The single finest face lathering synthetic available. All synthetics have soft tips but are less soft while splayed. The G5A feels like silk fibers regardless of the positioning of the fibers. Excellent high back bone with the best water retention I've ever seen in a synthetic...by far. This thing killed my acquisition disorder for synthetics. Just incredible... especially after 6 or 7 lathers. Despite being synthetic this brush DOES improve slightly after break in.
The softest tips imaginable with very good density and an ideal size for a fan shape knot. Personally, I’d only ever order synthetic knots from AP Shave Co. as the quality, choice and reliability of product are the market benchmark. Additionally, Andrew is a gentleman to deal with.
I have not yet had the opportunity to use the brush this knot was mounted in. I can say that it installed easily in the brush and I like the look. l am pleased so far with how the knot feels. I am confident it will have the right amount of splay and backbone as I have other knots of this type set at the same loft as this one.
The Synbad knot looks great and lathers soap even better! The elegant green handle also gives the brush an elegant look as well. This will probably be my daily driving brush from here on out!
Nice looking and inexpensive to ice the cake.
Good looking brush with a nice gelousy knot at a good price.
I could not be any happier with my purchase of the lemon drop handle. Pictures on your website do not really do justice to how nice it is in person. Combined with the mixed badger/boar knot, soon becoming one of my best brushes.
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Soft on the face but great backbone particularly in the Euro shape. I highly recommend you give it a try. ApShaveCo gives great bang for the buck.
It works great, not too stiff. It has held up well for
the two weeks I’ve had it.
I absolutely love this knot. I set it as high as I possibly could, as I like a taller knot, and it still has all the backbone I could want. For comparison, backbone is about the same as (or maybe a bit stiffer than) my 26mm Tuxedo, but without any of the springiness, and the tips are much softer and less prickly. The fibres never clump together in one lump, no matter how heavily I load, so this 28mm knot holds easily as much lather as my 30mm synthetics. It splays and paints with equal facility. Fantastic. If a 30mm version ever becomes available (with longer fibres to keep it in proportion) I'll be at the front of the queue to buy one, because I'm a greedy head shaver. My other brushes have all suddenly become redundant. Well done.
Really nice handle, well made and fits nicely in my hand. Really enjoying the 2BED knot, will be curious to try the G5A next. Thanks for the great brush and super service!
My preference is for taller knots, and I prefer a lot of splay. This knot didn't do that for me. Andrew notes that in the description, so I knew this may not work out for me. But I thought it looked and felt fantastic, so I will not give it less than 5 stars given what I wrote above. I traded it to a friend, and I believe he is very happy with it!
Bottom line: if you like splay, beware, as this knot would need to be set very shallow. I have the 26mm and love it, having set it very shallow!
I love his pre-made brushes (from Etsy) but I opted to make my own brush with my specs and it came out floppy. There are a lot of variables that can change brush characteristics. Make sure you ask before purchasing.
Popped this in the AP 26mm black handle (17mm depth). Sat like a Chubby2 so I was good to go.
Tons of backbone, stiff but soft, but not too much splay. Maybe if it was mounted a nickel higher it would splay more.
Really stiff & have to work it on the face to build a lather. Oozes onto handle like a Trafalgar.
Good looking combo.
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