At the risk of undermining my own deal, I have to admit that my brush developed a fault in little over a month- a 1cm crack appeared in the plastic near the bristles. I don't recall dropping it or misusing it. On the plus side, ShaveLounge sent a replacement immediately- very impressive!
Used mine last night. I liked the firmness. Usually use a kent silver tip which is a little too soft. So this was a nice change
Last night i washed it a few times with shower gel. The brush seems better now, the bristles have softened and dont seem as firm now. I reckon it will produce much better lather on my next shave.
Received mine yesterday, used the method on this video to speed up the break in period, worth trying. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=breaking+i+shaving+brush&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-ab&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ApWSWY-6DKvS8AfKqYa4Aw#gfe_rd=cr&kpvalbx=1
Had this brush delivered and used it for the first time today..... Not too sure about it, it seems too firm for my liking. Never bothered washing it first as its supposed to be sterilized and it definitely had no funk smell to it, it even made me wonder if its synthetic. Didn't lather up well using my usual shave soap, nowhere near as good as my badger hair brush, it wasn't even as good as my cheapo Wilkinson Sword brush that i've had for years. I'm hoping it just needs breaking in a bit and will get better. One good point, it didn't lose even a single bristle, which is pretty good for a new brush.