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View Poll Results: Which brand of oil painting brush is the best?
Creative Mark 0 0%
Dakota 1 1.35%
Escoda 12 16.22%
Grumbacher 4 5.41%
Isabey 4 5.41%
Jack Richeson 0 0%
Princeton 2 2.70%
Raphael 7 9.46%
Robert Simmons 12 16.22%
Royal Langnickle 5 6.76%
Silver Brush 10 13.51%
Winsor and Newton 17 22.97%
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:26 AM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

Hey, I think that the best brush is the one that's made for the job at hand. I use a variety of brushes and by different makers. My workhorse bristles are the Robert Simmons natural hogbristle flats and filberts. I use a lot of those little Loewel Corneille round and flat synthetics for detail work. Badger hair for blending. My favorite brushes however for expressive brush strokes are Raphael natural bristle, they bend and snap back deliciously. Brushes need to hang onto their bristles and their shape and be cared for religiously. See, I finally got religion in my old age, HA!
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:25 PM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

I wasted a lot of money on brushes that were recommended. I just had to use differing ones until I got the "feel" or "spring" or whatever you want to call it, from the brush.

I finally settled on the Princeton Synthetic Mongoose Brushes,
Series 6600.

I cringe thinking about the money I spent before I found these! Vicki
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Old 07-04-2008, 03:01 PM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

I have a feeling the person you spoke to wasn't the "owner's wife", but the owner, Dee Silver......
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:16 AM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

Certainly sounds like a lot of money has been spent in this thread! We all know that things that are purpose made or marketed for painting tend to be more expensive than similar items made for different markets or trades so I wonder if anyone else uses housepainting brushes and flitches, sash brushes etc made for sign writers and interior decorators? These can be picked up on e-bay for a few bucks and can often become favourites!

Some brushes can also be improved by adjusting the grip of the ferrule by squeezing with pliers or even hammering! I have also worn a brush to the shape I wanted by walking round my house a couple of times trailing the brush against the brickwork until I had the sharp edge I wanted.

The quality of the mark is important nowadays and I think it is worth experimenting with ALL options until one finds what works for you.

Battered twigs, split bamboos, ice cream tub spoons, credit cards, rags of differing textures for tonking and wiping back all have their place in a painters armoury so one does not have to spend half ones life (not to metion money!) in an art shop

Just trying to provide a bit of food for thought!
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:26 PM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

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Hi, CLS,

I had exactly the same experience with the Silver Grand Prix. My friend bought a set at the same time I did, and she felt the same. At first I thought I might be hard on brushes, but my friend had had some thirty year old brushes that still looked great. My history did not go back that far, but none of my brushes disintegrated the way the Grand Prix's did.

I called Silver, and the woman that answered (obviously the owners wife) said "I've never had such a call!" As if there were never any complaints about their brushes. I was quite polite, by the way. She told me she thought "my technique was not suitable for Grand Prix."

Needless to say, no more Grand Prix for me. There was quite a discussion about a similar issue on a Portrait forum on another site. The consensus was that some manufacturers are using lesser quality bristles in their brushes than in years past.

Silver Brush is one of the finest brushes made. the women you refer to that answered the phone is the owner, Dee Silver. How many companies can you call where the owner answers the phone about 50% of the time. The Grand Prix needs to be conditioned a bit before using it. Silver also makes several fine brushes that have few equals, one is the Ruby Satin (synthetic), another is the Black Velvet for watercolor (squirrel and synthetic combination), another is Bristlon (a remarkable synthetic that is stiff like hog and you just can't kill this brush), and they have another great white hog called Silverstone that is priced a bit less than Grand Prix but performs as well in my opinion.

When alot of brush companies are farming out their production to China and India, Silver is still manufacturing in Japan and Germany where some of the finest brush factories in the world are located (Escoda in Spain, notwithstanding).

Give them another look.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:48 PM
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Re: Which brand of oil painting brush is best?

I'm interested in Trekell brushes after seeing several recommendations and their excellent prices. How do they stack up to the usual W&N or Princeton brushes most art stores seem to carry?.

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