I came to an interesting realization not too long ago...
I'm a relative newbie to DE shaving, and I've been having moderate issues with post-shave burn, especially when I apply my aftershave balm (stings!). I was reading Luc's post on proper face lathering and decided to try it for myself.
I had previously been simply applying the cream directly to the brush, then applying the brush-cream combo to my face. Needless to say, Luc's method proved much better (thanx, Luc!) and I proceeded to lather, rinse, lather, rinse, lather, rinse (I had already shaved that day and didn't want to scorch my face, so I didn't actually shave, I was just experimenting). When I finished, I noticed that my face had the same nasty burning sensation that it does when I finish shaving, and I realized that the burning was caused by the friction of the brush bristles against my skin! (Forgive me if this is common knowledge, I'm still learning the ropes).
The brush I'm using is a Simpson Commodore X2 Best Badger. The reviews of the brush I have read have given it very high marks, and while it is not a top-of-the-line model, it supposedly is pretty good bang for your buck.
So what are some good brushes (silvertip, I would imagine) that would alleviate the irritation the Best Badger grade hair is causing me? I have read good things about the Kent BLK8 and the Edwin Jagger Luxury Silver Tip.
Thanx for the input!