I have been wanting a good travel brush for some time - but simply refused to even consider paying their going price - as it would only be used for travel, and I do not travel much. When the ashford sale rolled around, I couldn't help myself, as it was such a screaming deal..... Box... Back of box... Open Box... Unwrapped from Tissue... Out of box... In Hand... "Open" Bottom so as to allow the brush to dry... Back of "tube"... Twisting Knob.... Twisting Knob Close-Up... As you twist the knob, the brush begins to protrude from the bottom of the tube... Brush out of Tube... Assembled Brush... "brush" portion next to several brushes (brush un-used and un-bloomed) Unbloomed brush assembled, next to Polo12 for size comparo... Re-assembling the brush - putting the knob into the bottom of the tube... Into the tube she goes... Back into travel mode... Assembled Brush/tube next to a few brushes for size comparo... Now before I go any further and show you this thing in action, let me say, I was stunned at how incredibly well this thing was built... I mean this thing is REALLY solid. It would take an incredibly absurd chain of events to break this sucker. The threads on the screw portion are incredibly thick, and the brush is surprisingly handsome, and feels SUPERB in hand. Truly a magnificent, and luxurious little device. Without further adue, here is this bugger in action with some T&H 1805 (I thought it would be befitting to break it in with another T&H product, that also comes in an ebony container) Ready to go to work... Taking its maiden bath... Cream is open..... time to get down to business... Givin' it a little shake... Dippin' time... Loaded with cream and itching to play... 10 swirls, and I am shocked at how well this thing is performing... After only 15 swirls, it looks ready to go, this thing lathers SO damn fast because of the incredibly long handle, coupled with the incredibly long/soft bristles... Overhead shot... Now.... hold on to your butts.... this is my hand lathered AFTER 6 (SIX) PASSES!! Brush in bloom... Brush in bloom (from the side)... Bloomed brush size comparo.... Bloomed brush next to Simpsons PJ2... Let me just say.... thus far, this little travel brush is my FAVORITE brush out of the lineup I posses. It feels INCREDIBLE on your face, seems to hold a simply ludicrous amount of lather in the little bugger, works wonders, has a REALLY effective handle, builds enough lather for 6 passes faster than a top fuel dragster does the 1/4 mile, looks wonderful, has superb build quality, with a few hard shakes is almost immediatly dry (the long handle gives incredible leverage to give the thing a few good shakes, and coupled with the somewhat "loose" packed knot and the long bristles, the water runs away from the brush immediatly when you give it a few solid shakes) and its incredibly convienient and practical in its liberal use of shaving cream, and its ability to travel. I give this sucker a whopping 10 out of 10. I just hope to hell it starts acting up on me, or else my other brushes are going to be outta a job... this thing very well stands a chance of being my SOLE daily shaving brush. Enjoy!