Burled Congolese Tigerwood with Pure Silvertip Badger Brush
Burled Tigerwood is known by a variety of names – Brazilian Koa, Zorrowood, Congowood, or African Walnut, to name a few. This ARTTURI™ selection of Burled Congolese Tigerwood, is an evergreen variety found in the subtropical area of the Africa Congo. Beingone of two principle species in the country, it is not endangered and relatively plentiful for piecework. It’s immune to rot and corrosion, making it very suitable for our shave brush stems. Tigerwood has a wide variety of patterns, and this stock was stunning in color and design. The striping includes wrinkles and strong swings, with an in-depth red brownish hue. We left the stem as original as possible, to offer an exotic wood to our Premium series selection.
The ARTTURI™ Premium Silvertip Badger Knot
Found only around the neck area of the badger,
Silvertip is the rarest and highest grade of
badger hair. There is often a bit of confusion regarding the many
authentic grades of badger hair. Some companies come up with their own
name, or disguise lower grade badger hair, with prefixes such as; High,
Purest, or Mixed or Super Pure. Silvertip hair is almost always sorted
and graded by hand. This is based on very
specific characteristics of softness and coloring. Unlike other grades,
Silvertip has the most distinctive black and white banding, along with
the softest most luxurious natural tip.
At ARTTURI™, our tips are never color treated, but
left in their distinctive natural white to
off-white color. All badger knots in
general, will create
the best quality lathering characteristic, apart from horse, boar and
other animals. Badger has the capability to produce a
rich and dense lather, primarily due to the water absorbent capability,
balance of air, water and soap infusion between the hairs. The Silvertip
knot has a very
distinctive feel against your skin, some describe as velvety, with the
best control, allowing lather to carry evenly throughout the entire
application, quickly. There may be other "grades", self designating as
better quality, such as “High Manchurian” or Super Silvertip etc…don’t
get confused. Silvertip is the highest grade on the animal itself, and
the industry recognized king of shave knots.
The value for the dramatic increase in price for
often debatable. Silvertip is remarkably more 'velvety' over the face,
vice Pure Badger, which is firmer and a bit more coarse.
Best Badger tends to shed water more than Silvertip, which allows a faster dry time, for our
travel brush. That characteristic is a factor when designing travel
brush. The exfoliating properties actually derive from the different
animals, rather than
different grades. You will see a slight difference between a Pure and Silvertip knot. Lower qualities have less flexibility that leads to hair breakage and fall off.
ARTTURI™ will always guarantee the authenticity and quality of our products, especially the shave knot. Our brushes are recognized as the finest
shave knot available in the world.
Use and Care
Our knots are handmade, with
more hair density, in comparison to our high end competitors.
The additional hair creates greater brush fullness, and lather
retention. We recommend rinsing and drying properly so the hairs don't become susceptible
to additional damage and drop. ARTTURI™ recommends caring for the
Silvertip knot just like you would all your fine shaving supplies. Allow
the brush to air dry, hair down, allowing water to drip off, thus realign
naturally, and fluff back up. This hang and dry technique prevents the
brush from typical bathroom damage such as sitting in a pool of water which creates rot. A
good rule of thumb: About one
bristle will be lost each shave. So, the larger the base, the longer it
lasts. ARTTURI™knots are a meaty 27mm, with a 67mm loft, the ideal size for premium
performance. ARTTURI™ will warranty your brush for the life of the
knot; usually 12-20
years, although some have lasted 40 or more.