Well I needed a nice travel brush and decided on this little fellow a few days befor going away. I went for the white handle but it's also avalible in black. It broke in, in a few days and can deal with either shave stick soap or creams. I found that a good soak would give me enough lather for two good passes with a little left over for touch ups. For the money, under £8 with P+P, it's a great little brush. Pure boar and has the Omega quality that us boar men like. All I can say is if your going away then get this little guy as it does what it says on the travel tin or tube.