It will soften up a bit with about 30+ uses. You can do some palm lathers to expedite it. As the tips hook it will def help. I primarily use stiff/scrubby brushes. Here are my current 3 favorites. Soon enough I want to try the zenith manchurian and the semogue torga c5 finest.I just went and brushed it with the top of my hand and drew it across my face, and it did not seem as scritchy as the first use, so I am anxious to see how it feels with tomorrows shave. This may be my first badger that actually requires some breaking in.
If you want another similar type of brush, I would consider a do1 from shavemac.