Hi, I'm Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project. This video is the ultimate shoe shine brush overview. I'm going to talk about all the brushes that we carry here at The Hanger Project, their differences, how to use them, and most importantly how to select the right shoe shine brush to take care of your shoes. If you have any questions during this video please ask them in the comments section below. And if you haven't taken a moment to subscribe to our YouTube channel please do that now by clicking the red button. You'll get notifications of all of our great videos here at The Hanger Project on garment care, shoe care, and then my travels kind of throughout the world and meeting with different artisans in kind of this industry.
So here at The Hanger Project we carry a ton of different shoeshine brushes, and so at times it can be a little overwhelming of how to select the right shoe shine brush for you. And so one of the purposes of this video is to really simplify all of the brushes we carry. And so at its highest level there's really two different types of shoe shine brushes. One is a primary brush you're going to use to shine your shoes. After you've applied the polish you're going to use this brush to buff off the polish and produce that nice soft shine. The second type of brush which is a little bit less common, is a finishing brush. So this is a yak hair brush or a goat hair finishing brush that is completely discretionary. And this is really more of just something to use to either finish off your shoes to provide that last shine or to just buff your shoes at the beginning or the end of the day.
Every shoeshine kit needs a horsehair shoeshine brush. This is going to be the brush you're using 90 percent of the time and is really the most important brush you can have. If you only have one brush, it's going to be a horsehair brush. We've got two sizes here at The Hanger Project, the larger shoemaker dimension, which is just a larger handle with a longer bristle, or a smaller kind of medium horsehair brush that we have. So again, still the same level of bristle density, but a smaller handle and a smaller cut length on the bristle. Some people prefer a smaller brush because it fits in their hand easier or some people prefer a larger brush because they feel like they're less likely you know whenever they're polishing their shoes to kind of miss and then jam the brush into the leather itself. You know personally, I use the larger shoemaker brush because again, I really enjoy and kind of appreciate that larger dimension, it's got a longer bristle which is softer, and I just feel like you get a better buff with a larger brush than you do with a shorter one.
Second is a pig bristle brush. So this isn't going to be what you use to buff that shine. It's really more to kind of get that polish off of the shoe. Absolutely if you have a pebble grain shoe that's prone to kind of accumulating a polish, this pig bristle brush is going to do a better job actually getting into that grain to remove it. And then secondly, if you've got a shoe with like a lot of texture or a lot of broguing, again the pig bristle brush is just going to do that much better of a job kind of getting in to the leather and removing any type of accumulated polish.
And then lastly is whether or not you need any type of finishing brushes. So there's two finishing brushes that we offer here at The Hanger Project. The first one is the goat hair brush. This has a really soft bristle. Now the purpose of the goat hair brush is really for just dusting your shoes at the end of the day. It's a really soft bristle and it's not going to ruin your mirror shine or really kind of change any of the shine texture. And then we have our yak hair brush. So the yak hair brush is easily, I like to say, the most rare shoeshine brush in the world. The Hanger Project is one of just few companies in the world that is even able to source these brushes. So what you get with the yak hair is an incredibly soft yet dense bristle that is just totally unique in the world. To make these brushes even more unique and rare, they can only be made by hand. So all of these bristles have to be hand pinned and you can tell that because the handle is split. So that it can be opened up and then someone literally is pinning all these bristles by hand with metal twine. Now a yak hair again, is a finishing brush, and so it's just for that last kind of final shine.