I have had mine about 6 weeks and have lathered it every other day. Mostly it was only a hand lather but I made an effort to break it in and was richly rewarded. It is the only brush I now use in my rotation with the hard English soaps like Trumpeters Rose. Soft tips, great backbone, and a lathering machine. Marco's suggestions were the solution to problems I was having with some of the triple milled soaps. Thanks Marco. Hang in there nrv216 it is a great brush it just needs a little more work than most.
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