I started with a Vulfix $34.99 badger model from classic. I used it about 400 times and decided it was a little floppy and showing some wear. So, I decided to splurge and bought a B&B ebony '06. It ended up being too soft for me, and too big. It just didn't scrub my face the way I like. meanwhile, about 350 shaves into my vulfix, I had bought a bodyshop synthetic just on a whim. I threw it into my shaving supply box and kinda forgot about it. It felt weird, and I didn't even get a hankering to try it. fast forward to this month, and the body shop synthetic is my favorite by far. It's soft and STIFF as could be. It's also nice and lightweight. It even looks cool. $10? yes, please.