I bought this Delong Badger brush on Ebay a year ago for $25.00 shiped to the house, The only other brushes I have is a Tweezerman Badger witch is a bit stiffer and smaller. The other is a Badger brush I got from Matt Thomas over at the SRP site. I have no other highend brushes to compair it to other than the brsh I got from Matt. Anyways here it go's, The DeLong Badger brush I have is what you might call a little floppy and not extremly dence. It only shed a few hairs when I first got and used it. It does not seem to shed any at all after the first half dozen uses. I've been useing it for about a year now. I use a bowl to make lather with soaps and creams mixed. I guess it would make a good cream brush from what I read about brushes on the sites. It works fine for me with eather soap or cream mixed or not. I liked it so much I ended up buying anouther to leave at work to use. I would say that this brush is a great value for someone starting out wet shaving on a buget. I'm sure it's not like a Simson, or the Rooney Emillion I plan to get, but for what it is, I think it is a great value.