Up to this point have only used an Art of Shaving Pure Badger brush and then upgraded to a Whipped Dog Silvertip. Made the decision to try out a synthetic in hopes of a good experience as I look forward to expanding a brush collection with the relatively inexpensive cost related to many of these synthetic brushes. Purchased the brush below for $16 after shipping. Using Stirling Gentlemen I experienced my first shave with a synthetic over the weekend.......I was actually VERY surprised at how soft the brush felt on my face. I really didnt expect to notice such a difference between the brushes I had previously used. I'd say I struggled a little at first with the lather, maybe used too much water?!? But ultimately got a good slick lather going and really enjoyed the shave with this brush. I believe I'll look at more synthetics for the fun of it and hope to perfect the lather process with this vs the badger brushes.