Really happy with this brush. Releases liquid much more evenly than my expensive synthetic brush (Escoda Versatil). I can get great width variation on this brush while still having really even ink dispersal. If I had to use just one brush for watercolor/ink painting, this would be well-rounded enough to handle it.
In comparison, I have a cheap calligraphy brush from Yasutomo ("cheap" as in $5, so not actually that much cheaper) that is so dang thirsty that I can't lay down intense colors because it won't let go the water. Also, the Yasutomo brush is really soft and always splits (not necessarily a bad thing, but that makes it far less versatile), while this brush holds a point just fine.
I bought this brush years ago and always liked it and amazed at its low price. I just bought another one recently and it was as good. This brush has an amazing tip and makes it easy to make elegant beginnings and endings of each stroke or connections between strokes.
The thicker core of this combination brush REALLY helps! This is an astounding brush, very high quality, one to buy three or more of.... awesome brush, great, full shapes, fine lines, everything in between...this is a masterful tool I am proud to own.