This hog bristle brush has a shortened handle to make it more practical for encaustic painters. The overall length from tip to tip is 8-1/2 inches. The unusual angled shape makes this brush ideal for cutting in close lines and the broad end is great for laying down colour. The thickness of the bristles is perfectly suitable for use in hot wax paint and fortunately, the bristles heat quickly to work the colour effectively. However, keep in mind, that like any other natural hair brush, be careful not to singe or burn the bristles while using hot air assist.