I bought two. The knot is smaller than I expected it to be, but very good. I expect them to "bloom" more as they break in and the hairs split. My first brush 11 months ago was an Omega 49. Very large knot with an equally large handle. It has slipped out of my hand and across the bathroom more than once. It is well broken in and comfortable. I have a few synthetic brushes, but I really like the boar hair. Why did I purchase the smaller ones? They were on sale for $5, and the colors looked cool. However, the real reason is because I used B&M Nocturne for the first time with the 49, quite a dark musty yeasty smoky scent with just a very faint hint of apple. Boys, that Nocturne done skunked my beloved 49. The next day I used it for Tabac, and gosh darn that Nocturne polluted my Sacred Tabac experience. When I saw the the Omegas on sale I bought two, one will be dedicated to the "stronger" scents like Nocturne. The story has a second happy ending: after a bath and scrubbing in water, white vinegar, and Borax my beloved 49 has been sufficiently cleansed of the dark BM funk.