Switched from boar to this badger brush, and wow! What a difference! The brush lathered my shave soaps/creams much faster than the boar brush, feels MUCH better on my face (so much softer) and I was able to use less soap/cream. Definitely worth the money! The handle is actually beefier than it looks on the picture which makes it nice to hold with wet hands and I was impressed there were no molding lines running anywhere on the brush handle - it's completely smooth. Very good finish. The stand looks like some of the acrylic ones I've seen selling for $6. Overall, a great value and would recommend it to anyone!