When I begun with wet shaving around end of 2012 I bought a cheap badger brush. It was so bad that the synthetic brushes (Mühle, Yaqi) I bought after felt like a huge upgrade. Still the idea of using something that is probably letting out micro plastic particles into the environment did not appeal to me so recently I decided to get a new brush with real hair: the Omega Boar! First I put it to soak, then to wash it I decided do some palm lathering. There I noticed to my disappointment it shed quite a bit of hair. I rinsed it properly and lathered up in my cup. From here on it impressed me. The lathering performance is on a completely different level than the few brushes I have used so far. With my synthetic brushes I had to work a lot more in order to get a dense lather. This one just created it without any effort. Also when lathering the face, it got really easily a great protecting layer of lather. With the synthetic I had to put a lot of more effort also for this part of the process. So it is a great brush for lathering but the hair shedding worries me a bit.