First off I would like to thank Phil from Bullgoose Shaving Supplies for making this brush available in the Interdependence Day Contest.
Having used this brush almost exclusively for the last two weeks, I feel that I can give an honest evaluation.
Look and Feel
Being my first butterscotch brush, I did not realize how "orange" they where. When I first opened the package I was a little set back by it as it reminded me (and still does) of a pumpkin.
Within a matter of days having it and looking at other butterscotch brushes, I fell in love with the color. I now find it to be as beautiful as my Vintage Stanley Home (StanHome) Badger Hair in Lucite with a black cap.
Where this brush excels over any brush that I own is in the beehive shape. The deep ridges in the brush offers superior holding even with the slickest lather on it. The round shape feels very comfortable and natural in your hands.
Hair and Break-In
This is my second horse hair, my first being the Vie-Long Sardinero 13800 Horse Hair. The Sardinero, while being a beautiful looking brush was an extreme disappoint. The brush lost all backbone and looks jagged and hollow after break in. My wife will likes it, as she tends to paint the lather on her legs, so at least it is being used.
The LE Butterscotch Beehive Horse Hair on the other hand has broken in fantastically. The hair is softer than I had expected. I have read many reports that natural horse hair was more stritchy than dyed horse hair, but in this case, that is not the truth. This is much softer than the Sardinero and even softer than any budget badger hair brush that I own.
The backbone remains very strong, while the tips are nice and soft.
Lathering and Performance
Although I bowl lather 90% of the time, I have found that this brush is a joy to use for both bowl and face lathering. Not only does it produce an enormous amount of lather, it holds enough water within the hair that very little, if any additional water needs to be added after loading the brush.
When bowl lathering I see immediate results, compared to other brushes that seem to first put a lot of air bubbles into the lather.
While face lathering, the hairs are soft enough to not irritate your skin, while there is enough backbone to really put on the pressure and exfoliate your skin.
I love this brush. It is now my daily go to brush. I would highly recommend this to anyone that would like to try a horse hair.
Mountains of lather, soft hair, and good back bone...there is not much more that one could want from a brush.