Not scratchy with enough strength to make a nice lather. I like it better than a pure badger brush I've had for a few years.
Best brushes money can buy
I bought this brush to include with a gift package that was auctioned at my family reunion along with a bowl and artisan soap. The package was the highest-bidded item and was a big hit with the winning bidder. A very classy looking brush and outstanding quality.
Very soft synthetic hair. I would recommend a 26mm knot at least