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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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A Fantastic Brush
By Ann, an Author
from Near Vancouver, BC
Comments about Da Vinci Brushes Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Brushes:
I love this brush. In the larger sizes particularly, it can be used successfully for a variety of brushstrokes from broad to fine. In my watercolour kit I only carry it and a mop brush. Unfortunately the one I just bought was a replacement for one I lost on a field trip, but I was willing to pay the large cost because I couldn't do without this in my paintbox.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The sable in these brushes seems less stiff than the W&N Series 7 brushes so they appear to point better with less water than the Series 7 brushes. The Maestro full belly rounds are fantastic and so is the inlaid liner and long liner. That said (and I'm still trying out these brushes) I think I like the Winsor and Newton Series 7 brushes better. The big advantage of the Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky brushes, especially in the larger sizes, is the price. They are expensive but much less than a Series 7 size #14 for the same diameter brush. The Maestro's also have a huge selection of different brush sizes and types where the Series 7 is very limited. Of the Da Vinci brushes, I mostly use the Maestro Series 11 full belly rounds and they are a great brush that paints really well with a wide variety of watercolor techniques.
Holds water and point well.
from Mystic, CT
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Pointed Round:
Love these brushes, doesn't hold the point as well as Anna Mason Rosemary & Co. Brushes, but holds a lot more water. I'm glad to add these to my brushes.
from sacramento ca
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round Series 10:
I ordered two brushes of the two this is the best brush. it keeps it's point with no stray hairs sticking out.The second one was not this brand it was a red sable brush and the hairs stick out causing paint etc, getting on areas not intended.
IT GETS THE JOB DONE
from Ft. Denaud, Florida
Although these brushes were expensive, they are the best I have ever used in doing retouch and extremely fine detailing. The brushes I am referring to are the Kolinsky Red Sable retouch brushes 4/0 and 5/0, the 5/0 being the smaller. It makes no difference what medium you use, the Red Sable brushes do well in Oils, Acrylics, and in my case, the Egg Tempera paints. The brushes hold their shape but you have to know how to use them, that is, with short strokes, very little paint at a time, and learn to let the tip of the brushes do all the work.
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Treat them like the gold they are
By Cathy B
from Los altos, CA
Because of the price I haven't tried every brand of sables, but these are very nice. They have full bellies and an excellent point, which means you can make nearly endlessly long beautiful marks with them. Buy the biggest one you can afford; the tip of even a 12 is fine enough to use for very fine detail work. The major drawback to these babies is that the long point hairs (the flags) are very fragile, and they literally wear down quickly. Never use your sable on dry paint or a rough surface, and wash it well with water after each use. Buy a couple cheap stencil brushes to use to rehydrate dry paint, mix colors, etc, and keep these babies for only the smooth painting. They are worth the trouble.
By Rick the carver
Comments about Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Liner Brushes Series 1200K:
An excellent product at a great price that will prompt me to return to buy them again.
from Medicine Park, OK
Exactly as promised. Super high quality. A joy to work with.
By Kelly O
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.
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!
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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