I have tried a couple badger brushes and find them too wimpy. I keep coming back to boar. This boar is darn near a badger in terms of softness, but retains some of the firmness that boars are known for without any scratchiness whatsoever. The only issue I have with it is that it is too short. I prefer my old Burma Shave boar since it has longer bristles and handle. But this brush is a great cream brush, and works well on soaps too. It's is very comfortable to use. If you want what is probably the best and softest boar out there, this is your brush. And at $17 from Lees (where I stole the picture from), it's truly a bargain.