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Grumbacher's signature line of professional oil and acrylic brushes are made of Chungking hog bristle. Natural flags and interlocked construction preserve the natural curve of the bristle.
Every Gainsborough brush is handmade to ensure a high level of quality. Each one incorporates a nickel ferrule and a long wooden handle.
Brush sizes — The length and width of a brush of a given shape and size may vary by manufacturer as brush sizes are not standardized. Since fine art brushes are handmade, expect some variation even among brushes from within a single brush line.
® Grumbacher is a registered trademark of Chartpak.™ Gainsborough is a trademark.
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good products, good service
from mason, mi
Comments about Grumbacher Gainsborough Round Series 1271R:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Davis, CA
Comments about Grumbacher Gainsborough Filbert Series 1271T:
I was slightly disappointed in the very thin handles of the brushes. I compared them to the same brush purchased a year ago, and the handles on the old brushes are definitely thicker,by about a sixteenth of an inch at the thin end of the brush three inches from the bottom ( No. 4 brush). The thinner brush handles flex appreciably when used with even moderate pressure.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that the brushes you received are not to your liking, and we're happy to help with a return or exchange. Just call 1-800-723-2787 to speak to a Customer Care Agent.
The return of an old and trusted friend
from Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Comments about Grumbacher Gainsborough Flat:
The bristle brush is the primary tool of the oil painter. A good brush in excellent condition is as important as quality paint. I began using Grumbacher brushes in art school and used them until they disappeared from the market 25-30 years ago. When they began to reappear I bought a couple to test their quality before buying more. As a professional painter I buy brushes the handful. Thankfully, they are the same brush I remember. I prefer the Grumbacher, flat bristle brush. The flat has long bristles which is an advantage since I wear out brushes rapidly. Grumbacher brushes have the proper thickness of hair which gives them the correct balance of flex and spring. They are well crafted with the natural curve of the bristles turned inward to support the shape of the brush. Unlike many old friends they don't lose their hair or their shape. I have used every major brand of brushes over a long career and Grumbacher brushes are still my first choice.
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"Bermuda Sloop", Oil on Canvas, 24"X 48"
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Comments about Grumbacher Gainsborough Fan:
This was just a really bad fan brush is was not at all firm it had moderate snappyness, cleaned very poorly, and the handle was very uncomfortable, very thin.
Merchant response: We're sorry that this brush isn't working out for you, and we're happy to help. Please look for an email from a member of our Customer Care Team who will be following up to assist you.
Good Solid Brushes!
from Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Comments about Grumbacher Gainsborough Brushes:
I have used this line of brushes for over 5 years and those brushes are still good! Handles hold up well to cleaning. Some bristle loss as with all brushes. A solid choice of investment.
A quality brush that holds up well
By A painter
from Pittsburgh, PA
I've used quite a few brands in this brush category and have found the Gainsborough to be is as good as it gets. It holds its shape better than most that I've used...including the Rosrmary brand...and wears extremely well.
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Painted with Gainsborough flats
Not what it used to be.
By JK Signs
from Asotin, WA
Over the years I have used the Grumbacher Gainsborough without question for my oils. Recent purchases show the bristle was too long, floppy and lacking in body - just plain flimsy. I found them to be useless and won't ever buy them again.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that these brushes aren't working for you as they once did, and we'd like to help you out with this. Our Product Information Team is available to discuss your requirements and recommend brushes that would better meet them. Please call 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am - 5:30pm CST) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be happy to work with you!
from Spring Hill, Tn
A friend let me borrow his brush...loved the brush so much I bought a size 10 and 12...All I can say is they are the best brushes..I use them for acrylic painting..they give me just the effect I have been looking for when I am painting landscapes..don't know how I managed without them...
from dallas , tx
A hard to find brush found on this website. As far as I'm concerned, hogs hair brushes are the only brushes for acrylic painting (large canvasses that is). thanks for carrying this product.
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By D. Soards
from Louisville, KY
These are traditionally used with oils and acrylics, but I use them for watercolor. Man are they thirsty! These brushes hold a lot of water. Great for graded washes. The handles are a beautiful emerald green color. I wish they came in a short handle version, but I guess that's what I get for using them in a non-traditional fashion.
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