I was lucky enough to come across this beauty out in the wild. The seller was not knowledgeable regarding shaving stuff, but assumed that anything made of Bakelite is "collectible" and therefore commands a premium price. her asking price was pretty painful, but a little discussion, a little back and forth and soon it was mine, albeit at a little more of a premium than the usual find in the wild. Still, I had never come across this particular brush, and this one is in really nice condition. Plus, I am a sucker for barber style handles and butterscotch Catalin, so it was a pretty easy sell. The original boar knot was also in good shape; I tried it a few times but it wasn't to my liking. Nothing like my Omegas, in terms of performance. So out it went, replaced by this 22mm VS silvertip set at 50mm loft. Proof positive of the value of restoring: for me, there's nothing remotely this cool available in the new brush market, at any price.