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Named after the exact location in Siberia where Escoda sources its Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable, Reserva Series Brushes are crafted using only the tail hairs from the male Kolinsky — renowned for their springiness and capacity to retain liquids. Selection of fine materials, as well as Escoda's unique "curing" process, results in a watercolor brush that many artists consider to be perhaps the finest in the world.
Following a 75-year tradition, these exceptional brushes are crafted by hand to offer the finest points and sharpest edges available. Each is produced with a perfectly balanced, lacquered wood handle and a nickel-plated ferrule.
Chungking Bristle Set
The six-piece Chungking set is ideal for oil and acrylic painters and contains one each of the filbert series white bristle brushes in sizes 0, 2, 6, 10, 14, 18.
Chungking Round/Flat Set
This six-piece Chungking Bristle set comes with three rounds in sizes 2, 6, 12, and three flats in sizes 2, 8, and 14.
Grafilo Kolinsky Tajmyr Sable Set
These handmade brushes feature an engraved Grafilo grip for superior handling and flexibility, and gold tone brass ferrules. They are ideal for both oil and watercolor. The six piece set includes three rounds in sizes 2, 6, and 10, and three brights in sizes 4, 8, and 12.
Kolinsky Sable Set
Six-piece Series 1212 set, ideal for the watercolor painter, includes round brushes in sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, with a gold-plated ferrule, and the finest Kolinsky sable hair available.
Pop this clever little Escoda travel brush into a pocket or plein air box. It's ready for the road at a moment's notice! Hidden within its golden chamber resides a regular length, pure Escoda Kolinsky-Tajmyr Kolinsky Sable Pointed Round brush.
Tame Synthetic Set
Each brush contains a perfectly blended combination of varying lengths and diameters of a high-performance filament that is amazingly responsive and performs exactly like pure Sable. These brushes are ideal for oils, acrylics, and watercolors. The six-piece, long-handled set includes Bright in sizes 6, 10, and 14, and Round in sizes 2, 6, and 10.
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from New York
Comments about Escoda Reserva Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable Brushes:
I like sable, the brush handles as I expect it to, holds a lot of water, and can maneuver adeptly between different brush strokes. For the fact that it does it's job so well, I give it 5 stars. However, I'm always plagued by the guilt of buying sable and also the price. I did try a Versatil in the same purchase (same size, 8 pointed round) and I was pleasantly surprised by its performance. They do have a bit more spring (don't feel as 'soft'), but if anyone is looking for a non-animal (and SLIGHTLY cheaper) alternative, I'd also recommend those.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from East Coast, USA
An acquaintance recommended this as an alternative to the W&N Series 7. It is not. It holds water nicely but had one or two stray hairs that messed up a clean point, which is what I had it in mind for.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for letting us know you weren't happy with this brush. One of our Customer Care Representatives will be in touch to see how we can help. We hope you won't let this experience put you off these brushes - if you give us a chance to replace the faulty brush, we think you'll love these!
always in use
from Baton Rouge La.
#2 Filbert is pretty much in constant rotation. The details of my paintings are much cleaner.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
The best watercolor brush available
the Russian sanctions make the difficult to come by.
from Overland Park, KS
I use these for watercolor. They hold paint extremely well and maintain their points. I have used these daily for a couple weeks and the brushes still maintains their points even after cleaning. Also, their handles have a good feel to them.I will probably be purchasing more of these as needed to replace some "inferior" ones that don't perform as well.love these brushes!
They keep their shape, using them is a delight
Best available in todays market
By old painter dude
This is the best brush you can buy, the quality of sable is outstanding, the workmanship is perfect, and they everything a high end brush should be. A real bargain at Blicks price.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Makes Learning Easier!
from Amana, Iowa
As a serious beginner, I have purchased Isbey, DaVinci and several other brush brands and, while the others are excellent, these are just about perfect! Its so easy to lay down smooth color without brush strokes or too much or too little water. These brushes are also beautiful and the bristles are very uniform and well trimmed.The travel brushes are little works of art in themselves. Perfect!
from Ann Arbor, Michigan
I am an amateur and new blooded artist studying watercolor painting. I wanted a great brush and this one is nothing but perfect. It holds a lot of water and is great!
(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
Pocket brushes are perfect!
I purchased the #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 pocket brushes made by Escoda. They just arrived today USPS. The purpose is for watercolor painting. They're kolinsky sable so they have great snap and retain their shape very well but still not as well as nylon/synthetic does. They're real animal hair so they will hold possibly 2 to 4 times as much watercolor liquid as a similar sized synthetic brush will. Keep that one in mind when buying brushes for watercolor painting. Like other Kolinsky hair brushes, they have a wonderful working qualities which is why they are the choice hair for watercolor brushes. These hairs are flexible, springy, resilent to pressure, long-lasting, great water-holding capacity, and they rinse very clean with almost no staining even when using highly-staining pigments like phthalo blue. I want to spend some time commenting on the quality, size, and weight of these pocket brushes. See pictures attached for size comparision to the ordinary Bic pen. The gold handles are longer than I expected ranging in size from 4 inches (#2 brush) to almost 5 inches (#12 brush) in total length when the pocket brush is closed. When the brush is open the #2 brush has a total length of 7 inches long and the #12 is 8.5 inches long. This measurement is taken from tip of brush fibers to the very end of the handle when open w/ cap placed securely on the back of the brush. Meaning there's plenty of handle to hold onto; but w/o the cap the brushes would be next to impossible to use, at least for me they would be. All brushes are triple crimped at the top of the ferrel (common to Escoda brushes) and have a normal sized ferrels that you would find on other similar sized watercolor brushes. The wood part of the handle is small...tiny in length but the thickness is similar to what you might find on any other watercolor brush of comparable size. The gold tone metal cap is very attractive to look at (sleek and smooth). To see one of these at an art store, most people would probably think it was an expensive brush. Now the bad: The gold cylinder is quite smooth and lacks grip. The gold cylinder has a small hole at the end to let out moisture from the wet brush (this is good). The caps with the hole are only on brushes #6, 8, 10, 12. The #2 and #4 brushes don't have this small hole but I think they need it, in my opinion. The #2 brush weighs 3g and the cap that goes w/ it weighs 4.3g. That means you have a heavier cap on the end of your brush. This weight-to-cap ratio stays approximately the same as the number of the brush gets bigger. The #8 brush weighs 6.7g and the cap weighs 8.3g. The #10 brush weighs 9g and the cap weighs 10.6g. This may not bother you at all. You may actually prefer it since these brushes weigh more than their wooden-handle counterparts it may offer a little more control. It may take a little time getting used to it though. When I weigh a #10 Da Vinci watercolor brush of similar quality yet an all wooden handle measuring 9 inches long it weighs 10.2g. The #10 Escoda pocket brush weighs a total of 19.6g. Just something to keep in mind as you make your decisions to buy these compact brushes.Clearly these brushes have convenience in mind. My research performed before buying any of these brushes is best summed up by saying people love them. Smooth, sleek handles with a little more weight to them. Small compact size makes it easy to carry with you as you travel to the location to paint. The cap protects the brush head from damage during traveling. The quality of materials Escoda uses is always top notch. These brushes are no exception to that general rule. The hair being Kolinsky-tajmyr sable has the best handling capabilities and qualities. These small high end brushes are the cream of the crop for travel brushes. Expect to pay a little more but I believe their worth it! Many people who speak of these brushes online find themselves not only using these outside on location but also in the studio. Not just for traveling but also a good studio brush as well.One more thing...the caps have a pretty large hole for the brush head to fit into. Another nice thing about these brushes. I would definitely recommend these to a fellow watercolor artist.
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