I thought I'd give one of these a spin as I was quite impressed with the Yaqi synthetic. Been using this for a week and I'm very impressed. I've only had a couple of other badgers to compare it against (Taylors of Bond St, daily driver) and another rubbish one I picked up and promptly discarded. First off its quite big but manageable, the handle has some heft, the knot has great backbone, its really dense with the tuxedo knot really performing and the bowl, face lathering and soap retention is superb. Slight badger smell dissipated after a couple of days use as expected and the hair retention is very good thus far. The sparkling handle might not be everyone's cup of tea so if you are looking for understated it might not be for you however I'd say its an excellent piece of kit for a very modest £20 delivered. Highly recommended.