View Full Version : Sable brushes

06-06-2000, 07:37 PM
Are sable brushes really worth the expense? And how can you tell which brands are good. Our local art store sold me a #3 sable for $15 and it dosen't hold a point as good as my Richardson. I suspect there are sable brushes, and there are sable brushes if you get my drift. I would appreciate some help.

06-06-2000, 11:18 PM
Are they worth the price...YES!!
BUT...not all sables are created equal. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif Kolinski sable, as a rule is the best.I really like my Richardson Kolinski sables. I have several and they hold their shape and ponts and edges well, plus they load up nicely.

W&N has Series 7 Kolinskis that seem to be pretty highly regarded. I only have one, a #8, and I don't really care for it.

Isabey also makes some very fine K. sables, but I really love their sqirrel mop brushes. I think my #12 could hold enough paint for an entire painting...and still point!

Cheap Joes has a series of their own brushes, called Dreamcatchers, which are a blend of K. sable and their golden fleece nylon. Primo! If you don't want to spend the $$ for sable, these are a top-notch alternative. These are better than many of the sable brushes I've owned.

I don't care for total synthetic brushes, but a lot of the blends are pretty good.
Hope this helps.



06-07-2000, 06:49 AM
Agreed... worth it!! I use the "dreamcatchers" mostly, and love them. I also have the "Golden Fleece" from Cheap Joes and they are probably my favorite brushes.

06-07-2000, 07:49 PM
Thank you Gisela and Carol for your advice. I decided to bite the bullet and ordered a 1" 100% kolinsky sable from Cheap Joes. Don't know if it will make me a better artist, but I'll let you know. Seems like whenever I bought new golf clubs I played better. Anyway I'm looking forward to trying it.

Thanks again,

Rod L

06-07-2000, 09:21 PM
Your very welcome...good luck and by all means let us see some of your work eh?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol