I have only seen an occasional mention of the da vinci line of shaving brushes manufactured by Uomo of Germany so I was curious enough to try one. I purchased the #290 100% pure Silvertip brush. The brush arrived last week and I am very impressed. It has a 25 mm knot with some of the softest tips that I have experienced. My first impressions are as follows:
1. Build quality is outstanding. Upon close examination I could find no flaws. It is a beautiful brush with outstanding aesthetics. The contrast between the beautiful black handle, chrome ring and the gorgeous silvertip knot is extremely pleasing and satisfying. A close examination of the hairs and shape of the knot appeared flawless. I should have taken a picture of the packaging which was nicely done.
2. Because of the loft, I expected a large bloom and this brush did not disappoint. The bloom is fantastic in appearance and feel on the face. I face lather so the initial bloom produced by the test lather was exciting to see.
3. The first real test shave was with Cade soap. The loading with this large knot was easy and quick. The application to the face was outstanding in every way. It developed a great full lather and the face feel was just a wonderful experience. The caressing of the silvertip hair was fantastic.
4. The second test came today with GFT Spanish Leather cream. The experience was outstanding as was the first so this is definitely both a soap and cream brush. The tips seemed to be softer today so I am very anxious for this beauty to be broken in.
My overall experience with just two uses is that this is a brush that I will reach for often. If your preference is for a smaller knot scrubby brush, this is not the brush for you but I would recommend one of their smaller brushes which may well be my next brush purchase. If your preference is for a luxurious soft hair feel with nice backbone, you will love this brush.
I also want to comment on the purchase experience. The vendor in the US is http://promakeupbrush.com. They appear be run by the proprietor and his daughter Amy. I can not say enough about their helpful nature and friendless. Amy was a pleasure to deal with and even offered a first time discount. They also recommended a brush cleaning soap that is outstanding and I will review later.
I am sorry if this adds to any one's SBAD but in my view it is a great brush worth exploring.