This brush is awesome as an intro into Badger brushes. It is a little prickly on the face, but that will decrease as it breaks in I'm sure. For the price, makes a great first Badger or travel brush. I have read from other reviewers that the brush smelled bad when new. If you are new to Badger brushes, this is the curing compound that is used to preserve the Badger hair, and comes out in a day or so. I was sure to was the brush thoroughly, followed by lathering and letting that sit overnight. The next morning there was no smell at all. Great value.