Bowl : Van Yulay Resin
Brush : Friendship Shaving G4 Synthetic “Macy” by Frank Shaving
Pre-Shave : Taylor of Old Bond Street Pre-Shave oil
Soap : Taylor of Old Bond Street Cedarwood
Post Shave : Thayers Witch Hazel Lemon, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Aftershave
Razor : Rockwell 6S-R4 w/ Croma Blade (3)
High quality synthetic knots are more or less the same whether its sold by Yaqi, Frank Shaving, Oumo, Muhle or any number of brush companies but there are slight variations and though most are probably made of Taklon from the Japanese company Toray how each strand is made and then assembled into a brush knot can give a knot a very different feel.
Frank Shavings’ best Synthetic knot for the moment is the G4 knot and it is really good.
The tips looks and behave very much like natural hairs and I’ll bet that if you didn’t know better you’d thought from the pictures alone that they were animal hair.
They also performed like high quality badger.
While the brush I used is from Frank Shavings, Yaqi, Maggarts and many other shaving companies who do sell brushes do also use these knots under different names.
I have taken to using pre-shave oil again but to be honest, after using PAA’s The Cube, I think my pre-shave oil days are done. I’ll use up my (rather plentiful stock of several bottles) existing stock and then stick to the Cube or if someone else comes up with something similar, pre-shave soaps.
TOBS as always smell fantastic.
Croma blade left a few micro stubble around my trouble spots but its acceptable. I’ll clean up tonight and chuck the blade, its 4th use then.
I might just burn through the stock I have by using them as a one time use blade.