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This hair comes from the Siberian and Manchurian Sable, better known under the name of Kolinsky. It is a small animal that lives in the coldest areas of these regions, giving it a very strong and dense hair, an ideal hair for watercolor. It has fantastic spring, snap, and color holding ability.
The Series 8404 brush is made with top-quality construction, and is set in a seamless, nickel-plated brass ferrule on a short, black varnished handle.
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Not happy with the flow of paint from the brush.
from Covington, La
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Kolinsky Red Sable Fine Pointed Round Series 8404:
I am preparing for a workshop and pointed brushes were requested in size #2 and #3.. I chose the sables thinking they would hold more water and distribute evenly, but they do not. My synthetics do a better job. I am very disappointed to have paid the additional cost for these brushes.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Great brush for comic inking.
By Jeremy Megert
from Dallas TX
I use this brush for traditional comic illustration on 11x17 art boards. The 8404 size 2 is one of the industry standards for brush inking. The 8404s tend to be of very consistent quality although the most recent one I got had a tip that isn't very good. I've been using these brushes for over a year and it's the first one I've had a problem with.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Still better than the Windsor and Newton series 7
from Marietta, GA
For comic book inking, I still rate the 8404 as slightly better than the W&N series 7 brushes. It seems the quality of both is more insconsistent than in previous years......but the 8404 seems to be slightly more dependable. I would suggest in the future that Dick Blick always ship the brush with a plastic cover over the tip. I had a no. 1 brush delivered without it, and it was frayed as a result. The no. 2 brush I ordered DID have the plastic cover, and it made all the difference.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
great product for very fine lines !!
from Sykesville, MD
These paint brushes keep their shape and product very fine lines.
This is a great little brush!
By Tropical gardener
from Miami, FL
I bought the #4. This brush holds a lot of water, and comes to a fine point which springs back every time you use it. Excellent for detail watercolor work.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Worth it, if this is the tool you need
from Micanopy, Florida
There is no substitute for the way the little barbs in the sable hair grip pigment and water. It is amazing. I have several of these brushes and am careful with making strokes that don't ruin the tip, avoid rough watercolor paper, and wash/dry with care. They will last for years if you take care of them. Like an expensive camera, they are worth it if you know how to use them - you might even need it to get the desired picture. Just keep in mind most people use the camera on their phone and are perfectly happy.
Wonderful brush. Keeps it's point beautifully.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Grayslake, IL
The is a great brush for details. My #4 actually has a better point but holds too much water for some things. The 04 gets the very small spots the others can't without leaving a puddle that could ruin your painting.
I love kolinsky sable brushes
from Mount Hope WV
This tiny 0/4 brush is just right for those final details and touch ups.
The best brushes around
from Portland, ME
Kolinsky sable brushes are pricey, but worth the investment. My last set of Raphael brushes lasted eight years and I just recently decided to update my set. The brushes are perfectly pointed and create an elegant, graceful stroke. They hold a generous amount of watercolor and ink. They are the only brushes that I use. I highly recommend them in every way.Delivery was quick and efficient in a discreet, unmarked padded pack. I appreciated this, since they are so expensive and I was a little worried about them being left at my doorstep.
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