Review Yaqi 21mm Silvertip & Yaqi 26mm Moka twi band fines

Discussion in 'Shaving Brushes' started by Nav, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Nav

    Nav Veteran


    Two more Yaqi badger brushes arrived a few days ago from a recent order via aliexpress.

    The brushes are:

    - Moka express handle with a 26mm bulb shape two band finest

    - Ebony and metal base handle with a 21mm bulb shape silvertip


    Here are a couple of my SOTD pics with the newest brushes…


    Shedding and Smell:

    None of the brushes had or have any shedding issues. Not just these three brushes but none of the brushes I’ve ordered from Yaqi.

    The silvertip had no smell that I could pick up. The Moka had a very faint smell which dissipated after about 4 lathers.

    Pre-bloom softness:

    As expected, the silvertip was fairly soft even before touching any water. The Moka did have a noticeable scritch when brand new.


    The silvertip was hand lathered just once and was ready for use!! It blooms out beautifully and looks very classy with the ebony/metal handle.

    The Moka does require several uses before it opens up and breaks in. All two bands have a scritch for the first several uses but for whatever reason, the Moka didn’t have that scritch and it felt fantastic from the first use! I absolutely loved it!!


    The silvertip is very soft on the face. Very luxurious indeed! I absolutely love the feeling of a soft silvertip, especially in the winter times when I use warm water to soak my brushes.

    The two bands, in general, lose their scritch after at least 6 uses. Then they become soft but not a silvertip soft. They retain a scrub that is not at all scratchy. It’s very comfortable, no skin irritation but the scrub is what makes two bands special for me! For this reason, I would say the two bands are my favourite type of badger knot.

    As I mentioned previously, the Moka two band didn’t have that scritch even on the first use. It was luxurious, and this is probably the best two band experience I have ever had!


    I love the splay on all my Yaqi badger brushes, not just these ones.

    The silvertip has an excellent splay with a little bit of flop. The reason would obviously be due to the smaller 21mm knot so not as much “meat” holding up the loft. But the splay is not floppy in that it does retain its shape but has a tendency to splay out if pushed down. The heavy handle is also conducive to splay do I don’t exert additional pressure on this brush and it works just fine.

    The Moka has an excellent splay but since the hair is a bit more resilient than the silvertip, it takes a bit more pushing to splay it out more, but I generally don’t find I need to splay it out that much in any case.


    The knots are so well packed that there’s never any feeling of floppiness on the two band, even when pushed down to splay the knot. The backbone is what I classify as goldilocks since it’s dense enough not to be at all floppy but not so dense that it hogs my lather (which I find very irritating).

    The Moka has the perfect amount of backbone and density. The silvertip is dense but again, being 21mm, it does have relatively less density compared to 24mm+ silvertip knots. This is not a negative but just a reality that comes when comparing larger knots with smaller knots.

    Drying time:

    The Moka is generally dry within about 8 hours where as the silvertip takes 12-14 hours to fully dry. This is consistent with all the other two band and silvertip brushes I’ve used.

    This is not a characteristic I regard as good or bad…I’m totally indifferent about how long it takes for my brushes to dry but I would point out that in humid periods, badger brushes do take a LOT longer to dry out. My silvertip in the monsoon season took more than 2 days to dry out.

    I’d stick with synthetics for travel but at home, it really doesn’t bother me if my brushes are drying out quickly or not.


    The handles on Yaqi brushes are just awesome! I love them!

    You can see the design and quality in the photos. The quality and heft can definitely be felt in the hand. I regard Yaqi as having by far the best handles of all the non-custom brush makers!!

    A special mention for the Moka handle. It’s probably the most ergonomic handle I’ve ever used. It looks big but fits the hand like a glove! Its looks are mind-blowing and so unique! I mean, who would have thought to make a handle in the shape of a Moka pot? It’s just brilliant!!
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  2. RandySp

    RandySp ATG Official Member

    Ok you sold me the Moka brush!

    I'm leaving this thread not to buy the other one too!

    I don't read anything more, you enabler!!:laugh:
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  3. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK

    How does this 21mm Silvertip holding up?

    I’m quiet keen on going for this one as I tend to like smaller brushes.
  4. Nav

    Nav Veteran

    It's absolutely wonderful! Very plush and soft on the face. The knot size is great, especially after it blooms and breaks in.
  5. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    Thanks for the update!

    I struggled to find a 21mm Silvertip apart from this one from the Chinese sellers. Is there any other small knotted Silvertips you’d suggest? 20-21mm etc

    I have an Omega 11047 (badger & boar mix) which I love the size of it but hate the scritch.
  6. GoReds

    GoReds Über Member

    How dense is the Yaqi Moka compared to other manufacturers?
  7. Nav

    Nav Veteran

    There's Frank Shaving which are also good but I like the Yaqi 21mm badger as it's a very good size, density and nicer handle.

    It would be my suggestion for a 21mm silvertip.

    WSP also make a very nice silvertip but it's nearly double the cost of the Yaqi.

    I find it to have very good density and have to load a lot of soap into it but it rewards me with a wonderful lather and face feel.
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  8. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    Thanks ! I`m waiting for anniversary sale of Yaqi to order this one. Its going down on price in couple days.

    Edit: Yaqi suggests this is 53mm Loft. Is this shorter than this as some say Yaqi lofts are shorter than they say on the website.

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019
  9. Nav

    Nav Veteran

    There can be a variance of around 3mm loft with Yaqi brushes. It's never bothered me given the bargain prices but you should be aware of it off it's an issue for you.
  10. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    Tbh I’m hoping it’s shorter than say so. It’s ridiculously cheap.
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  11. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    21mm Yaqi silvertip just arrived and I’m stunned by the heft of the handle. Looks much nicer than the pictures and tips are already quite soft.

    Glue bump is around 0.75-1 cm higher than where the handle ends. Is that normal or would that be considered as defect?

    I’m assuming this glue bump gives a bit more backbone? Hairs seems more rigid at the bottom as they don’t move much on that area where my Yaqi Moka would bend from right at the bottom.

    Asking to know better in future.

    Only washed it with shampoo and palm lathered so far and it does feel very luxurious and cushiony in hand.

    I paid £13 for this including shipping. If that’s what a cheap silvertip is I can’t imagine how good are the expensive ones.
  12. p.b

    p.b Forum GOD!

    How are you measuring the height of the glue bump?

    I’d recommend using a cocktail stick, that way you’ll get a much more precise measurement.

    Personally I’m not happy with a bump higher than about 6-7mm.
  13. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    I put my finger around it and it’s pretty much half the height of my finger thickness. I measured my finger it’s about 1.5 cm. so I’m assuming it’s somewhere between 7-8mm
  14. RandySp

    RandySp ATG Official Member

    This Yaqi Moka is my dream.

    And my dream has just reached Greece. Now waiting for customs clearance.
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  15. bugra101

    bugra101 Active Member

    Warrington, UK
    It does make an easy lather and handle pretty handsome tho bit too big in my opinion. I’ve got small hands tho. To me ideal handle height is 48-50mm.
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