St. James of London Hand Tied Synthetic Fiber Shaving Brush -Tortoise
The St. James of London synthetic fiber brushes are hand tied and utilize the Plisson style synthetic fiber that is all the rage. These brushes gin up lather more efficiently than badger brushes and are perfect for travel as well as everyday use. Everyone should have one of these in their quiver of brushes.
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Fibers are practically identical to the Muhle or Edwin Jagger silvertip fibres. For those who are not familiar with these silvertip fibres, these fibers are springy but have really soft tips. The brush has plenty of backbone and is not floppy. It lathers up hard soaps very efficiently. This brush is slightly scrubby, particularly when splaying. Not as soft as the “plisson” type fibers. This brush is not overly dense. It has excellent flow through, but still holds a lot of lather. For me, it holds enough lather for 3 passes, plus several touch/clean up passes (YMMV since I face lather and I don’t shave my head). With the brush I received, the knot is slightly canted. But this defect is only cosmetic and does not affect the performance of the brush. Knot width is about 20-21 mm and loft around 57 mm, but I can feel the glue bump at about 2-3 mm. Overall, not a bad brush. Fans of the silvertip fibres knots might like this brush; however, this brush has a lot of competition given the newer variety of softer knots that are now available.