These brushes are natural bristle and are of higher quality than the cheap hardware store brushes—they are extra thick and shed a lot less. The 1” size is a perfect fit for sample pots of paint and for those hard to reach places on your furniture. These can also be used for dark wax since a longer looser bristle helps the dark wax glide quickly across your clear wax layer. We recommend getting a few of these brushes in different sizes. Wash them in our Big Fat Lye soap and they'll get even nicer with use!