I love working with exotic woods. This is the first time I've used African padauk. What a beautiful and deep colored species! The brush is genuine natural badger hair - very soft and long lasting. This is an artisan brush made by me! Padauk has a very unique reddish orange coloration, and the wood is sometimes referred to by the name Vermillion. It will darken over time to a deep reddish brown. Padauk is moderately heavy, strong, and stiff, with exceptional stability. You will just love the combination of this deep crimson padauk wood with natural, very soft badger hair brush. You can find brushes of this quality for much, much more elsewhere. Add custom initials or a monogram to the bottom of the brush handle with my custom lettering. See separate add-on listing. Choose between my two shaving soap tins. * fir needle and petitgrain with natural lanolin * peppermint and eucalyptus The tin makes it super easy to pack for a trip. Just pop the top back on and throw it in your suitcase. Everyone using this soap loves how it reduces razor burn and leaves the skin feeling soothed and rejuvenated. Just a little water and you can easily whip up a nice lather that will last as long as your shave. Rinse after use. if you leave the top off the soap will reharden, and last a very long time. This makes a great gift for Dads, brothers, Grandpops and colleagues. I can make any brush with a vegan brush knot. Just select the option you prefer. Happy shopping!