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I picked this brush up from Old Dominion Soap company. Having exclusively used badger hair brushes, I thought I'd give a synthetic a try, and this one was available cheaply. I know when comparing a badger brush to a nylon brush, you aren't really comparing apples to apples, but I have to say, I did expect a bit more from this brush.

Clearly, if you are sensitive to animal rights issues or wish to limit your use of animal products, a synthetic brush is the way to go. However, this brush isn't even in the same category as a badger hair brush. That being said, the nylon tips are softer than I expected, and the brush is fairly dense for something under $20.

The brush itself does hold a little more water that I expected, but the water it does hold drips all over the place. Shaking the brush to get rid of excess water is of no use; I still end up with it dripping down my arm after soaking. When wet, the tips clump together into a single, solid mass with no spread at all.

Lathering is a bit of a pain. While I could create plenty of "suds" with my Mama Bear's shaving soap, that's about as far as I could get. Nowhere near the super-saturated, luxuriously slick lather I create with my Shavemac badger brush.

Cleaning the brush after a shave is also a pain. No matter how much I rinse, I'm still left with a soap residue that I have to physically work out of the brush under running water.

I wouldn't recommend this brush. It's the only experience I've really had with synthetic brushes and probably the last. Nylon, in my book, just doesn't seem to cut it by any means.

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Pros: cheap, good for travel
Cons: difficulty holding water
I was very impressed at the quality you get for the money with this brush. I picked it up in a local artisan soap shop on vacation, and am not regretting my purchase.

This is very different from both my Omega boar and my ShaveNation silvertip. The fibers manage to be both stiff and floppy, all depending on how vigorous you are in lathering. It's stiff enough to feel and get feedback, but soft enough to not be harsh or irritating.

With a Edwin Jagger soap I managed to get enough lather for a three pass shave, so lather retention is not an issue I have with this. My only issue is as the first reviewer said. Getting the right amount of water in the brush to begin with can be a trick. It runs everywhere if you're not careful, and all squeezing the brush does is empty the brush totally.

On the plus side, this brush dries almost instantly after a quick rinse. Great for travel or storing somewhere that shouldn't get wet (i.e.: wooden cabinets, enclosed bags).

Once the learning curve is over this is a great brush. It performs well, travels well, and is dirt cheap.
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Quality
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Ergonomic
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Latherability
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Softness of Tips
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Stiffness of Tips
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Pros: syntex, soft and lathery brush
This was my first approach to the synthetic brushes. A very nice experience. The brush is made with nylon "hairs" cut horizontally.

It has an excellent latherability enhanced if you soak the brush in hot water. If you do, after that the brush is almost perfect. Its latherability is excellent when you made it in a bowl.

I appreciated the horizontal cut because it work much better than other synthetic brushes with the typical shape of a badger brush.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Density
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
4.00 star(s)
Latherability
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Softness of Tips
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Pros: Inexpensive, soaks up water quickly
Cons: Bristle strength
I purchased this brush after using a low quality boar hair brush for a month. I wanted something softer and that wouldn't lose bristles every time I shaved. After a few months of using it I'll say that for the price it is a terrific brush.

To prep the brush I put it in hot water for a minute or two, shake a couple times and it's ready to use (as opposed to my boar brush which had to soak for at least 5 minutes). Face lathering soap is quick and easy. Bowl lathering soaps or creams takes a little more time, but does work. The bristles are a little scratchy, but none have fallen out.

The only negative I found is that the bristles are a little weak and it does get floppy when loaded with lather. I've been able to work with this fine, but it could be an issue for someone who likes to make heavy lathers. Also if you have large hands the handle might be a little small for you.

Overall this is a great brush for someone who wants a budget model synthetic or something for travel.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Density
3.00 star(s)
Quality
3.00 star(s)
Ergonomic
4.00 star(s)
Latherability
4.00 star(s)
Softness of Tips
3.00 star(s)
Stiffness of Tips
2.00 star(s)

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