The G5A features the following:
- Natural-looking synthetic fibers imported from Germany
- The hair on the G5A is very similar to that of other big name high end synthetic knots. For reference, it’s most similar to the Omega EVO, and similar to the Simpsons Platium Grade synthetic.
- This knot has been packed with SHD density to make it the denest possible knot for it’s size (20% more hair).
- Excellent backbone. This German hair uses a wavy style hair to clump the tips and gives it more backbone while still retaining that amazing synthetic softness. It’s a truly luxurious experience with this knot.
- Very soft tips (approx. very soft to above average softness compared to other synthetics)
- A common problem with the G4 knots you’ve seen on the market is that they tend to tangle in the center after use. This problem does not occur in the G5A hair!
-It retains water in a more efficient manner than traditional synthetics.
NOTE: These knots contain and inherently shorter height (approx. 65mm) compared to other synthetics (68mm). Keep this in mind when setting the knot, you'll need a slightly more shallow hole!
Base Diameter: 24mm (
± 0.5 - 1mm)
I asked for a synthetic brush with nigh-impossible dimensions on an internet discussion forum. One of Andrew’s colleagues said a G5 series would be needed to produce what I wanted to try.
I wanted a brush in the medium-to-hyooj category that wouldn’t have too tall of a loft. Other than the height of its loft, my AP ShaveCo 30mm Cashmere brush is perfecto. Actually, it’s perfecto even with its loft height, but I didn’t know that, so I was on a quest.
This quest continued with me emailing Andrew about setting a relatively low loft on a 24mm G5A knot in a clear and blue handle and him saying he could make and sell one to me. So that happened. And I waited and fidgeted and it arrived in a timely manner and it looked stunning. My first “high end” synthetic knot in my third, custom-made AP ShaveCo brush.
Then learning occurred. But it was great!
The brush looked barely; nit-pickingly; narrower than the Omega Evo V1 in the household (at 24mm versus 28mm, that’s supposed to look/be that way) and with a slightly shorter loft (for which I begged as I surmised it would be the answer to all my brush-related desires). What I asked for to a tee! When both are completely dry, the tips of the competitor’s brush felt barely softer, but something happened when the AP ShaveCo brush was loaded with soap and water:
This medium/large brush made non-stop slick, creamy lather! It was like a machine at a barber shop that fit in the palm of my lather-filled hand. It held enough lather to shave my neighborhood, but I’m introverted. But insanely easy lather making was only the start.
I face lather; as opposed to using a bowl; and paint with a little bit of pressure here and there as opposed to splaying and scrubbing. This brush felt not only as soft or softer as that Omega Evo V1 I mentioned, but it is so much more plush, dense, and luxurious. This brush feels so incredibly like a badger brush, only it also feels like it’s not at the same time. Very soft, but very scrubby, with none of the downsides.
My only regret is that I wonder what the G5C feels like in action as the G5A gives me the comfort, luxury, and enjoyment one expects of a premium, deity-tier brush, but it also makes incredible lather beyond my skill level, so I shouldn’t wonder.
How did so much luxury come from a 24mm synthetic brush? I don’t know, but AP ShaveCo sold one to me without a prescription.
Well worth the wait for a quality product a brush knot. Just perfect and lovely note inside. Best wishes
I liked the 26mm so much that I got this 24mm for a smaller handle that I have. It works and feels great!
Highly recommending this synthetic if you like soft synthetics with no scritch but prefer the backbone and splay qualities of a DO1-2Band Badger. I would say the knots are very comparable in performance . Definitely a top 3 knot of any brush I’ve owned and way above any other synthetic knot I’ve tried to include some of the other offerings by ApShave and PAA. Only regret is not spending extra to get a better handle with this superb knot.
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.