Well, I've had my silver tip brush for a week. I had been using a Semogue 1305 for several months trying to see if that would be an accurate testing period. Well, it looks like the boar was too rough on my face and part of the reason for me getting irritation in my shaves. So when I ordered my straight from Whipped Dog, I got a silver tip brush too. It cost me $28 and came with a soap sample. I followed the directions that came with the brush on how to get the wet badger smell out of the brush. I then took it a step further and did some test lathers on a puck of Col. Conk Bay Rum soap. The smell retreated within a day. Then I used it to lather up my newly acquired Proraso White Soap. Man, I had no problem with it whatsoever. It held the perfect amount of water and felt great when spreading the lather on my face. I got the right mixture down as far as soap and water amounts go. Now here's the part you guys will like. My dad noticed I got a new brush. He told me he had tried it out and it was a step up from his badger brush (Vulfix Burlington Pure Badger.) So now I know what to get him for his birthday and it's something he can actually use instead of just throwing in a drawer and looking at for years.