Greetings everyone. I am hoping to get some feedback from my more seniors west shavers (experientially, not age). I have been wet shaving for a few years now and will be getting a WD High Mountain Brush next weekend for a birthday gift from my wonderful wife. In the meanwhile, I still use my original brush the Tweezerman Badger, decent but doesn't make luxurious foam, and my Semogue 1305; the topic of this post. No matter whether I use a soap or a cream, I cannot seem to get a good whipped cream type lather with this brush and what lather I am able to get, seems to only last for maybe 1 pass/lathering. The 2nd one seems to pull all of the soap out of the brush and leave the bristles feeling "waxy". I have heard how boar is stiffer but this Semogue is very floppy. (The paint is chipping off the wooden handle but I attribute that to a few falls from the top of the shower.) I have heard nothing but great reviews on Semogue brushes so I am wondering if it's my hard water and/or routine, or has anyone else had issues like this?