I don’t doubt that one bit. My first was a “pure badger” as that sounded like quality to me and I didn’t know anything about the grades at the time. Still have it and it is soft as a puff as it was a daily driver for many years. But I admittedly expected this from the black badger. I bought it to play around with bleaching tips specifically and cheaply. I put it in this handle mainly because I’m pretty much out of knotsMy only brush for about a decade was a black badger. It broke in after some use and was a pretty decent brush. I have several brushes now so I don't really use it anymore but there's really nothing wrong with it. It may be worth trying a longer trial period with yours.