My role in the CAP requires me as well as all other cadets to keep our dress well-regulated, including flashy boots. My dad took his shining basket with him to Kuwait, so I had to buy one at the PX. It came with 2 cans of black shoe polish, a cloth, a big brush, and a thing called a "dauber". I'm wondering what the heck a 'dauber' is used for. My dad taught me how to shine my boots, and this involved using a pure cotton ball to buff in the polish to give it its shiny appeal. Does the dauber replace the cotton balls or what? I tried to use it on one of my boots in place of the cotton ball, but nothing really happened, the polish didnt take the reflective look as it does with the cotton ball. The 'dauber' is a circular horse hair brush with an extended wooden handle.