I have six badger brushes in my rotation (I tend to favor my Rooney 3/1 and my Shavemac 31 in silvertip and big old floppy jumbo EJ for creams) but I have decided to make July Boar brush month and have been using only a newly acquired Omega Professional Boar Brush ($9 from West Coast Shaving) and I am really enjoying it. I have been using it with creams - Proraso green, TOBS lavander, Musgo, as well as soaps - MWF and Provance Sante and I am getting better with each shave at making a nice rich foam. Initially the set up is a bit different - the brush does not hold water as well as a badger brush but once the whippin' begins, it works great. I especially enjoy the big handle. It seems that the bristles are softening a bit as well.