I have over a period of years accumulated about 20 brushes including various boar, synthetic, and badger brushes from companies including Simpson, Semogue, Shavemac, Plisson, and Omega. This brush is one of my overall favorites. It is a compact dense brush that loads easily even when using hard triple milled soaps. The tips are fairly soft yet the shorter loft and density of the hair gives it a nice amount of back bone. At the same time the brush releases the soap easily and I do not find it a "lather hog." Many describe the Simpson Classic brushes as small Chubby's with the Classic 1 being equivalent to a "Chubby 0" and the Classic 2 being a "Chubby 0.5" and I would say that description is fairly accurate. This brush is my first choice for face lathering hard soaps...I enjoy it immensely and I believe it is a great value...near identical performance as a Chubby 1 in best at a lower price point. The hair is denser than a Duke so it feels firmer on the face with a denser massage sensation. While many enjoy the Berkeley I have owned both...I still own the Classic 2 and no longer own the Berkeley. Bottom line is that all of these Simpson brushes are quite nice and I have enjoyed all of them but for me the Classic 2 is the perfect size/density/backbone for face lathering hard soaps and it is priced nicely for the high quality of the brush.