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When to Use a Pig Bristle Shoeshine Brush

Kirby Allison goes over the advantages and uses of the new Hanger Project Deluxe Pig Bristle Shoe Polishing Brush. This unique brush differs from other pig bristle and horsehair brushes, and is an excellent complement to any shoe shining kit.


Hi I'm Kirby Allison founder of The Hanger Project, and here at The Hanger Project we love to help the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. In today's video I'm going to be talking to you about the importance of a proper pig bristle shoeshine brush. Now everyone thinks of a horsehair shoeshine brush which is the most commonly available shoeshine brush you have out there, but a pig bristle brush is a great addition to anyone that's really committed to taking the best care possible of their shoes. Now, pig bristle and horsehair although they look the same really couldn't be any more different. And the reason is because a proper pig bristle brush has a much stiffer bristle than horse hair. For any type of material that has more texture in it, like this pigskin loafer or a hatch grain or any type of shoe with a lot of broguing you really can benefit from a stiffer bristle that is going to do a better job getting into the shoe itself. And so that's why I like to have two types of brushes in my shoeshine kit: a set of horsehair shoe shine brushes and a set of pig bristle shoeshine brushes. Now our new Hanger Project 100% Pig Bristle Brush is made from the absolute highest quality pig bristle that is available in the world and you can really see the difference in the quality in this brush by not only how densely our brushes are pinned, but also by the flexibility of the pig bristle itself. This pig bristle is cut to 30 millimeters which is the absolute longest pig bristle that you can find anywhere.

And what that allows, whenever you compare to like, our original pig bristle brush, is it allows a more flexible bristle that is going to do a better job really getting into the leather and cleaning it without being too stiff. The problem with the pig bristle brush with a really short cut length is that honestly the bristle is too stiff and so although it might be good for scrubbing or cleaning dirt off of a shoe it's really not appropriate for polishing any type of fine leather just because it's too stiff for that. And so that's why I'm really happy with their new pig bristle brush. Again with this super high quality pig bristle, you're going to get really great flexibility. It's a really beautiful brush pinned to a really high density and it's a great compliment again to a horse hair brush. So this is our 100 percent pig bristle brush and this right here is 100 percent horsehair brush. Now horsehair brushes here at The Hanger Project are really special also because we're having all of our horsehair brushes made with a 100 percent tail hair versus the more common mixture of tail and mane hair. Now that's important because the mane hair is more brittle, it's less expensive, so any horsehair brush that prone to a lot of shedding is a brush that's been pinned with that combination. Our horsehair brushes here at the Hanger Project, you're not going to experience any shedding from, again because it's pinned from 100 percent tail hair. So although you may not be able to see it in this video, the flexibility and softness of this horsehair brush is much softer and much more flexible than with this pig bristle even though they're pinned to the same cut lengths.

So two brushes, they look almost exactly identical, but they couldn't be any more different. Now our Hanger Project 100% Pig Bristle Brush is available with two different bristle colors, a dark bristle and a light bristle. Now the reason that that's important is to help you keep separate which brush you're going to use for your dark polishes and which brush you use for your light polishes. Now the reason that that's important is because every shoeshine brush is going to accumulate residual polish as you're buffing the shoe and so you want to keep your brushes separate because you don't want to take a brush that you just used to buff a black polish and then use it to buff a polish off of a lighter colored shoe. Because what you could end up with is the streaking of those dark polishes onto that lighter colored shoe. So we absolutely recommend two brushes: one for your dark polishes say your black, your dark browns, a green or a navy. And then one for your lighter color polishes like your browns, your chestnuts, and any other lighter color. Our new Hanger Project Pig Bristle Brush is something that I'm really proud of again in order to achieve that 30 millimeter cut length, we had to use the absolute highest quality pig bristle that available anywhere in the world. And so I'm completely confident that you'll be happy with this brush.

If you have any questions about pig bristle brushes or how they're different from horsehair brushes or when they're appropriate to be used, please feel free to ask those in the comments section below. I get back to all those questions personally. Lastly if you enjoyed this video please give us the thumbs up or more importantly subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications so that you can learn whenever we publish new videos. And please visit where you can view the most comprehensive collection of luxury garment care and luxury shoe care accessories in the world and other products for the well-dressed and while you're there, subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on new products and promotions as well as a weekly digest of all the videos we publish here on our YouTube channel. I'm Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project, and here at The Hanger Project, we love helping the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. Thanks for joining us.