Chinese Synthetic Brushes

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First use of the Mingoose today. It started off super smooth on the WTG pass but skipped a fair bit on my neck when going XTG. Hopefully this will stop as I dial this razor in as it seems to have great potential. If skipping becomes a common feature of using it though, it'll be off!
The blade may be a culprit. You may want to try a Chick or a Proline.
 
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Razor: Mongoose Mingoose
Blade: Personna (3)
Brush: Frank Shaving G4 26mm
Soap: PAA Astra Planeta
Pre: Proraso Wood and Spice
ASL: Floïd Suave
ASB: LEA

The FS G4 performed ok. I'd say the 24mm and 28mm variants I have are better but this is an ok brush. It flung a fair bit of lather around the place.

Another shit shave with the Mingoose and another fairly big weeper. The Personna is now out and the B-20 is loaded. It has two more chances with this blade before I declare it a piss poor piece of engineering and then subsequently sell it to Tony as an awesome razor he can't live without.

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Interestingly, the Yaqi is my favourite of the bunch and is the generation of fibre behind the T4 and G4. It's also the cheapest of the three - £12 rather than £18 for the FS brush.

I'm debating giving the FS G4 and the Yaqi another run out each but this time with some creams to see how they perform with those.
 
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From reading online it seems like it's a lottery with the FS and DsCosmetic brushes whether you get one with a bad glue bump or one that's okay. I've got one of those DsCosmetic brushes that should be arriving this week so I'll report back on how I find the glue bump.

I do wonder if the best option is to get a handle and one of the G4/T4 knots separately and set them yourself.
 
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From reading online it seems like it's a lottery with the FS and DsCosmetic brushes whether you get one with a bad glue bump or one that's okay. I've got one of those DsCosmetic brushes that should be arriving this week so I'll report back on how I find the glue bump.

I do wonder if the best option is to get a handle and one of the G4/T4 knots separately and set them yourself.
I believe you are better in buying the handle and knot separately.

If you were buying just one or two synthetics for your collection I'd actually recommend you buy either a) an AP Shave Co. complete brush or b) a handle from one of the Chinese manufacturers and an AP knot.

Even Suki from Frank Shaving has said the high glue bumps are just a thing of their brushes now. I'm fine with high glue bumps as some do mellow with use and help give a bit if backbone but I've had more problematic brushes than not lately.
 
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I have intrinsically against Chinese goods if they are made properly. My guitar, my PC my ipad my phone are all made there. Which offers the best quality at the best price? Where do you buy these: Alibaba and Banggood? Synthetic brushes will be fine. I refuse to use badger because Chinese animal welfare is shall we say...lacking.
 
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Where do you buy these: Alibaba and Banggood?
Yes - all three brushes were from the manufacturer outlets on AliExpress. Arguably, they're probably the biggest brush manufacturers and make the synthetic brushes for many of the Western brands.
Synthetic brushes will be fine.
Debatable - the fibres will be fine and the handles will most likely be fine. The overall package is where it sometimes fails - most notably in the size of the glue bump.
 
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I've just remembered that I needed to update this thread.

Of the three brushes I started this thread with, only one remains in the den. That brush is the Yaqi 26mm tuxedo. I sold the Frank Shaving 26mm G4 as it just didn't do it for me. It's not a bad brush at all though. The dscosmetics brush was returned for a refund as I was bitterly disappointed in that brush.

This is a picture of my Frank Shaving 24mm G4. I initially thought the glue bump was a little high on this but it's mellowed in to a brilliant brush. Using it in my shave this morning was a joy. It looks great as well:

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So I've had a shave using the DSCosmetic brush and actually really liked it, the knot is quite dense but splays very easily and the fibres are very soft on the face. There is a glue bump but it's not that high on mine and the overall loft of the knot means it isn't unpleasant for me, I'll try and add a picture later showing where the glue bump is.
 
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So I've had a shave using the DSCosmetic brush and actually really liked it, the knot is quite dense but splays very easily and the fibres are very soft on the face. There is a glue bump but it's not that high on mine and the overall loft of the knot means it isn't unpleasant for me, I'll try and add a picture later showing where the glue bump is.
Glad to hear they're not all like the one I had. You've reminded me that I took a photo of the glue bump for dscosmetics:

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