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The Escoda Optimo Kolinsky Sable brushes are a marriage of beauty, form and function.
Snappy pristine Kolinsky hair is delicately hand crimped into a nickel brass ferrule. The short, blue, lacquered wood handle offers the control needed for detail work.
Painstaking attention is paid to every step of Escoda’s hand-crafted brushmaking process resulting in a piece that will be of service for years to come.
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from Chesapeake, Virginia
Comments about Escoda Optimo Kolinsky Sable Pointed Round Brushes Series 1210, 1310, and 1208:
There is definite difference between this Kolinsky vs. the mimic Kolinsky iin how smooth paint spreads on the water color paper. I'm just not certain that it makes that much difference to warrant the quadruple in the price. Since I've already splurged, I'm going to enjoy it. I did notice that the brush tip of the less expensive mimic brush is wearing out fast. I will do more review in the near future based on the true wear of this Kolinsky brush.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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My Favorite....with one caveat
This brush, the pointed round #1 and #2 with the short handle, are my favorite brushes...with one irksome drawback. I love everything about them but they don't last. I love the springiness of the bristles, not too long and the belly is fat enough to carry some paint but gradually, the bristles break and/or fall out and suddenly I realize my #1 is a #00. I am an illustrator and paint in thin glazes of watercolor so it certainly is not because of mistreatment, scrubbing or being left in the water! Happily the price is not outrageous, especially when they are on sale so I usually purchase about 12 at a time for a book, knowing the above to be true. For my detailed work, even with the one flaw, they are still my favorite brusg!
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favorite detail brush!
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I took a chance when ordering this brush.
By Retired teacher
from Gloucester MA
I hesitated to purchase this Escoda Sable Brush, I am glad that I did purchase it. I have used Yarka sables for years and was disappointed that they are not on the market anymore. I used this Escoda Optimomthis week and am very pleased with it. Great brush and price.
from Pdx oregon
I am al ew to watercolor and have purchase many different brushes and have found these to be a great value with good performance.
Small but incredibly smart
By Lupe the Loop
from Miami, Florida
Fine detail... Steady point that bounce back to original position.... Absorbs a lot pf paint.
By Mom Gift Giver
from Albuquerque, NM
The brush itself was an excellent price. But once the shipping and handling was added in, the expense was high. That is the reason I didn't rate it "A fantastic deal".
Not a brush, a marker
This brush lost its tip immediately. Fortunately, the first time I used it, all I needed were fat solid lines with no personality.I got the size 2, and while it was indeed capable of producing a size 2 line, I doubt it can do anything else.Choose the Da Vinci Maestro or the Windsor Newton Series 7.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize – it sounds like the brush you received was defective. One of our Customer Care Representatives will be in touch so we can take care of this for you.
Pricedy but Worthwhile
By Sinbad the Sailor
from Portland, Oregon
I use these brushes mainly for thinned acrylic paint. Let's face it: these brushes are quite pricey. But you almost get what you pay for. They hold the paint well and offer superb control. I take care of my brushes, so I'd like them to last a bit longer than they do. I'm as bit rough on brushes when I use them. Even so, other brushes I've had have lasted longer, but have not performed as well.
Well made and good materials. Will acompany me during many y
from Puerto Rico
from Cape Coral FL
When purchasing watercolor brushes I get the best that I can afford. With the scarcity of the Russian sables I was familiar with, I an trying these. So far, so good. I haven't used them for any length of time, which is a definite advantage to fine brushes. No shedding of hairs, remain soft after use, retains fine point, on flats holds edge, creates clean lines, deposits color evenly, holds paint well ... so far, they compare well to more expensive brushes. But still love my tried and true brushes of 25 years!
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