Been using a Parker silver tip badger for the past ten years. Great brush but handle was too short for my huge paws. The generously sized handle on this makes it so much easier to firmly grasp while whipping up a rich later in the bowl. The picture misrepresents the size of the brush head. The picture is how it looks out of the box; after break-in, it expands into a much larger nice dense symmetrical mushroom cap form. The bristles create and hold an abundant amount of lather. Haven't noticed any loss of bristles. Great brush IMO.