I (John) consider this brush the pinnacle of shaving brushes. Out of all my collection, I reach for the Simpson Emperor more than any other. The handle is large enough not to feel cramped, long enough to work in mugs or bowls, and ergonomic to hold. I'm a huge fan of the resin Simpson uses. It's different than others, reportedly the same material they use to make clarinets. Not that this is a musical brush, but it sure feels different. The knot is filled with the finest 2-band super badger hair. The knot shape is excellent for both shaving soaps and creams.