I passed over buying a £1.50 plastic vegetable brush to get this instead as it was made with organic materials and looked pretty badass. Unfortunately when I opened it, it was cracked beneath the eye socket. I also managed to drop the brush into my sink while inspecting it and an even bigger crack appeared above its eye socket. It didn't fall from far and something that's meant to be used for polishing shoes or washing vegetables should be able to handle a bit of wear and tear otherwise what's the point! Not really sure if it can even be used as water getting into the cracks will probably make things worse and cause it to fall apart altogether! I was also disappointed to see that the nose and eye sockets weren't properly finished, and were a bit splintery at the edges. The bristles seem okay - one or two are a bit long but can easily be snipped. For anyone wondering, they do have a fairly strong aroma to them - not necessarily bad, but reminiscent of an art classroom (I guess the cheaper art brushes are hog bristle too?). Aesthetically it looks very cool. I was planning on oiling mine like you do with chopping boards and wooden spoons but there's probably no point due to the cracks. Mine also has a few blemish marks on it which makes it look like it's permanently got little spots of water on it. Might be worth it for some people who want it an an ornament but I wouldn't recommend for actual practical use. Personally I would return it as I don't think it's fit for purpose but I don't have a printer and my local post offices don't offer the label printing service so I'm stuck with it.