkinson blades and a Gillette Slim Twist given to me back when i first began shaving. Neither blade nor razor were deemed even adequate, according to some of my first encounters with shaving 'purists'.
Knowing nothing about badger brushes, i go an E-Bay Chinese$2.50 special Badger. Of course it turned out to be a synthetic with a beechwood handle. It whipped up latherin grande fashion, but none better norworsecthan my olreli boar brush. I began collecting vintage Gillettes, andwasagain led to believe that the more expensivethe brush, the better the lather & shave - R eality proved this to be pure BS.
As you can see, here on badger & Blade, everyone has their favorite selection of razors, blades soaps and brushes.
I have over a dozen brushes, and theone I'm using at the moment is my favorite. All (except one Semogue Boar) build impressive lather that isn't in any way dependent on price of the brush.
Today I used my old $2.50 Cheap-o and it lathered up my selection of soap ( Shnnon's Indigo Oud) every bit as well as One of my Badgers.
I have difficulty finding my ideal brush - smaller knots around 22 mm are what I want, since bigger isn't any better, but just needs more soap. i like loner handles. So far, my synthetic Yaqi Cola meets my criteria, and it performs on par with the best of my other brushes.
I would recommend to use the 2 brushes you already have, since they are capable of producing the perfect lather for you. Best to concentrate on a proven good soap. Stirling and Shannon's Soaps work the best for me ... but so does Williams, Palmolive, Lea and Tabac.
A good soap plus proper bowl lathering technique can make or break a fine shave quicker than the choice of brush.