I took the challenge of finding a brush under $20 that I really liked. I got the VDH brush and worked OK but the bristles where all twirly and twisted? So I got this http://cgi.ebay.com/Omega-SHAVE-BRU...5|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:50 which is $13 shipped(the red one's are cheaper on the bay b/c they are overstocked). I got the brush and it looked nice, felt ok, and so on. I did my regular shampoo and conditioner treatment to it and started using it. Primarily for face lathering. I would like to add that I have ALWAYS been a die hard bowl latherer also. This brush.....I am sad or I guess happy to say is one of my 3 top goto brushes now. It holds the soap well, feels great on my face, and does a fantastic job. There were a few shedders in the beginning but not any more. It actually improves greatly with use. I didnt give my VDH brush the same chance. The handle feels nice and the brush actually looks nice on the counter. I have actually converted to predominately face lathering b/c of this brush. It does lather in the bowl just fine also. The only negative I would say that its not a good dryer. I have to rub it against my towel after the shave and usually later in the day. Small inconvenience for such a fantastic brush! I love my soft silver tips and badger brushes of course but this brush really should be part of your arsenal especially at the dirt cheap price of $13. There are better boar brushes and much higher prices but honestly cant imagine how they could perform much better than this brush. Kudos to Omega on such a fine and economical brush!