Thought I'd give an update on this. I ended up PIF'ing the brush to a friend at work that I got interested in wet shaving about two weeks after receiving it. He has been using it to face lather ever since and loves the brush. Here is the setup that I gave him as a starter kit.
My Chief made it to me last night. Thanks Ken for all the extra hand holding, follow ups and communication. It truly is a beautiful brush, but I won't get a chance to try it out until Fri or Sat :sad: with Pics to follow soon after.