I recently purchased the Shavemac #25 in Ebony with Finest Badger hair (23mm knot). This is a beautiful brush that works well with hard soaps, soft soaps, and creams. I chose the Finest Badger over the SilverTip Badger for the extra backbone. Special thanks to Julianna for her excellent customer service during the selection process. While everyone at West Coast Shaving is extremely nice and helpful, nobody tries harder than Julianna to find the right item to exactly fit the customer's preference. It is very rare to find this excellent service ANYWHERE these days. West Coast Shaving has a terrific selection of quality products, and they are extremely helpful if you visit their store.