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The Sable Mix is a combination of Kolinsky Red Sable, Russian Blue Squirrel, and Russian Fitch (Black Sable), along with small amounts of synthetic hair.
This brush features the benefits of the finest natural hairs for watercolor: the pointing and edging of Sable, the water-holding capacity and wash strokes of Squirrel, and the stiffness and durability of Fitch.
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By BB writer gal
Comments about Da Vinci Sable Mix Flat Wash Series 5830:
bristles are long enough to twirl, giving interesting textures. Edge could be sharper.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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a good water brush
By preacher rick
from Mora, MN
Comments about Da Vinci Brushes Da Vinci Sable Mix Flat Wash Series 5830:
good brush for the money
from San Diego
I really like them except for fine detail.
A standard in my studio as well as my College classroom.
By Prof. David
from Tower, MN and Rancho Cucamonga,. CA
Comments about Da Vinci Sable Mix Round Series 5530:
The DaVinci mix B and F brushes are great workhorses. They are my back-up for my high priced sables. I put them in my plein air kit as well as my studio. I tend to use the larger rounds ( 12-14), the flats ( up to size 24) and the Quills which are as good as they get. They wear well and will last, it seems, forever. They are on my basic list of materials for my classes (students are on a budget and these will last long after they graduate).
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
easily comparable to much more expensive kolinsky sables
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
My new favorite!!
By cactus girl
from the Great Southwest
I started out with one of these brushes in a size 12, round. After using it for some time I realized it was quite a treasure, especially for the price. It seems to be the brush I reach for time after time when I am painting. The control is great and I love everything about it. It sits comfortably in my hand and releases the right amount of juicy pigment onto my paper, no matter what type of paper it is...cold press, hot press, rough. It is a real workhorse of a brush for a decent price. I have since ordered several more in larger sizes.
(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not so impressed
from Harrisburg, PA
I ordered a size O Cosmotop Mix B for watercolor painting. After the first use the hair didn't stay tight even after wetting and shaping. The frizzy brush head has strays that don't provide a precise edge. The hair also does not hold a lot of paint.I have had less expensive, faux brushes that hold more paint and keep shape (e.g., Dynasty Black Gold)
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Not very comparable to pure sable
from The Moon
I ordered the number 12 and unlike the other reviews I didnt find this brush very comparable to sable. Its much rougher and coarser and handles a bit differently. What bothered me was that the hair of the brush, right after I washed off the gum, were quite frizzy and consequently stray hair appear if the brush got any dryer than dripping wet. These "strays" aren't exactly pointing out at odd angles or anything, they just stand out from the body of the brush. Maybe this is because of the fitch hair and its supposed to be that way or maybe I just got a bad brush. The water holding capacity was good enough though and when flicked it did come to a point (which didnt last very long when painting owing to the rough texture of the hair)I use it for watercolours but I think it could work well as a soft oil or acrylics brush too.
A Brush Like No Other!
from Litchfield, Ca
These brushes are in a class of their own. I love to work loose with juicy paint. I work alot with Squirrel hair mops, but wanted something with a bit more control and more holding copasity than a synthetic, and kolinsky sables were not in the budget. So I looked at mixed hair brushes and found these. From the reviews they sounded like really good brushes and was something I could afford. One said they were better than other Kolinsky sables they have used. So I got a #6, #8, #10, and a #12. They work great. They have the holding capasity of a squirrel hair mop with the control and spring of a sable. They hold alot of water and paint and come to a nice point. The #8,#10,and #12 have longer handles than your average watercolor brush which makes for a great counter balance or a looser stroke if held at the end. I like the shape of the handle where you normally hold it which is shaped like a pencil. This gives for a good feel in the hands and is very comfortable to hold. These are definently a welcomed addition to my brush collection.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
I absolutely love this brush. I have tried 100% male Kolinsky sables that were much more expensive, and they aren't a fraction as good as this mixed hair maestro. Specifically, it doesn't separate, keeps it shape, has loads of hair, doesn't shed, keeps a point like another reviewer mentioned, and holds a ton of paint like the other reviewers mentioned. Seriously, I think I'm done with my search for the perfect brush--this one is it.
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