Omega 643174 Synthetic
I just got this brush from WCS. I thought I would share my thoughts here, since it doesn't have an official review yet, but I feel I should use it several times before writing a review.
I really like this thing!
Total Height: 104 mm
Loft: 56 mm
Knot: 23 mm
Price: $30 from WCS (+Tax/S&H)
Quality: Seems to be built very well. It hasn't lost any hairs just yet. Since there's no "packaging" field I think I'll mention that it comes with its own little stand for upside-down drying.
Density: not too thick, not too fluffy
Stiffness of Tips: Not as stiff as a VDH boar brush, but stiffer than my AOS Pure Badger brush.
Softness of Tips: Here's where I was floored. This thing feels even softer than my Shavemac 23mm finest badger brush. The bristles are quite fine, and each one tapers down to an incredibly fine tip.
This brush is the definition of the "stiff yet soft" phenomenon.
Ergonomic: Not really sure how to judge this trait. It has a square-based handle with faceted corners, which kind of adds to its unique "countertop appeal" I suppose.
I did notice that the non-round shape resulted in more CLANGing when whipping up lather in my shaving mug, but this may not matter to face-latherers, hand-latherers or those who use a more shallow bowl.
Latherability: I found it a little tricky to load it with soap, but this could be my own technique. The bristles don't like to splay outward; it takes a good push to spread 'em out on the cake of soap.
Whips up cream with great ease. I've been having trouble getting a good lather from my Classic Brand Citrus Basil shave cream, but this thing whipped it into a nice lather on my first attempt. It didn't "hog the cream" the way my Shavemac tends to do with this particular product.
All in all I am very impressed by how well this brush works. I have face-lathered some VDH with it (only to play with it, and wash my face) in the morning. This afternoon I actually shaved, using this brush to whip up some Omega soap into a luxurious lather.
If any of you all have this brush, speak up! Let us know how it worked for you or left you wanting.
Attached are pictures comparing it to my AOS Pure and my Shavemac Finest w/ 23mm knot
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