No point rehashing this here too Sam, I think we've done enough on DW. Suffice it to say, I'll reiterate what I said over there - the stock photo you've put up, may have been a pre-production sample set from when they were first manufactured, some 3 or 4 years ago. The ones I've ever had, have only ever been as they are now, so I can't vouch for whether anything has changed or not. in reference to the harsh feeling of the fibres - forgive me for presuming I think your disappointment in the 3" fabric length being less than expected, has spilled over. There is nothing harsh about them whatsoever, and many of the UK Pros (Paul Dalton included) have ever raised any concern over the material, and its effect on wheels. Certainly by all accounts, they are regarded as the best wheel brushes you can buy on performance level. I take on board the slight issue over material coverage on the 3" brush, but in the over 18 months of having used just that one sample brush sent to me, I've never found myself thinking the lack of material was an issue - you just used shorter strokes. The one aspect you're overlooking on the brush, is the material is deep pile, meaning it draws the dirt into itself, just like a good sheepwool wash mitt does, but there's no harm in rinsing the brush into a bucket more often, if it buys you peace of mind. Just try it, and don't second guess how useful it may be.