I wonder if I somehow have a defective Trafalgar 2, since no one else seems to find it prickly. I have used at least 8 or 10 different synthetic brushes, and it is the only one that I found to have that particular problem. Some have been too floppy, some didn't want to splay and some were so springy that they tended to fling lather around. So far the Yaqi Rainbow Brown is the only one that avoided all of those shortcomings (for me).I keep being amazed when people find any synthetic not to be soft enough... My biggest gripe with them is that they're *too* soft on the face.
Maybe some day a filament producer will eventually make a manufactured fiber that has more tip texture, I can only hope!