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Anyone use CaYuen Brushes?

They are very beautiful handles and most all have a narrow "waist" with the fleur de lis coin on bottom. I felt that the socket was a bit too deep for me, so I pulled out the knot and lifted it with coins. The handle also has a hollow area inside right under the socket so it's lightweight.

With most any artisan etsy brush, I would recommend you set the knot yourself to adjust the loft and splay to your preference. So you can buy just the handle, or put a note to not set it, or not use epoxy. Silicone is easier to remove. I'm replacing the timberwolf bulb knot on this one with a fan shaped cashmere I ordered from apshaveco.

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So I finally got home and got to see my CaYuen brush! Pictures are low-quality but here are my thoughts:

1. The shape (for me) is very comfortable: The "waist" where it narrows makes it really nice to hold.
2. My handle has a bit of a haze to it that doesn't seem as clear as the pictures on the site: It's a little thing but I was hoping for a bit more of a sheen. Very likely just variability handle to handle, but it isn't quite as "pretty" as I'd hoped.

3. The knot, for me, is set a bit deep and is a bit stiffer than I'd like. It's definitely soft, just a bit stiff. I'm not sure if I'm looking at it wrong, but it almost looks a bit crooked. I put it beside my Italian barber 24mm plissoft brush: Both brushes are actually 24mm but the IB brush definitely has more face coverage, probably because of depth of set.

Summary:
A very comfortable brush, but I would just get the handle and either set the knot yourself or maybe send it to someone whose knots you know.
 

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Looking back at your original photo, it looks pretty good? Was this a brush you selected from the page, or did you show him that photo (maybe a past design) and ask him to make it?

It kinda suckos that the knot isn't exactly to your liking, did you hear back from Rich in what adhesive is in it? It does look really nice
 
So I finally got home and got to see my CaYuen brush! Pictures are low-quality but here are my thoughts:

1. The shape (for me) is very comfortable: The "waist" where it narrows makes it really nice to hold.
2. My handle has a bit of a haze to it that doesn't seem as clear as the pictures on the site: It's a little thing but I was hoping for a bit more of a sheen. Very likely just variability handle to handle, but it isn't quite as "pretty" as I'd hoped.

3. The knot, for me, is set a bit deep and is a bit stiffer than I'd like. It's definitely soft, just a bit stiff. I'm not sure if I'm looking at it wrong, but it almost looks a bit crooked. I put it beside my Italian barber 24mm plissoft brush: Both brushes are actually 24mm but the IB brush definitely has more face coverage, probably because of depth of set.

Summary:
A very comfortable brush, but I would just get the handle and either set the knot yourself or maybe send it to someone whose knots you know.
After a few years of admiring artisan handles I just ordered my first handle from Derek at Wild West Brushworks, who is also on Etsy. I used a birthday thats coming up, and the past sucky year, to rationalize getting one of his handles. He has plenty of reviews, and I've messaged him with a few questions now and then, usually about knot sources, so I felt comfortable with ordering. He gives the option of setting a brush with a silicone sealant so the knot can be pulled if desired. Like you, I went with a synthetic, but a Cashmere in my case. My handle is a cream and butterscotchy amber that Derek named "Butterbeer", so a Cashmere should be an appropriate knot. If the haze on your handle is on the surface, you can probably polish it up.
 
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