High End badger shaving brushes are easy to damage. Here's what to know:
- The Biggie: No more than 25% splaying. Most folks use circular motions. Deep splaying and circular motions will break the fiber shafts, especially in the middle of the knot.
- Don’t face lather. Your whiskers are tougher than badger hair. Rather, lather in a mug/bowl with no rough surfaces.
- No hot water - anything over 104 degrees can damage the tips.
- Rinse thoroughly after use and allow it to completely dry before using again.
- Wash it monthly with a detergent soap, such as liquid dish soap. (Not dishwasher soap)
Do these things and you’ll get years of use with the brush being as soft as when new.