I bought this specifically as a travel brush and it works great. I strongly recommend this as a good value. Other than it's good looks, what makes it so good? Compact size, builds a good lather (not great, but good enough), soft enough (remember this is a travel brush), and reasonably priced compared to other travel brushes. This is probably nit-picky, but to me the only flaw in the design is the drying. The single perforation at the bottom of the handle doesn't provide any airflow to dry the brush when it's packed, this is because the brush knot end sits on top of it and the brush end faces out but doesn't have the opportunity to fan out. If you want the knot to last don't pack it right after a shave. Carrying a rubber band and using that as modified way to hang dry the brush on a knob works as a good way to dry it upside down like a proper brush.