Beautiful in every respect. Dense yet soft, and the handle is simple but very well made. I give 4/5 stars because loft was asked to be 58mm, I see it in the vicinity of 55mm. Regardless, I am a user of APShave Co. brushes since the early days and can attest that quality keeps increasing steadily - which solidifies my confidence in their work. Many thanks for a great product, terrific value for $$$.