Muhle’s Vivo Pure Badger Hair Black Shaving Brush is made from plum tree wood with chromeplated metal highlights. Designers, turners and carvers have long since discovered the wood of the plum tree. They use the material for writing utensils, furniture and musical instruments. Muhle has included it in their collection because of its intriguing colouring and vivid grain. Another sustainable advantage is that it is an indigenous wood which is both hard and robust. To protect the wood against water, the surfaces are sealed once again with oil. The resulting soft gleam is a deliberate and highly attractive side effect. Pure badger is the basic quality among the natural hair types. The material is recognizable by its relatively dark colouring. The individual hairs are somewhat thicker, but still soft and much more flexible than bristles. This quality is highly recommended for those wishing to take a badger hair brush that provides a slightly stronger massage effect.