my order from wcs and stirling arrived. In a previous thread i posted that i ordered some stirling barbershop and executive man Shave soaps along with the boar brush. Well i got to use the brush and executive man tonight. Here's my experience. The brush....i made some lather with the executive man to play with the brush and try the lather. The brush is stiff, which is nice on my face, nice backbone, no animal smell that i could detect. The boar lost several hairs but in no way did it compromise the brush whatsoever. I let the boar hang for a couple hours and went back to try more lather, ( and frankly just to smell it again). My first lather wasnt so good because imo i didnt have the water right. Lather.. I watched a couple YouTube videos about lathering stirling as i have never had it before. So, feeling inspired, i went back to do it again. This was much more successful than my first attempt. And it whipped up much faster. That lather was so beautiful I couldn't wait to shave today. Very nice stuff! Using the boar, and a quality soap like stirling truly made this shave very pleasurable. The brush really really holds the lather very great. Its so much better than the previous products i was using(synthetic brush from a starter kit). I know the boar will break in and soften over time, but if it takes awhile, thats fine with me. I really like it. My technique still needs work on the shave. My neck area on one side has been taking a beating with blood spots. I did also receive sample blades and next shave I'll try a different blade. Also I'll be researching my next DE razor. Well, I've already decided on the Merkur 34c. That'll be ordered in a few weeks. Oh, i almost forgot, i tried the clubman special reserve just to see how it is. I like it but my wife said it smells like a grandpa. Lol. Whatever right. That concludes tonights shave experience with some better products. I think i need more boars.