It's rare that I post these days, but really felt like it would be good to express my satisfaction with the BK4. It is just so user friendly and produces such a fine lather. I bought one about a year ago as a travel brush with a handful of Simpsons that I was into. As I slowly kept narrowing down on brushes, I've at this point ended up with just the BK4... even recently parting with my superb CH2 Super. When I first got the kent I really didn't like it. I thought it was too loose, soft, and silky. However, as I continued to use it, I've become more and more attached to it. IMO, there really isn't anything out there that will peform better with creams and soaps equally. I've even grown to love the feel of it as I moved away from the dense brushes which are also great. It is true and should be said that I've slowly become less and less a shave fanatic as the years have gone by, but still use a brush because it just works better and is pleasurable. I'm not saying I'll never buy a Plisson or something like that again if I have some extra money around, but I am saying that I really have enjoyed using this brush daily and can't really see needing anything else from a practical high performance standpoint. I use this brush, one razor, shave cream and moisturizer and that's pretty much it. I don't have any spare stuff around and have never enjoyed my shaves more. For the cost and quality, the BK4 is just impossible to beat and after experimenting with lots of different size brushes, I have found this brush to be about the ideal size for my style of shaving. If I bought anything else, I'd probably like a T2 or Plisson HMW 10 or 12, but I'm pretty certain that after my using enough top shelf brushes that neither of these would do necessarily a better job. If I wore this one out, I wouldn't hesitate in buying another one.