This is my second set. I received my first set last December and have used almost daily since. I ordered a second set to ensure I had replacements if I ever need them and also to get the wash brush. Needless to say, I love them. I like a little snap and need the fine point for details and line work. Different brushes do different things, and these hold the right amount of water and paint, and produce shapes I can expect every time. My brushes are in the same shape as when purchased, which even for watercolor brushes, isn’t always the case. Excellent brushes I have recommended many times in my various art groups and know several happy purchasers, so if in doubt, go for it.