YaQi 24mm 'Tuxedo' Synthetic

Messages
1,696
Location
London
I have been using one of these exclusively for the last week: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Men-s-Shaving-Brush-with-Resin-Handle-Synthetic-Hair/2986023_32817162394.html

A few key stats...

Handle Material: Resin
Handle Diameter: 38mm
Handle Height: 53mm
Knot Diameter: 24mm
Effective Loft: 55mm
Knot Type: 'Tuxedo' Synthetic
Weight: 90g
Cost: 11.02 GBP including postage (as at 19/08/17)
Delivery Time: 2 weeks

Ergonomics: Sits very comfortably in the hand

Water Retention: The first synthetic I've used which doesn't dribble surplus water, in fact you need to load less water because of this

Backbone: More than Muhle or Ubersoft and certainly more than a Plissoft. On a par with the Razorock 400. Only Zenith synthetics have more in my experience

Softness: As soft as a Plissoft

This brush is advertised as a Tuxedo. It looks like a Tuxedo and I strongly suspect it is (remembering loft and density can cause all sorts of variations on the same fibre). The point is largely moot however as in a nutshell it's a fine brush. In particular it's softness and water retention properties. The only possible negative for some is the backbone which is at the higher end of the scale. In short my current favourite brush.





In action with Portland Shave Soap
 
Messages
4,092
Ironically, just today I spoke by phone with the proprietor of Evershave and I learned something about these Tuxedo knots as I discovered that the "fan" shaped one I have been using for a few weeks daily is indeed from the same source, i.e., it's a Tuxedo, but the fan one has more fibers. Regardless, what Seanc says is true regarding water retention. However, mine is dead nuts perfect as regards backbone for face lathering set at approx. 53 - 55mm. I suspect these knots all come from the same maker in China, but no matter who you buy from they are IMO the best synthetic money can buy at present. And to think of all those poor saps spending all that cheddar on dead mammal brushes from China.
 
Messages
3,205
Location
West Norfolk. UK
I have been using one of these exclusively for the last week: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Men-s-Shaving-Brush-with-Resin-Handle-Synthetic-Hair/2986023_32817162394.html

A few key stats...

Handle Material: Resin
Handle Diameter: 38mm
Handle Height: 53mm
Knot Diameter: 24mm
Effective Loft: 55mm
Knot Type: 'Tuxedo' Synthetic
Weight: 90g
Cost: 11.02 GBP including postage (as at 19/08/17)
Delivery Time: 2 weeks

Ergonomics: Sits very comfortably in the hand

Water Retention: The first synthetic I've used which doesn't dribble surplus water, in fact you need to load less water because of this

Backbone: More than Muhle or Ubersoft and certainly more than a Plissoft. On a par with the Razorock 400. Only Zenith synthetics have more in my experience

Softness: As soft as a Plissoft

This brush is advertised as a Tuxedo. It looks like a Tuxedo and I strongly suspect it is (remembering loft and density can cause all sorts of variations on the same fibre). The point is largely moot however as in a nutshell it's a fine brush. In particular it's softness and water retention properties. The only possible negative for some is the backbone which is at the higher end of the scale. In short my current favourite brush.





In action with Portland Shave Soap
Greetings

Many thanks for the comprehensive and informative review, it has saved me ordering one, they are without doubt a great brush and super value, but for me personally the Muhle brushes are a bit too stiff so if this has more backbone it would not be my first choice in brushes. It is good to get a dispassionate review full of facts and not meaningless superlatives.

Personally I now believe that tip softness is no longer worth worrying about in the latest generation of synthetic brushes as they are all soft, some are very soft others are super soft and some are ridiculously soft! I now believe as your review has highlighted it is all about how much flex, splay, backbone, stiffness (or what ever other term you wish to use) that the knots have.

Regards
Dick.
 
Messages
1,253
Location
London
Ironically, just today I spoke by phone with the proprietor of Evershave and I learned something about these Tuxedo knots as I discovered that the "fan" shaped one I have been using for a few weeks daily is indeed from the same source, i.e., it's a Tuxedo, but the fan one has more fibers. Regardless, what Seanc says is true regarding water retention. However, mine is dead nuts perfect as regards backbone for face lathering set at approx. 53 - 55mm. I suspect these knots all come from the same maker in China, but no matter who you buy from they are IMO the best synthetic money can buy at present. And to think of all those poor saps spending all that cheddar on dead mammal brushes from China.
Yaqi ?
 
Top Bottom