Fonex boar brush. Been using this almost exclusively for many months now, it took a while to break in but I'm loving it.
Duke 2 face lathering Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood soap
Mick (insert witty comment here) - Shaving Soap Forum Steward
Rooney 3/1 Super + Harris lavender soap = loads of great lather.
Semogue 2011 LE Bristle 2 and SMN
RV Black Knight short loft with Irisch Moos
Arkolyte, BOTOC, SWA (Secret Weber Alliance), TOFLAC-U, 2013 Sabbatical Finisher
Brad, Steward General Shaving, Knight of the Veg Table, OGA, B.O.T.C., Old Foggies Club, Stirling Syndicate
Gillette S. Adj, Stahly Live Blade, Feather AS-D1, Eclipse RR, and Ikon S3S + others.
Duke 2 with D.R. Harris Arlington
Omega 49 w/ Arko shave stick
Simpson Berkeley 46 best & Proraso in tub (green)
Extra sebum nulla salus
Thaeter 4125/00 with LaToja Manantiales
Rudy, Central New Jersey
'If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.'
TGN SB & Proraso green cream
"How do you think the horse hair of the Vie Long compares in feel on your face to either Badger (say super) or pure Bristle"
Probably best described as the finest boar you can ever imagine, totally well-broken in. Not floppy like say a big silvertip, not scritchy at all (like some pure badger can be). I'm thinking I can call a good horsehair brush the finest all-purpose brush you can own. Vie Long products are pretty cheap here in the US also. I highly recommend their Zurito model (about $30-$35).
Duke 2 with T&H