I don't have a ton to compare this to as it's my first brush, but it has turned out to give old school shaving methods a go. The brush has held up well with only a few hairs coming loose on the first shave. It's held tight since with no issues. The brush builds a nice lather, holds water well, and cleans out easily. It's a nice size too. It did have a slightly badgery smell on first use, but with a quick soak in vinegar it was totally fine. A great brush for the money.