more seasoned gents than i will chime in but i adore my shavemac finest, i believe it set me back a simple 60 something dollars. worth every penny in heat/water retention and softness. you can also find a fairly new thread here about shavemac's finest grade brushes. that said $100 is a lot, almost anything you purchase in that range will be an amazing brush. the saville rows on sale at QED are also a highly highly recommended buy of late
Jerry: Why are you buttering your face?
Kramer: I'm shaving with it.
Jerry: Oh Moses smell the roses.
Kramer: Jerry, it's vastly superior to any commercial shaving cream. Now feel my face.