After receiving this knot and using it several times, I was so pleased with it that I ordered 2 more! One has been set and in use and the other is for "just in case" I add another handle. Wonderfully soft yet having that backbone of badger and boar, it retains heat well for cold morning scuttle shaves. Not break in period was needed, these knots were ready to go immediately. I could not be happier and am tempted to buy a couple more!