I'm in the market for a synthetic brush to replace/supplement my natural fibre (1x badger and 1x horse) specimens. I'm looking at The Stray Whisker's 452 brushes, probably the 28mm (http://thestraywhisker.com.au/the-stray-whisker-452-synthetic-brush-28mm/) - the website reviews are positive, am I right to assume that anybody here who has used one agrees they are pretty good? I bowl lather so my needs, in descending order, are: 1. Surface area for loading the soap, 2. Decent backbone but with enough flexibility to allow whipping of lather in the scuttle, 3. A long enough handle to keep the brush tips in contact with the scuttle while my fingers are not. The description on The Stray Whisker website makes it seem like the 452 ticks all the boxes? When I next have some spare play money I want to look into the TF custom brushes but, for now, the 452 is about as much as I want to spend (leaves more room for soap and aftershave acquisitions ).