The Omega jade handle is very cheaply made anyway and I think some of the enthusiastic chat about it in shaving forums may mislead people to expect a premium brush. It isn’t at all. People just seem to like the knot specifications (unbleached bristles and low loft). But the handle is low quality plastic and you are very likely to get some unsightly black hairs in the knot.If talking Connaught jade omega boar … then I bought the same Brush a week ago … used today first time … performance is fine.
However disappointed with the tooling marks on the handle and Connaught response was basically an admittance of knowing all their omega jades stock is consistent with mine!!
Shouldn’t need to polish your own brush handle !
Yes they said send brush back if not happy …. But it’s poor service when they know the finish is consistently bad on all Omega Jade Boars… They are not of merchantable quality and are seconds at best let alone premium.
Omega don’t really make premium handles. If the handle quality is important to you (and it is to me) then you should look at Zenith or Semogue, not Omega. The Semogue 620/630 and 820/830 boars have really nice quality handles for a very reasonable price ($20ish) - lovely little brushes, those are. For $40ish you can get some very beautiful acrylic handled boar brushes from Zenith.