Raphael Kaerell Blue Brushes: This is an extensive range of short-handled synthetic brushes which keep their shape and are professionally bonded for hair retention. They are only a little more expensive than Chinese brushes, but with sales satisfaction guaranteed. The handles keep their shape and are painted with a quality finish which will not crack. The French nickel plated brass ferrules are also of good quality. These brushes are excellent for acrylic, gouache, tempera and watercolour techniques.