The Shaving Brush In the 1800s a shaving brush became a status symbol, when the folding-handle straight razor design made it practical for men to shave themselves rather than visit a barber. An expensive brush (badger hair) or eccentric brush with exotic handles (ivory, gold, silver, tortoise shell, crystal, porcelain etc.) was a way of asserting one’s personality or even affluence. Cheaper brushes used boar’s or horse’s hair – the quality of these brushes differed greatly. Badger hair is more flexible and softer than bristle. You can find shaving brushes with pure badger hair (made in Germany) in our Gentlemen’s Corner.