Well I used my new to me silver tip today it's a whipped dog knot and handle. I had thought boar was the way to go but this thing is dense has great backbone, and soft. Oh, and it Lathers up a storm. I finally understand the Badger lure now. How does this knot compare to others. I did 1st pass with DR Harris Lavender and 2nd and third with Bigelow. My only other badger was a VDH pure I'm Sold!!!