If your looking for a brush with some back bone and mainly use soaps I would suggest a Saville Row at qedusa.com or a Shavemac at westcoastshaving.com in pure badger. Its all personal preference, but I believe a quality badger brush is the way to go if your committed to DE shaving. If you going to purchase a blade sampler pack at the same time then I would lean towards West Coast Shaving.
Don't forget the importance of knot size. My pure brush is a 24mm, but my new Shavemac in silvertip is 26mm and they both feel right in my hand. I have never put a gauge on a VDH brush but I would guess they come in around 18 to 20mm. I am told, by folks who's opinion I respect, that the most poplar knot size is a 24mm and I have found that 23 to 28mm is the range I like in brushes. .
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