Not sure how Omega finds the softest Silvertip badger hair for these shaving brushes, but they did it! To tell you this is a soft brush is nearly an understatement. You really just have to buy one and see for yourself. In our opinion here at West Coast Shaving, this grade of hair for this particular brand is perfectly suited for a cream. It does not have as much backbone to it for picking up as much soap. But, there are those who would use it for a soap as well--so we don't want to draw a hard line here, just a soft one!