I had my first shaving using a Franks Shaving silvertip badger yesterday and I was mightily disappointed. Before that I was using the BodyShop synthetic brush and every time the synthetic went into the soap (Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood) I got a luscious thick lather - I was an instant soap and brush convert. Yesterday after several soaks in hot water I tried the Franks Silvertip and got *nuthin'*. It was the weakest, wateriest gutless lather and I spent nearly twice as long working at getting something that wasn't even close to being as good as I got with a synthetic. I am very glad this wasn't my first brush experience because I would have to say I would be pretty turned off brushes and soap. So do I persist with this brush? Do they take a while to season? Not sure if the Franks are considered good or poor (the reviews generally seem favourable) but my first experience with that was a huge let down compared to the synthetic. I could see people getting disheartened quite easily if that was the average experience with a Franks Silvertip brush.