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The fine-quality natural hair in Isabey Memory Series brushes is exceptionally soft with a thick, full body, making it suitable for almost any technique in oils, acrylics, or watercolors. Finer and less dense than Sable, it’s also an excellent choice for glazing techniques.
Available in large sizes not normally available in Sable brushes, every Memory Series brush has a long, lacquered, maroon hardwood handle with a nickel-plated ferrule.
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Comments about Isabey Mongoose Filbert Series 6159:
I use Isabey brushes. I like their performance and lasting quality. The price is reasonable.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great oil painting brushes.
Comments about Isabey Mongoose Round Series 6115:
Isabey brushes make a wonderful oil painting tool for me. They are of very good quality.
By Sure Shot
from Galveston, TX
So far I like this brush. It's the perfect size for most of the work on the canvas and holds oil well. I wish it were thicker and the bristles a little shorter, but all in all I am happy with it.
By R F
Great for glazes!
from doylestown, pa
i use these brushes exclusively for my oil on board paintings. they are durable and re nice to work with. plus, i think the prices are good.
my go to brushes
Comments about Isabey Mongoose Bright Series 6158:
By Lucy Lu
I love my Isabey Mongoose brushes, I use them with my Water mixable oil paints. They spread the paint smoothly even though you can do delicate work with them you can also be a little tough with them too.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Good, not great
I have used Escoda Synthetic Mongoose, W+N Monarch brushes, and Raphael Kervin in addition to these and would recommend the Monarch brushes over these and would say the Escoda are about equal. The lacquering on the handles feels cheaper than the lacquering of any of the others, and many hairs needed to be trimmed to actually use these. For the price I don't think these are such a great choice. I prefer old holland kolinksy/ W+N Eclipse brushes for glazing and blending over these.I prefer Signet Hog Bristle, Isabey Isacryl, and Princeton Catalyst brushes for general application.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
The best for glazing!
from Williamsburg, VA
I have worked in oil, old masters technique, and I highly recommend this brush for anybody who wants to glaze portraiture. I stumbled upon this product as part of a prize I won for one of my pieces and I have invested in 5 more filbert brushes to my collection since. They are soft to avoid brush strokes with your glaze even if you use a lot of paint, and they are sturdy enough to not give in to much. It is an easy way to work with your technique and it feels like the brush is doing more work in your favor than any other brand I have tried. I would say good luck to anyone who is trying these for their paintings, but with Isabey Mongoose Brushes you won't need it.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Much better than sable for most purposes
from Los Angeles
Mongoose brushes are in my opinion vastly superior to sable for oil painting, and Isabey makes the best I've ever used. Their superiority to the Raphael mongoose brushes is somewhat slight, but nonetheless quite appreciable.Mongoose brushes have *much* more spring than any sable, but are every bit as precise and as capable of applying fluid paint wet into wet without lifting the underlayer or leaving undesirable streaks. On the other hand they're stiff enough for fairly vigorous brushstrokes, if that is desired. As compared to sable, there are only advantages and absolutely no disadvantages, as far as I'm concerned.(That is if we're talking oils; mongoose is no good for watercolor, trust me.) Every sable I've ever used obliges you to dilute the paint almost to the point of transparency before the limp sable hair will stand up to it. (If for some reason you feel you *must* use sables for oil painting, Escoda and Utrecht make best brushes.)There are two downsides:When mongoose hair is used for filberts, there is a tendency for the hairs to stick together and form "prongs" like a fork. For this reason I prefer to compliment my array of filberts with Da Vinci black sables (which don't have this problem at all). Mongoose brushes are (in my opinion) good in filberts, and absolutely peerless in brights and rounds.The other problem is that mongoose hair, for whatever reason, appears to make it very difficult for the manufacterer to ensure consistent quality, as individual brushes of the same make tend to vary quite considerably. I recommend buying them at a store where you can inspect them first, if possible.
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