After many test lathers with my most drying soap(Williams) and many periods of neglect due to frustration, it's ready. It lathered up some MWF great and it's finally broken in and soft. Still gets its bed-head though. I thought this dense beast would never bend to my will, but now I triumphantly face lather with a great brush. The softness is especially nice since I've been experiencing some bestshave 6 brush burn. I've noticed a trend however with semogues. Their breach seems to open up inbetween passes, is it a desperate gasp from a thirsty brush? Another thing I have found is that I get better lather from MWF if I just run water over and in the brush vs. Soaking it. Has anyone else tried this? I was soaking for a few times, but kept getting lousy lather and razor burn. After that I returned to my non-soaking state and it has yielded great results!