I have had my Savile Row 3226 silvertip brush from QED now for more than two weeks now, and have had an opportunity to run it through a series of lathering scenarios and comparisons to my other Savile Rows.
This is the 3226 as received, unbloomed:
This is the 3226 after one use, bloomed:
The wet dog smell disappeared after one use. Not a problem.
These are the Three Amigos:
The little guy is a Savile Row SR11 pure badger, the medium size one is an SR24 super (best) badger and the new arrival is the 3226, the big boy. Some of you may recognize my SR24. This is the brush I subjected to various torture tests during the past year. It is still going strong, but deserves a much needed rest.
Here are the specs on the three:
Head Width: 51mm (2)
Knot: 21mm (0.8)
Handle: 38mm (1.5)
Bristle: 38mm (1.5)
Overall: 76mm (3)
Weight: 1.4 ozs
Head Width: 63mm (2.5)
Knot: 22mm (0.8)
Handle: 51mm (2)
Bristle: 51mm (2)
Overall: 102mm (4)
Weight: 2.1 ozs
Head Width: 76mm (3)
Knot: 26mm (1)
Handle: 70mm (2.75)
Bristle: 63mm (2.5)
Overall: 133mm (5.25)
Weight: 4.1 ozs
This is an aerial shot of the Three Amigos:
And finally, a pix of the Three Amigos in their dress whites:
The 3226 is an aesthetically pleasing brush which looks handsome on ones counter. The long handle is especially comfortable, even for the largest of hands. The long handle balances well in the hand when the bristle head is saturated with water and lather.
The bristles of this silvertip provide the best of both worlds. The moderately stiff bristles mimic a pure badger for a gentle scrubbing effect, while the soft tips of the bristles emulate a best (or super) badger providing a pleasant massaging effect on the beard.
The dual-action bristles allow the 3226 to easily generate lather on top of a hard soap, a hard cream, soft cream or stick. The large head generates generous amounts of lather without using a large amount of product. The head retains heat and lather enough for multiple passes. It is not too big to lather directly on top of soaps and hard creams (Proraso, Cowboy Soap, St Charles, etc.) or to whip up lather in a bowl.
In summary, the 3226 feels good in my hand, feels good on my face, lathers good, looks good, and I feel I paid a fair price for it. So I am happy with my purchase.
If you are looking for a silvertip at a very reasonable price, look no further. This silvertip is a superb brush for the money and proudly wears the label of Savile Row.