I have often read how Vie Long horse hair shaving brushes are halfway between a badger and a boar brush. The knot is supposed to have the backbone of a boar and the soft tips of a quality badger brush. That sounds like an ideal combination, so I surfed on over to Gifts & Care. They have an Epsilon line of brushes available, of which I had never heard before. The brushes have 27 mm diameter knots, which have 50-55 mm lofts depending on the model. I selected the Epsilon White Horse Hair Ivory Shaving Brush (Model GC13900/3), and measured the loft at 50 mm. I am pretty sure it is 50/50 mane/tail. The chubby knot is bulb-shaped, although some other Epsilon brushes have fan-shaped knots. Not only does this all white brush look really nice, all the other Epsilon horse brushes were sold out when I made the purchase. With shipping, the cost came to just a hair over $40. Holy cow Batman, what a great brush! The knot is very densely packed, much more so than my Dovo badger or Omega boar brushes. I took the brush out of its box and brushed it against my face to see if horse brushes really are "cloud soft" as others have claimed. It was like whacking my face with a porcupine or a cactus. Dang, that wasn't a good sign - or so I thought. I held the brush under the faucet and immediately noticed two things - the brush holds a ton of water and the knot tips immediately became cloud soft. Once thus transformed, the hair tips retained their softness thereafter. This holds true even when the knot dries out again. The backbone isn't quite as much as boar, and the tips are not quite as soft as silvertip badger. Even so, the brush still has lots of backbone and is easily as soft as the better grades of badger. It is an excellent combination at a reasonable price. Here is the box in which the brush arrived, and the brush after it had been used a few times: Here is a view of brush top and the brush after is is lathered with The Soap Opera Himalaya shaving soap: This brush is a lathering machine and makes short work of soaps. I tried face lathering with Kiss My Face shaving cream, and the brush lathered the daylights out of the cream. Wow, this is good! The super soft knot and abundant backbone make face lathering a dream. The brush seems to lather soaps best with lots of water, and face lathers best with a little less water. This is the best shaving brush I have ever used, and has now become the one I use daily. All the great things that are said about horse brushes turned out to be true. Here is the link: http://www.giftsandcare.com/en/155-epsilon-shaving-brushes The Epsilon series might be a special for Gifts & Care, as I don't see these brushes on the Vie Long website.