Out of the box. [vbpg]975[/vbpg] In bloom. [vbpg]976[/vbpg] Seems like I've wanted one of these for ever. Something about the shape of the handle, the bullseye on the handle end, the "look" that's what appealed to me. When Lee told me he was getting some in, I went for it. I was not disappointed. The badger was every bit as soft as my BK4 but different. It didn't flay out when whipping up a lather, it gave me the most creamy lather I've ever had. I've used it with a couple of soaps now, a triple milled and The Shave Den orange, what a lather! The lather actually came up quicker than with my Rooney. Very soft on the face but moves the lather around faultlessly. I'll give it a shot with a cream shortly but I'm sure it will be fine. I'll give it a few more days before I post a review..or maybe...I just did. I no longer have to :drool but am A side note, the Simpson Tulip 2 weighs in at 61.8g, the Rooney style 3 size 1 at 56.6g and the Kent BK4 at 54.2g.