Cons: Sheds like crazy initially, turned the first lather in it a little black from some of the dye or hair.
Worked pretty well, does stink a little. Can't complain for the price. Shedded probably 20 hairs on the first time getting it wet and lathering but seems to have stopped. Could be a little more dense but hey for a cheapo brush it will get the job done just as good as any other. The knot is a little small for my liking.
This is a small brush. Initial use: it was scritchy and it shed a lot. It stopped shedding quickly. It holds water pretty well. It is still scritchy. Density is kind of low. But, for the price, it is a useable brush. At least, as a beginning brush.
This is my only brush, so I don't have anything for comparison. It did shed quite a bit the first week, but it doesn't shed much anymore. I didn't notice any badger smell when I got it. I'd like it to be just a little stiffer, but it seems to be a good starter badger brush, especially for $13.