So far I've only used a Semogue Owners Club Boar Bristle Shaving Brush, Ash Wood. I've only been shaving less than a week and a half. The first couple days I used it I was beginning to think I may have made a mistake because I was having trouble making a decent lather. That has since changed. I now feel like if it was the only brush I ever owned I would be satisfied. Matter of fact having read about how scritchy boar brushes "are" I have been pleasantly surprised as since day one I've wondered what people are talking about and have had difficulty imagining a less scritchy brush. Obviously, I don't have any other reference - however at least when it comes to some things I'd like to think I'm not difficult to please. Since purchasing this brush I've also purchased one of the Stirling synthetic brushes which I've not tried yet. I've not tried the Stirling because I am sticking to the same everything for 4 weeks. So I've been looking for a Silvertip Badger, because of how great I keep reading good ones are. However, in the back of my mind, I keep thinking why should I bother if I feel like I could be happy the Semogue Owners Club Boar Bristle Shaving Brush, Ash Wood. I'm a person regardless of how much money I have who is always looking out to save money. So my question is should I even be bothered trying a silvertip instead of something like a 2 band, finest, pure or another badger because I do want at least one badger brush? Do you all have any recommendations? I'd really like to find a vintage brush or handle I could purchase a knot for. I also plan as soon as time and life permit to begin looking at local antique shops for brushes and such that I can use or trade.