My favorite brush for creams and croaps.
This is a luxurious brush and for it's price range it is a steal. I'm sure that a Kent or a Simpson would be softer or work a bit better but on a quality/$ ratio I'm not sure that the incremental improvement is worth the price. Having said that I've never used a top of the line Kent or Simpson as I cannot afford it. This brush lost a bristle a day for the first 4 days and then not a one for the past 5 months. It is soft, absorbs water a soap like a dream and then releases them on my face during the lather w/o a problem. Unlike it's brother my Semogue 830 Boar brush, it drys out very quickly after a rince and a squeeze in a dry towel. fairly dry in a hour, fluffy dry in 3 hours. I use it only with croaps and creams though. I use my Semogue 830 Boar brush or my Vie-Long Horse hair brush with hard soaps as it really doesn't have the backbone to easily lather with a hard puck. You can do it but why struggle and perhaps end up prematurely destroying a brush that should last a lifetime. A badger made the "Ultimate Sacrifice" for my face. I owe it the the little critter to preserve its neck fur.
Very good brush
I'm not a pro at shaving and have not used a lot of other brushes but this brush doesn't leave much soap in the my bowl. It just contains 96% of the soap in the brush and my last brush didn't do that at all. Anyone not using a Silvertip Brush, would definitely recommend this one. Based on my reasearch it's the best bang for buck