I first saw this brush at the Old Town Pasadena meet up a couple of weeks ago and couldn't get it out of my mind. I was impressed by the back bone that it had,considering that it was a synthetic. It was so soft that I ended up asking Douglas himself if it indeed was synthetic. It's big and has considerable weight to it, and I love the way it fits in my hand. Performance is great, everything i expected and more. To date I have only used it with only my PAA and Crown King soap collection ( which is formidable) during testing, yet this morning I used it in the shower during my shave and was blown away with the shear amount of soap/lather it holds. My third pass was just and thick and slick as my first. Then there is the price. You're going to have to pay more to get this level of preformance and quality from other Synthetic.