The shaving guide to get the most out your brush

The shaving guide brush examination.
Hover over the shaving brush and you'll see highlighted areas. There are 5 in total, and if you hover over the image, colour appears and so does a 'more info' box with pictures and details. Scroll from the top to the bottom of the brush to discover the 5 parts!

This interactive image breaks down the constituent parts of the shaving brush so that you understand the terminology.

The shaving guide to get the most out your brush
Bristles Loft Height Base Knot

Bristles

The shaving guide

The actual hair or fibre. The latter would be a synthetic fibre like nylon. The former is either badger, boar or horsehair.
In the accompanying image, this is a closeup of badger hair.

Loft

Brush for double edge safety razor

The loft is the height of the hair from the tip of the brush to the top of the handle. The average height of the loft of a brush is 55 mm.

Usually, The bigger the loft, the more expensive the brush. But it doesn't mean its better than a smaller brush.

Height

Badger shaving brush height

The full height of the brush from the tip of the bristles to the base of the handle.

Base

The shaving guide

The little indented groove near the base that's either squared or circular. The groove is intended for your brush to slot into the brush holder just nicely. Meaning your brush can hang upside down to allow excess water to drip out.

Knot

Badger hair knot for shaving guide

This is where all the hairs are clumped together and glued into the base of the handle. The badger hairs are contained within the handle and flare-up through the top of the handle.

The bigger the knot, the more expensive the brush.