I received the all hog bristle paint brushes undamaged in a shrink wrapped box. Upon first glance, this looks like a good set. I have been using many different types of generic paint brushes for oil paints, but not ones specifically made for oil paints. I’ve been waiting to get some brushes specific to oil painting to use my special Gamblin Oil Paint set. Oil painting requires course bristles so any brushes made for acrylic or even any hardware brushes would work. These brushes are definitely coarse with nice long handles which is really nice for painting with oil from afar and. I think they'll work well for some projects I have in mind, however I am a little concern about the material that is used to stiffen the brushes. Brushes usually have some agent that is added to them when new to stiffen the bristles, however the material used on these brushes have a strong chemical smell. I'm not sure what was used, but I didn't have any trouble breaking the material down in order to use the brushes. Overall I'm happy my this oil brush set and can't wait to start my pieces using my special oil paints!