YaQi 24mm 'Tuxedo' Synthetic

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Received one of these yesterday...











I dont really like gaudy shaving brush handles and this definitely counts as such! I only went for it as they seem to be the most popular so I figured it would be relatively painless to move on compared to a vanilla ivory one.

Aesthetics aside, the handle is well made with a good heft... There are no machining marks or imperfections unlike every Maseto I've had! The knot has a small glue bump, is dense for a synthetic (coming from Muhle & Plisson) with medium backbone and good water retention, possibly the first synthetic I've used that doesnt dribble. There were 9 fibres upside down in the knot which I had to pluck out, more than I'd like to see ideally.

After two uses I think its safe to say they are a bit of a bargain.

Edited as I was talking bollox.
 
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Received one of these yesterday...











I dont really like gaudy shaving brush handles and this definitely counts as such! I only went for it as they seem to be the most popular so I figured it would be relatively painless to move on compared to a vanilla ivory one.

Aesthetics aside, the handle is well made with a good heft... There are no machining marks or imperfections unlike every Maseto I've had! The knot has a small glue bump, is dense for a synthetic (coming from Muhle & Plisson) with medium backbone and good water retention, possibly the first synthetic I've used that doesnt dribble. There were 9 fibres upside down in the knot which I had to pluck out, nothing compared to RazoRock synthetics but still more than I'd like to see ideally.

After two uses I think its safe to say they are a bit of a bargain... They blow RR brushes out of the water, still not quite up to Muhle & Plisson handle quality wise but the Yaqi knots are in another league, the old European companies really need to catch up as they're still advertising 4 year old fibres as some kind of breakthrough... In reality they're barely fit for purpose compared to the latest generation.

...definitely a case of YMMV; I find the old style RR synthetics have a better face feel for me than Yaqi's offerings, which feel like a sponge; backbone with many synthetics though varies even with the same models and seems to depend entirely on the height of the glue bump...
 
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...definitely a case of YMMV; I find the old style RR synthetics have a better face feel for me than Yaqi's offerings, which feel like a sponge; backbone with many synthetics though varies even with the same models and seems to depend entirely on the height of the glue bump...
Having exactly the same discussion on "the other forum".

Its subjective, as is everything in this game... I suppose I shouldn't say its superior to all the other synthetics, only that it comes much closer to what I look for in a perfect brush.
 
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