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#8
SynBad looks like the Yaqi Mew Brown knot, which I think someone here said is the same fibre as the Plissoft/Cashmere/Tuxedo.
The SynBad is definitely not the same fibre as the Plissoft/Cashmere/Tuxedo, however as most YaQi innovation as of late seems to have been purely cosmetic, it's quite possible the Yaqi Mew Brown is. A review will confirm one way or the other
 
#9
The SynBad is definitely not the same fibre as the Plissoft/Cashmere/Tuxedo, however as most YaQi innovation as of late seems to have been purely cosmetic, it's quite possible the Yaqi Mew Brown is. A review will confirm one way or the other
Yes, you're right, I made a mistake, I had a look at the review with the info about the Yaqi Mew Brown brush, and Cristobal said it was like the Black Fibre not the Tuxedo fibre as I said above. Here is Cristobal's quote

"Performance
In conclusion, the behavior of the Mew Brown knot is very similar to the Black Fibre.
http://theshavingroom.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/yaqi-moka-express-mew-brown-knot.47186/

IMO the SynBad does look like the Mew Brown knot though.

SynBad


Yaqi
 
#10
Yes, you're right, I made a mistake, I had a look at the review with the info about the Yaqi Mew Brown brush, and Cristobal said it was like the Black Fibre not the Tuxedo fibre as I said above. Here is Cristobal's quote

"Performance
In conclusion, the behavior of the Mew Brown knot is very similar to the Black Fibre.
http://theshavingroom.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/yaqi-moka-express-mew-brown-knot.47186/

IMO the SynBad does look like the Mew Brown knot though.

SynBad


Yaqi
I can say with near certainty from 10 days worth of use that the SynBad isn't a variant on Black Fibre like the Mew Brown could be. Best description I can give for the SynBad is Cashmere, but with a bit more backbone. Tips are definitely softer than Black Fibre
 
#13
Used it now... A damn fine brush.





Three fibres lost on the first use...



I'm sticking with my initial assessment that they are the same fibres as the tuxedo/cashmere/plissoft which is exactly what Yaqi have said on the matter. Only difference is colour, loft and knot density... Which is the opposite of what others have said above so not much help I'm afraid.

I may order an APShave Synbad to compare.
 
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#14
@Rohleder
That's a very nice brush indeed. Yaqi's new batch of handles which includes yours and the Moka one IMO look fantastic.

What is the glue bump like? I have 2 Yaqi Tuxedo brushes with the Red Barbershop having a high 13mm glue bump and the Mysterious Space Fan has a 4mm high knot. Even though the brushes have the same fibre they are very different in use.
 
#15
@Rohleder
That's a very nice brush indeed. Yaqi's new batch of handles which includes yours and the Moka one IMO look fantastic.

What is the glue bump like? I have 2 Yaqi Tuxedo brushes with the Red Barbershop having a high 13mm glue bump and the Mysterious Space Fan has a 4mm high knot. Even though the brushes have the same fibre they are very different in use.
The handle looks better up close:



Knot measures 25x50mm with a vanishingly small glue bump, 2-3mm only. They really nailed it with this one, performance is just right for face lathering.
 
#16
@Rohleder

You're right about it looking better closer up, an absolute stunner of a brush. I need to keep telling myself I don't need another brush! :)

It's loft, knot and glue bump seem similar in proportions to my Mysterious Blue Fan Tux which has a knot of 28mm, a loft of 56mm and a glue bump of 4mm - it's a superb brush for using shaving sticks to face lather.
 
#19
So if I have a Plissoft and a Silver Tip, I don't really need a Mew/Synbad/Black/Cashmere or SilkSmoke? They are all the same except in the monds of wet shavers? :)
Almost, but not quite ;)

Yaqi seem to play around with lofts and densities depending on the knot, which changes the way they behave. My Mew has lower density and loft than a Tuxedo which results in softer (!) face feel, a bit less backbone (splays easier) and slightly better flow through... For me its an all round better knot and therefore brush but YMMV :)

I'm not saying the latest is always the greatest, the other colour variations recently released dont interest me a jot... I just like the 2-band look.
 
#20
So if I have a Plissoft and a Silver Tip, I don't really need a Mew/Synbad/Black/Cashmere or SilkSmoke? They are all the same except in the monds of wet shavers? :)
Maybe for the YaQi range, although as @Rohleder notes, the construction can add a lot of variation. As for APShaveCo, the Synbad is definitely a new type of fibre (it could of course be identical chemically to others, just extruded differently) and I'm waiting for a Silk Smoke
 
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