Well that better brush was VDH's Deluxe boar brush. It has a textured cream handle as apposed to the Natural brush's slick green handle. It has only lost about 3 hairs in the first week I've used it, unlike the 2 dozen hairs that were shed by my first VDH brush. Now I did not expect much from my first brush but it worked. I didn't think their would be any difference between the natural and the deluxe but they made this one of much better quality hair, as bowl lathering takes me about half the time and more lather makes it to my facce, using this brush. This is a brush is a great improvement and is well worth the extra $2 and a little more time looking.