I shaved with the 200T synthetic this morning, bowl lathered with T&H lavender. It took longer to build the lather than with my silvertips, but I eventually worked up a good amount of lather. Painted it on, and it was silky smooth. I am definitely going to have to practice with the synthetic. At first I was pushing down into the cream, but when I backed off and let the tips do all the work, that seemed to go better.
Gary and others, I welcome your suggestions on lathering with a synthetic!