In regards to the foamy lather coming from the badger, they tend to build lather a tad quicker and load a little more readily than boars. Try doubling your load time with the badger and see if you get a creamier lather then. Foamy lather is almost always a sign of too little product, or too much water. I start with a drier brush, given a full squeeze after soaking.
Originally Posted by nsideguy
I agree with you here. You never hear anyone say "such and such boar brush is a real lather hog". You will hear that about some badger brushes. I generate an equal amount of lather from both types of brushes, but rarely have enough to do the four passes I normally do with a boar. It's not that it isn't there, it just releases so much more per pass if that makes sense.
I think they are holding similar amounts of lather, it's just that the badger holds it differently. All the lather in the boar is "ready to go" but the badger gives it up slower, and as you face lather through the shave, continues to create lather more so than the boar. Boars are sort of sprinters, and badgers are marathon runners in this way.
I don't have a huge number of silvertip brushes only two designated as such. The Simpsons Commodore X3 I picked up feels like a TGN Grade A Silvertip with just a hair more scritch. I think to have a silvertip be a good all-rounder it needs to be quite dense and set at the correct loft. I have found great success with the TGN Finest Grade. If the OP wants to experience a great brush for both soaps and creams, he really should consider giving one of these a try. Pick up an expensive handle, drill out the old knot and set the appropriate sized TGN Finest in there.
Originally Posted by Yorch
At the end of the day though, I use any brush with either soaps or creams. I'll put my super soft Omega silvertip on to a soap as quickly as I will a cream. Likewise I'll use any badger with a cream as well. I'm not a huge believer in the whole this brush is good for product x and this is better for product y. You could have only one brush and make lather for both. Having said that, I have about 18 brushes, and enjoy the variety.