In this post Nishy you describe the Tuxedo! How come didn't you like it? I own 2 tuxedos from Yaqi and both are excellent performers. I also have a Timberwolf 26mm knot. I like it a bit better TBH from Tuxedo.Glad you like the brush, I was unimpressed with Silksmoke to be honest, too soft and too much splay, the very fine fibres also feel unatural/plastic IMO. Also just to clarify I like lots of backbone with soft tips, but wouldn't endorse squashing or flattening a knot on the face, meant to ruin a brush. In other words light pressure, massage feel and clumpy fibres that feel natural = A*
Only a few badgers provide this face feel and a couple of well broken boars. YMMV.
I don't know, maybe it is my low standards, but they have feather soft tips with powerful backbone and suck up soap like there is no tomorrow.