Just finished up this replica of a Civil War era shaving brush. I turned the handle from cherry salvaged from a dead tree that a friend of mine cut down in his yard, the wrapping is natural hemp cord, and the knot is a 19mm horse hair knot from Virginia Sheng. I had my first shave with it this morning, which was also my first time ever using a horse hair brush. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the horse hair is much softer than any of the badger brushes that I own. No scritch whatsoever. I'm thinking that this will be my new go-to shaving brush!