This is a pure bristle brush. Most unusual. It is very firm, almost pointed, yet it is a decent brush for face lathering if you find the right technique. I find that all boar/bristle brushes take time to break in and to learn how best to use them. I find this works best with rapid to and fro movements. At £8 it's another of those brushes an enthusiast will be tempted to try out. Trouble is, if you buy too many, you could have bought a decent badger for the money you have paid out on several cheap boars. Take a good look at the TSR thread to which I provide a link below. Someone loves it!