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ZY (Chinese) Pure Badger - Synthetic

Pros: Great value
Performs better than a lot of European brand-name brushes
Real timber handle
Cons: Will not satisfy those who prefer expensive brushes
Smaller than most
This brush can be purchased for about USD 2 (in May 2020) on AliExpress or for more on eBay, etc. The brush is often listed as "pure badger" however it is synthetic. What do you expect for the price.

With a 19mm knot, 53mm loft and overall height of 100mm, this is not a large brush. This has the advantage that the brush does not hog lather. Just a pea size of cream face lathered gives enough lather for three passes and some left over.

The handle is of natural timber with a clear lacquer finish. The handle diameter is 34mm. The brush looses a hair or two with the first few uses, however after about 5 to 10 uses the brush hair stabilizes.

I have badger brushes costing 20 to 50 time more than this brush and they are nowhere near even 2 to 5 times better. This brush is the one that I now most frequently pick. Try it. For the price, you can't waste your money!
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Great review. I have a two band badger and frankly the extent that it hogs lather irritates me no end. I'm searching for synthetics, and now I won't be afraid to go for the cheapies.
I found this knot in a rubber coated plastic handle this weekend at TJMaxx. Looks like a good travel brush.
I concur with the ratings - a deceptively cheap but impressive performing brush. I prefer smaller brushes, but can load this one up with an amazing amount of lather. I have spendier badgers that fall short of this brushes' performance.
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