Considering the price this is a fine brush- decent backbone, quality construction and the synthetic design probably lends a durability which will enable this brush to last for many, many years..Extremely dense and soft 'velvety' feel- much like the softest 'high mountain' badger hair. No break-in required. Will probably not ever change characteristics given its synthetic heart.
The cons for me- Too soft! I like a little "scritch" or a more "rugrous" - somewhat abrasive feel to let you know it is there - some label this as "exfoliation" for us face lather's. Truth is we care less about "exfoliation" and more about that great tactile sensation!
Admittedly there is a limited range of balance for this softness/abrasion zone for many of us. The Frank Shaving Pur-tech just needs a little tweaking to become Pur-fect!
The second and perhaps the worst con is water retention- it holds a lot of water until it touches your...
I love this brush. Extremely soft and lathers very well. I've been mostly a badger hair brush kind of guy over the years and I have to tell you, this brush is fantastic! No need to soak in water for 10 minutes before shaving. Just wet it down squeeze out and start whipping up your shave cream. Dries very fast. I would definitely recommend this to a friend!!
I've been through lots of shaving brushes, and the Frank Shaving synthetics are my favorites. The best evidence I can offer is that I bought one previously, and liked it so well that I bought a second. In this price range, I've tried a badger brush (Tweezerman), a horse hair brush (Vie-Long) and several boar bristle brushes (Omegas). The badger was soft, but too floppy. The horse hair brush was very prickly and not that great at making lather. The boars were the best (until I found the Frank synthetics), but they clearly come in second place behind the synthetics. The Frank Shaving synthetics are great at building lather, with soap or cream. They have very soft tips, but have enough backbone so they're easy to control and a pleasure to use. They rinse out easily, dry quickly, and at this price point, I think they're a tremendous value.
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