I bought a pure bristle travel brush a few weeks ago as my first; good shave with it, but I'm looking to upgrade for home use now. I'm looking at a couple of options. My concern is how the badger hair is sourced. Don't get me wrong, I'm not all Disneyfied about a poor badger being killed sort of a thing - as long as it's an animal that is not endangered, and killed humanely. It seems that there's a doubt here. Most badger hair for shaving brushes is produced in China, and there are horror stories about animals being skinned alive and so on. I've looked at Penhaligon's badger brush: http://www.penhaligons.co.uk/shop/grooming-shaving/shaving/nickel-shaving-brush-496866.html Penhaligons have this to say in their FAQ: "Do you use badger hair in our shaving brushes? Yes we do as this is by far the most superior fibre for applying shaving lubricants. However, as a part of gaining our warrant status we have proven to the Royal Warrant Holders Association (who re-issued our warrant in 2006), that our shaving brush supplier only purchases from ethical badger farms in a part of the world where badgers are not endangered and are in fact primarily farmed for their meat." This would be ideal... unfortunately their brushes are laso fifty quid (about a hundred bucks!) - clearly because they come with a nickle silver handle. I've looked at the option of a synthetic brush - Men-U do one which is around the same price as the average badger brush. Problem seems to be that all the synthetic brushes I can find are made with very cheap looking plastic handles.... so I'm in a bit of a quandry, really.... Ethical considerations aside, I really like the look of the onyx-handled badger brush that the Shaving Shack www.shaving-shack.com have for GBP24.99: I like the idea of something with a good, weighty handle.