I ordered the Vie-Long 4212 and 04312 horse hair brushes off of Amazon for $7.14 and $9.49, respectively, along with a stand and a tub of Taylor of Old Bond Street Almond Shaving Cream. I like my Cremo-rebrand brush, but the handle is too short for my hands and I prefer to have a back-up or two. I plan to give away the Cremo once the other brushes arrive. But here's the question I have. Other than the color of the bristles (the 4212 has darker hairs), what is the real difference between the two? The handles look the same, metal and finished wood, so I'm a bit curious.