Re: Is there a brand of synthetic rounds you love?
In general Princeton does budget brushes aimed at students and schools. I think whatever fibers they use for Faux Squirrel are cheap, as they are in various hobby brushes, like those sold at Hobby Lobby. In general all the soft black brushes are probably the same material, but I have not been able to tell what it is. I also suspect they tend to use cheaper polyester instead of nylon for their brushes.
When they say Faux Sable, Faux Kolinsky, Faux Squirrel, it is just marketing, they aren't saying what they are. There are ways of testing, via burning the fibers for example, but I have not done this. it's just guessing. In general the brush maker only says what a fiber is if it's really a selling point, thus top of the line fibers are called what they really are ( like Toray ), when they are vague and refuse to be specific, it means the specifics are inferior.
The synthetic brushes are usually polyester or nylon. Nylon is better than polyester, but is more expensive. In general there is a lot of variations, with specific brands of fibers mostly developed by Dupont, but also various Japanese companies. Toray Chemical Co owns many of these ( Taklon and of course Toray ) and seems to own the "high end" brand names of synthetic brush fibers.
Taklon is high end type of polyester. You can get Golden Taklon brushes at walmart, and this is probably the best of the low end fibers.
Toray is a high end type of Nylon, which is better.
Diameter matters, and better brushes vary the diameter. Real hair actually tapers, and has tiny rough spots or protuberances which help them retain water. Dying the brushes also affects them, think it fills in spaces which could be carrying water with whatever pigment is used, thus the white toray which perlas are made from is better as it's pure.
Versatil is a type of Nylon, but have not been able to figure out what its actually called. I don't think anyone else is using the same material. I suspect that Escoda has a strong working relationship with Toray Chemical, but this is based on the fact they list the fibers as Toray.
Last edited by briantmeyer : 06-23-2017 at 02:01 PM.