Heritage Arts painting knives are made of flexible, rust-resistant, stainless steel securely attached to polished hardwood handles. Artist's palette knives feature excellent spring and control. Painting palette knives can be used for a variety of painting techniques such as textured, impasto work, and large areas of flat color, as well as tiny shapes of color. Also can be used for mixing or scraping paint. Great oil painting knife. Painting knives have large bends in the handle, which keeps your hand away from the painting surface and helps keep knuckles out of the wet paint just applied. Painting knives come in numerous shapes, styles, sizes and are used for painting instead of a brush.