I picked "synthetic," but it's really a toss-up with wood for me. Both can be very beautiful. Both can be cheap looking/feeling. Both can be a benefit or a detriment where brush care is concerned.
Like Mike, I'm more interested in the knot type. I'd say handle shape is my second concern. Material would be a distant third, unless I was custom ordering a handle from someone like Rudy, where I could specify all the parameters.
- Eric "Fountain pens, oil paints, wet shaving. Maybe I was born after my time."
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