I recently had a request to take a look at Boar vs. Badger brushes. Since I had a few of each, I thought I could accommodate this request.
The brushes that I have; an old red handle antique shop boars hair brush that has been well used and is a tad thin, a cheap Van Der Hagen boars hair brush that I picked up at Walmart, a Edwin Jagger Best Badger, and an older horn handle silvertip badger brush.
- I soaked the brush for about 5 minutes.
- I shook out as much water as possible.
- I had a puck of Williams shaving soap in a coffee cup.
- Each brush was swirled 10 times to load the brush.
- I then lathered in a plastic salsa bowl in circular motion 100 times.
- I put as much lather as I could get out of the bowl and onto the brush for a picture.
The pictures are the lather that I obtained.
First the Red handled antique store brush.
Now the Van Der Hagen Boars hair.
Both Boars hair brushes have enough lather for a single pass shave. (Maybe a little more)
Edwin Jagger Badger.
Horn Handle Badger.
The Badgers have more than enough lather for a couple of passes without issue.
My take on all this, the brush matters. The Badger will produce a better, more luxurious lather. Boar will work, but all things being equal, the Badger wins.