This is a great brush. I am very picky with synthetics and needed one that both splays nicely and also not a pain to keep open once splayed. Minimal glue bumps are nice too, and make synthetics feel more natural to me and this one did not disappoint in that area. Synthetics are all pretty soft, so that is usually a non-issue for me. This brush is pretty good at splaying, though not perfect and with all synthetics I've tried, I don't think that level exists quite yet. There is one special thing about this brush however: if feels a lot like a nice boar! It doesn't splay like one, but there's a gentle scrubbiness to it that is quite nice and reminds me of the finer-tipped Semogue boars I've owned. It's never pokey as the tips are quite soft, but there's something about the gray part of the fibers that makes them feel very boar-like. I'll take one of Maggard's Timberwolves over a Plissoft any day, that is just one knot I do not like as those usually have massive glue bumps and feel very generic. This is a great brush though, whether at home or on the road, it will stay in my rotation!