The brush was in the mail box when I got up tonight. My first impressions of the brush are that it's beautifully constructed. The head of the brush was very full and plush, it felt great on my hand when I tested it. The handle seemed quite easy to grip from many angels. I let the brush soak in warm water for 15min then washed it with shampoo, and conditioner. This is my first horse hair brush, and am impressed with how soft, yet firm the brush is right out of the box. There was not a strong sent to the hair, however after letting it soak the bathroom smelled very much like horse. I will get my first shave with it tomorrow and update this. Thank you again to BullGoose, so far it looks and feels like a great brush. You have earned yourself a new customer.