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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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This is a great little brush!
By Tropical gardener
from Miami, FL
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Kolinsky Red Sable Fine Pointed Round Series 8404:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
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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.
Paint brush review
The brushes are painting smoothly. I have noticed how well they handle the variety of paints I use on my models. Will definitely increase my selection in the future
Excellent service, again and again!!
Excellent brushes for intricate watercolor.
Beautiful Brushes for miniatures!
from Aliso Viejo, CA
I paint miniatures and figures, and these brushes are hands down my favorite! absolutely beautiful.The tip holds a point better than any other brush I've ever used, very high quality, well worth every penny. Highly recommended!!!
30 year customer
My favorite brush for over 30 years. Pricey but worth it if you take care of them they will last a long time. Belly holds good amount of paint and keeps a fine point. I used them for gouache when I was painting textiles and for watercolor now that I'm doing Botanical Illustrations. Glad to see they are once again available.
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