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Da Vinci's "Maestro" designation is reserved for brushes manufactured using male winter Siberian Kolinsky Red Sable fur. These are top-of-the-line, high quality brushes.
The extra sharp needle-like point and longer tapered hair length result in faster action at the tip and the tightest snap at the point. Expect superior spring and control, plus unsurpassed water-carrying performance.
All brushes have plated brass, seamless ferrules. Brush hairs are glued into the ferrule by a dosing machine. Then the ferrule is filled with a modern component-glue. After the drying and curing process, all the hairs are firmly positioned. Da Vinci uses only nickel- and gold-plated brass ferrules, which are rust resistant.
Before leaving the factory, each brush is carefully checked to make sure the finishing of the brush-head is impeccable and the ferrule is firmly attached to the handle. Carefully packaged, it will begin its journey, perhaps over mountains and oceans, to one of Da Vinci's loyal customers making art in the wide, wide world.
For three generations, Da Vinci has created the highest quality artist and specialty brushes. Today, the family owned business offers the largest selection of artist brushes in the world. Each brush is crafted with pride to Da Vinci's exacting standards. Using the finest raw materials available, skilled brushmakers draw on both centuries-old wisdom and input from contemporary professional artists. Utilizing the latest technical innovations, they create brushes of unsurpassed beauty, quality, and endurance.
Hans-Friedrich Defet was well-educated in the traditions of brushmaking, learning from both his grandfather and father the history of brushmaking in Nuremberg, Germany. Until the end of the 17th century, each artist had to make his own painting tools. During the 18th century, an ambitious crafts guild started to master the art of brush binding, relieving the artist of this burden. As this guild increased its expertise through experience and experimentation, the young trade was soon booming in the commercial town of Nuremberg. The city soon gained a worldwide reputation for brushmaking.
Series 5506, Retouch
A retouch brush is a pointed round kolinsky that has a shorter tip than a standard kolinsky sable round.
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By Kelly O
Comments about Da Vinci Brushes Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Brushes:
These sable brushes were recommended by several teachers so I finally ordered a few and I'm so glad I did. They are really nice to work with and keep a point longer then others I've tried.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Horrible Brush no Spring
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Special Inlaid Liner:
Brush has no spring. carries medium horribly. spreads instantly barley touching the canvas. Bought it because they make it look like it is a top of the line brush looks are decieving i got ripped off.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
By Arty One
from San Diego
Compact yet high quality watercolor brush. I like keeping painting material in my purse for that spur of the moment sketching. This brush is perfect!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A delight to use
from Joplin, MO
I use this brush for rendering stage costume designs with water colors. It does fine detail as well as larger areas at the same time. I used a similar brush for over 30 years and am replacing it only because my dog chewed it up. It's a worthwhile investment.
Very good for precision
By Graceful Leaves
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Pointed Round:
I've only painted with these for approximately two weeks. So far, so good. The pointed round is very important to me because I am studying botanical art. One is never through studying no matter how long one is at it. Give it a go because these are pretty good. Try not to do much dry brushing with them because the hairs might break and your wonderful point is ruined. I say this from experience and also reading other people's comments on the web.
Superior travel brushes
By Fern the Painter
from Princeton NJ
While these brushes are designed for travel they are such good brush I find myself reaching for them on a regular basis in the studio.
from Olympia, WA
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round Series 10:
I purchased this brush because of the reputation associated with Da Vinci Maestro brushes and it has surpassed my expectations. I use the brush for watercolor painting. It always comes to a fine point and it holds plenty of water. This brush is the highest quality brush I own. #sweepstakes
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Viera, FL
I take weekly art lessons and several months ago asked my instructor what brushes she would buy if money wasn't an object. In other words, what did she think were the best brushes. Without hesitation she told me "Da Vinci Maestro," which she considers equal to but less expensive than the Winsor & Newton Series 7. So I ordered over several months basically an entire set of Da Vinci Maestro's, from #5/0 up to #6, mostly the Series 10. I also ordered a couple of Series 35 and 5506 brushes, but find I like the Series 10 the best. I do mostly floral and detailed landscapes and could not be more satisfied with the quality of the Maestro Series 10. Eventually I'll order some larger Series 10's. BTW, Dick Blick's prices are the best for the Da Vinci Maestros. Highly recommended.
I use these brushes when painting portraits. A must have!
from Washington, NC
I am a watercolor artist. I like the feel of the handle and the way the bristles keep their shape..I've used these brushes for years.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Works great with Oil Pastels
from Madison, WI
I use this to spray all of my Oil Pastel pieces. It gives a slight shine which makes the colors look brighter without changing the color hue or value.
Da Vinci "Maestro" brushes are manufactured using male winter Siberian Kolinsky Red Sable fur. These are top-of-the-line, highest quality brushes.
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