I have to many Simpson brush. But this one stand out. It can do and be compare to most of the other models. Its size makes it the perfect traditional multi task brush. The hairs are densely pack and keep a nice bulb shape. It's a wonderful face latherer, good at bowl lathering, small enough to soap in any size bowl, big enough to load enough soap for multi passes... I think it's really one of the best bang for buck, and one I would recommend for first time or one brush user. Comparing; It's a little taller than my DUKE D2, but more densely hair pack(brushes can vary), and the handle have a nice grip that perform well for face lathering or switching hand positions. It's a little bigger than my 56, but still capable of precision task. It's a little smaller than my 57 (the most luxurious feel) or the D3, but still able to lather hard soap and bowl lathering. It's shorter than the Colonel X2L, that is more floppy and less densely hair pack and thus better suited for cream and soft soap. So there you have it, my recommendation as a gift for a good friend.