Ok, maybe that claim I made was maybe too much now. I have yet to try method shaving as I'm waiting for wet paste and finishing balm in the mail. I did try the brush with dry pastes. This brush is closest thing to perfection making lather. I made regular lather with TH cream, and holy crap! This makes lather explode. Literally. The description of this brush as: purpose built brush. It kind feels like the brush is covering your whole face)its hugs and dense), but it has a luxurious feel. I didn't feel bristles poking my skin, I felt lather only. Almost numbing, it quickly puts on thick, very well mixed lather. The bristles seen very moppy, but have strong back bone. No prickly feel. I can't say enough, this are F-22 of shaving brushes. Also, the water retention is the best of any brush I used or seen since the breech is very very dense.