I bought this brush based on recommendations from The Shave Den Forum, This brush has outperformed every other brush I've owned. It retains water like a badger brush, looks like a silvertip badger brush, (it's a little bit lighter in color)it's softer than a silvertip. Has more backbone than a silvertip. lathers quicker, with less soap. In fact it's one and only failing when compared to a badger brush is that it does not retain heat as well.
The shape of the knot (brush bristles) is unusual compared to other brushes. It is rounded on the sides like a typical bulb shaped knot, but there the resemblance stops because the top of the brush is almost flat. This makes for great contact with the face and I'm surprised brush manufactures haven't made this style of knot before. The handle is clear except for the top fourth of the handle where you can see that the glue from the knot setting process was painted silver. (***EDIT: What I thought was silver paint appears to be, on closer inspection, an actual metal ring, most likely aluminum.***)The acrylic handle was then poured around the knot. Looking down the bottom of the handle you can see the bottom of the bristles. It's like you can see the skeleton of the brush. This brush is big, really big. for this reason I can see this brush being popular with the ladies or any other leg shavers as well.
There are no other brushes in this or any other price range that I will recommend to new or experienced wet shavers. This brush has it all, The stiffness of a boar brush with all the softness of the very finest silvertip badger brushes.
I received a personalized, hand signed letter with this brush. How many other companies do you know of that still offer the extra personalized touch to show they care? I wanted to know why they only offered the black handled brush and not the clear one that was on their website. They responded (through another Shave Den member) that they didn't think there was a demand for the clear handle. Less than a month later they put the clear handled brush up on Amazon. They are in Florida, I'm in Oregon and they shipped it out to me in less than a week. Ordered on Tuesday, received on Friday. I was and am blown away by the level of customer service this company has shown. I felt the least I could do was leave a review for both this amazing brush and this amazing company.