APShaveCo SynBad 24mm Synthetic

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The latest synthetic knot to hit the streets...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/594769816/24mm-synbad-w-elegant-emerald-handle?ref=shop_home_active_12
I will repeat the site description as based on my initial use it's very accurate:

The newest knot in the APShaveCo collection - the SynBad knot! I had two goals with this knot 1) getting the closest imitation to badger in appearance yet and 2) providing consumers with a knot that had a great splay. This knot solves the problem many have with the Tuxedo not being able to splay easy, and its the most beautiful knot in my collection. The tips are on par with the cashmere, the splay is one of the best out of all my knots, and the backbone is a bit less than that of the tuxedo (enough for easier splay)

It cost me c£21 including postage. The value declared on the package was $20CDN, so no RM / HMRC ransom to pay

Initial thoughts are it's a very sound brush indeed. Dimensions are:
  • Handle Height: 64mm
  • Handle Diameter (base): 30mm
  • Knot Diameter: 24mm
  • Effective Loft: 58mm
The handle is made out of a predominantly dark green resin with coloured swirls. Although it is cast in a mould, rather than turned, the finish is flawless

The knot has a new colour scheme of white over brown. As mentioned earlier, the maker states it's as soft as a Cashmere, but with more backbone, but not on a level with the Tuxedo. To add another dimension of my own, the tips are marginally softer than a Plissoft, but with more backbone. Apart from being a little softer, I see this knot as being similar to Muhle / EJ. For those using YaQi brushes note the higher loft and absence of any glue bump which gives this brush different attributes. In use the brush as well as being very comfortable, is a real lather machine, both in bowl and on face. Definitely a keeper for me


 
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It is indeed a nice looking knot. He stated that the Tuxedo is not easy to splay which is totally & completely solved with a fan shaped Tuxedo per my experiences having used both. However, for whatever reason few brush makers offer the fan shaped one. Perhaps fewer face latherers than bowl latherers? o_O

Regardless, great review. ;)
 
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Greetings

Thanks for that review Sean; that knot certainly sounds ideal for my tastes ie splays fairly easily, right size and loft, little glue bump. I have the Tuxedo and the Cashmere from this maker and I like them both the cashmere especially so.

I have just ordered one with the white/black marble effect handle. Thanks for including the handle height, I just measured my RazoRock Plissoft with the similar barber style handle and it's the same height which for me is rather big, hence I choose the shorter handle.

Regards
Dick.
 
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Seanc, how does this stack up.against the black fiber synthetic such as sold by Maggard?
Softer tips for certain, a fraction more backbone, but I suspect this could be down to that often overlooked variable called density

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Really liking the look of the AP SilkSmoke with faux marble white handle. Would be a nice change from my 3 black synth handles.
I have that exact brush in 24mm. It's a good solid performer, although note that the handles being moulded they don't have the clean cut lines that turned ones have

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I traded into a YaQi "mew brown" which is the same knot and after usage I have to agree that this knot is the "bee's knees" and does everything just right. I am not so sure that a "fan" or "flat top" version would be better, but I am open minded. At this point it is the best synthetic knot that I have personally used. It's incredible how far synthetics have come in the four years that I have been using one. :eek: ;)
 
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I traded into a YaQi "mew brown" which is the same knot and after usage I have to agree that this knot is the "bee's knees" and does everything just right. I am not so sure that a "fan" or "flat top" version would be better, but I am open minded. At this point it is the best synthetic knot that I have personally used. It's incredible how far synthetics have come in the four years that I have been using one. :eek:;)
What's the glue bump like on the mew brown? I've been looking at those myself.
 
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Cant speak for the APShaveCo knots Chris but the Yaqi Mew knots vary from brush to brush. I bought a 'Purple haze' which arrived with no glue bump (superb performance on this one) and later ordered a 'Moka express' with the same knot, but this one arrived with a 10mm+ glue bump which made it practically unusable... I complained and received a full refund plus a discount on my next order so the risk is very minimal overall.
 
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Cant speak for the APShaveCo knots Chris but the Yaqi Mew knots vary from brush to brush. I bought a 'Purple haze' which arrived with no glue bump (superb performance on this one) and later ordered a 'Moka express' with the same knot, but this one arrived with a 10mm+ glue bump which made it practically unusable... I complained and received a full refund plus a discount on my next order so the risk is very minimal overall.
Thanks, it's the Moka express I was looking at. Not that I need another brush...
 
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Mine is the "purple haze" one as well and like Rohleder's mine has little if any glue "bump". I am thinking this is a "luck of the draw" matter. :confused:
 
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I keep being drawn to the Synbad / Silksmoke AP synthetic brushes. I don’t NEED another brush but just fancy something a bit different. Anyone else got them and how do you rate them? I’m always wary of ordering from abroad, I guess the Canadian shipping wasn’t too painful a wait & you didn’t get stung for extra charges?
 
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I keep being drawn to the Synbad / Silksmoke AP synthetic brushes. I don’t NEED another brush but just fancy something a bit different. Anyone else got them and how do you rate them? I’m always wary of ordering from abroad, I guess the Canadian shipping wasn’t too painful a wait & you didn’t get stung for extra charges?
I recently purchased an AP Synbad and for a synthetic it’s pretty good. For several years I’ve used a Muhle synthetic as my travel brush, but the AP will replace it as I prefer its face feel and performance. Having said that, however, I still prefer my shavemac, Thater, Simpson, M&F and Kent 3-band silvertip badgers over the Synbad.
 
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I keep being drawn to the Synbad / Silksmoke AP synthetic brushes. I don’t NEED another brush but just fancy something a bit different. Anyone else got them and how do you rate them? I’m always wary of ordering from abroad, I guess the Canadian shipping wasn’t too painful a wait & you didn’t get stung for extra charges?
Took about 10 days to arrive and no RM / HMRC ransom to pay

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Ordered myself a 24mm Synbad with the Elegant Emerald handle. Should be a nice addition to the den. It is 4 months since I last bought a brush :D

Edit: Brush arrived from Canada 8 days after ordering. Still in its box!
 
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