I just received my no. 6 horse hair brushes from bestshave.net. They seem decent so far, though I have not shaved yet. The finish isn't great but it is pretty consistent between the two brushes I ordered; the knot is thick, full, and consistent between the two.
I couldn't smell anything but I decided to give it a wash anyways.I washed one to ready it for shaving...after letting it dry a bit I came back to it an wow, talk about STANK! I may have to hold my breath for the first few shaves because it is not a pleasant smell.
I'll search around the forum today, but does anyone have any tips for getting rid of this smell? I did not notice such a strong odor with either my badger or boar brush.