Excited to snag one of these near-cult-status brushes for $30 I was really looking forward to trying it out. Used it twice now and here is a very short recap of my initial impressions. TLDR summary: Fantastic knot. Really dislike the handle. Looks The brush looks really good and the synthetic knot is so soft it's feels like there is no resistance when gliding your hand through it. The dark handle w/ silver logo is also visually very appealing. In short - it's a pretty brush. And 'short' may be the key word here. It's a very short handle. See comparison in size with the SOC boar: Looks rating: 8/10 Performance The knot does not have a lot of backbone to it but as others have mentioned you do have to apply a bit of pressure to have it splay. I used it for face lathering one day and used my scuttle the next day. To me it performed much better as a bowl lathering brush as the lack of backbone did make it feel a bit 'sloppy' when working up the lather on my face. Using it in my scuttle did however produce a very nice, slick lather. I noticed I had to add a LOT more water than I usually do but I assume that's because of the synthetic brush not really retaining as much water. Once I figured out that the lather built quickly. Once there is some lather the feeling of the brush against the face is spectacular. Extremely soft and 'luxurious' in lack of better words. Performance rating: Face lathering (5/10), Bowl lathering (7/10) (Feeling against the face: 9.5/10) So...so far everything has been rather positive but unfortunately it will have to end on a bit of a 'negative note' - the handle. Handle Sigh. I know everything is super subjective but I can only speak for myself. This is in almost all regards (apart from looks) a truly terrible handle. Feel: It is way too slick to hold. It's very plastic/slippery. Size: Much too small. Shape: Probably the biggest issue for me - it feels just wrong in my hand. Uncomfortable and awkward. Some photos to try to illustrate my point: (First refer back to the second photo above where it shows the difference in design between the Plisson and the SOC) I love the SOC handle. It fits perfectly in my hand and it really seems, to me, that the shape of the handle was designed with a lot of insight into what works. As you can see in the photo below my thumb comes up right under the edge and rests comfortable on the smooth handle. In comparison, when using the smaller Plisson brush there is a, to me, very odd design choice in having a edge right where my thumb is forced to be when holding it. It's awkward, it's uncomfortable and quite possibly may be a reason for me to not use the brush very often which is a real shame as that knot is just heavenly against your face. Handle rating: 2/10 As always - highly YMMV but at least my first impressions on this brush.