Where did you get that brush? I have one that is nearly identical, which was given to me by @brianw and he used a TGN knot for the restore. It is one of my favorite brushes.Example #3, an Artisan soap
Barrister & Mann, Reserve lavender and a TGN Best Badger 22mm reknot of an old Ever Ready handle.
This one can be finicky, and there's a half hour video on YouToobz talking about how thirsty this stuff is (and it is) and how it's a low-structure lather (won't be in stiff peaks, won't hold the brush up in the bowl). That's all true, but ... you guessed it. Use a damp, nearly dry brush and load a lot of product. I dipped the tips of the brush in water once for this load.
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Half a minute of lathering, obviously not ready yet.
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After adding water slowly and working it for a long time (this one took at least two minutes, for sure, again I don't time it) but you will creep up on the right hydration level. Do not be tempted to dump water in it because it's "thirsty". You go too far and you're cooked. Creep up on the right lather slowly. I took it to my face right here.
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After the first pass, mixed back in with the bowl lather for the second pass.
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