YaQi 24mm 'Tuxedo' Synthetic

#1
I have been using one of these exclusively for the last week: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...andle-Synthetic-Hair/2986023_32817162394.html

A few key stats...

Handle Material: Resin
Handle Diameter: 38mm
Handle Height: 53mm
Knot Diameter: 24mm
Effective Loft: 55mm
Knot Type: 'Tuxedo' Synthetic
Weight: 90g
Cost: 11.02 GBP including postage (as at 19/08/17)
Delivery Time: 2 weeks

Ergonomics: Sits very comfortably in the hand

Water Retention: The first synthetic I've used which doesn't dribble surplus water, in fact you need to load less water because of this

Backbone: More than Muhle or Ubersoft and certainly more than a Plissoft. On a par with the Razorock 400. Only Zenith synthetics have more in my experience

Softness: As soft as a Plissoft

This brush is advertised as a Tuxedo. It looks like a Tuxedo and I strongly suspect it is (remembering loft and density can cause all sorts of variations on the same fibre). The point is largely moot however as in a nutshell it's a fine brush. In particular it's softness and water retention properties. The only possible negative for some is the backbone which is at the higher end of the scale. In short my current favourite brush.





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#5
Ironically, just today I spoke by phone with the proprietor of Evershave and I learned something about these Tuxedo knots as I discovered that the "fan" shaped one I have been using for a few weeks daily is indeed from the same source, i.e., it's a Tuxedo, but the fan one has more fibers. Regardless, what Seanc says is true regarding water retention. However, mine is dead nuts perfect as regards backbone for face lathering set at approx. 53 - 55mm. I suspect these knots all come from the same maker in China, but no matter who you buy from they are IMO the best synthetic money can buy at present. And to think of all those poor saps spending all that cheddar on dead mammal brushes from China.
 
#6
I have been using one of these exclusively for the last week: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...andle-Synthetic-Hair/2986023_32817162394.html

A few key stats...

Handle Material: Resin
Handle Diameter: 38mm
Handle Height: 53mm
Knot Diameter: 24mm
Effective Loft: 55mm
Knot Type: 'Tuxedo' Synthetic
Weight: 90g
Cost: 11.02 GBP including postage (as at 19/08/17)
Delivery Time: 2 weeks

Ergonomics: Sits very comfortably in the hand

Water Retention: The first synthetic I've used which doesn't dribble surplus water, in fact you need to load less water because of this

Backbone: More than Muhle or Ubersoft and certainly more than a Plissoft. On a par with the Razorock 400. Only Zenith synthetics have more in my experience

Softness: As soft as a Plissoft

This brush is advertised as a Tuxedo. It looks like a Tuxedo and I strongly suspect it is (remembering loft and density can cause all sorts of variations on the same fibre). The point is largely moot however as in a nutshell it's a fine brush. In particular it's softness and water retention properties. The only possible negative for some is the backbone which is at the higher end of the scale. In short my current favourite brush.





In action with Portland Shave Soap
Greetings

Many thanks for the comprehensive and informative review, it has saved me ordering one, they are without doubt a great brush and super value, but for me personally the Muhle brushes are a bit too stiff so if this has more backbone it would not be my first choice in brushes. It is good to get a dispassionate review full of facts and not meaningless superlatives.

Personally I now believe that tip softness is no longer worth worrying about in the latest generation of synthetic brushes as they are all soft, some are very soft others are super soft and some are ridiculously soft! I now believe as your review has highlighted it is all about how much flex, splay, backbone, stiffness (or what ever other term you wish to use) that the knots have.

Regards
Dick.
 
#7
Ironically, just today I spoke by phone with the proprietor of Evershave and I learned something about these Tuxedo knots as I discovered that the "fan" shaped one I have been using for a few weeks daily is indeed from the same source, i.e., it's a Tuxedo, but the fan one has more fibers. Regardless, what Seanc says is true regarding water retention. However, mine is dead nuts perfect as regards backbone for face lathering set at approx. 53 - 55mm. I suspect these knots all come from the same maker in China, but no matter who you buy from they are IMO the best synthetic money can buy at present. And to think of all those poor saps spending all that cheddar on dead mammal brushes from China.
Yaqi ?
 
#15
Bummer this site doesn't accept Paypal, sorry I'm out and thanks for the link @donnie_arko
If it's of any interest AliExpress's payer protection is excellent. The payer doesn't receive the money until the buyer has confirmed delivery. Yaqi Brush orders are tracked as well.

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Is there a different between the synthetic fibres for their black/white knots?

There's this one, which looks very similar to the knots used in the Razorock 400


And there's the Tuxedo one below
 
#16
If it's of any interest AliExpress's payer protection is excellent. The payer doesn't receive the money until the buyer has confirmed delivery. Yaqi Brush orders are tracked as well.

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Is there a different between the synthetic fibres for their black/white knots?

There's this one, which looks very similar to the knots used in the Razorock 400


And there's the Tuxedo one below
It's just an educated guess, but I think that the fibres are all the same, only the shape, the density, the packing and the colours might differ from one model to another, and according to the shop (ap shave co, wolf whiskers, maggard, razorock, etc) too.
 
#18
It's just an educated guess, but I think that the fibres are all the same, only the shape, the density, the packing and the colours might differ from one model to another, and according to the shop (ap shave co, wolf whiskers, maggard, razorock, etc) too.
Greetings
I firmly believe that the all white (Ivory really) knots, ie the Cashmere by APShave.co Etsy and the Angel knot by EverShave, also Etsy, are different fibres from any of the Tuxedo knots, they seem to be more flexible leading me to believe that the fibres are probably thinner but when I put them under my loupe I could detect no thickness difference but a higher magnification would be required to be sure.

What I am really sure about is the EverShave Angel knot (white) is more flexible than the EverShave Quarter moon knot (black and white Tuxedo style) both of these knots are the same diameter and loft and appear to be the same density. The same applies when comparing the APShaveCo Tuxedo with their white Cashmere knot.

There now seems to be so many new knots appearing that it is getting very confusing, I am trying to keep up with developments but am finding it difficult! I tend to think that at present the general rule seems to be the all white knots have less backbone, the black and white have more and the all black seem to have the most, the plisson style are hugely variable between sellers and brands and the L'Occitane Plisson knot has the least backbone of all. This is just my opinion at the moment unless I am persuaded otherwise.

Regards
Dick.
 
#19
Indeed, I've just read a post from AP on reddit: the white fibres are thinner than the bicolour fibres of the Tuxedo, thus are they more flexible.

However, there are strong suspicions (correct me if I am wrong) all Tuxedo knots sold by AP Shave Co, Wolf Whiskers, Envy Shave and Maggard are made by Yaqi (and are the same? beside shape and packing).
 
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