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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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from Grayslake, IL
Comments about Raphaël Raphaël Kolinsky Red Sable Fine Pointed Round Series 8404:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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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Took me at least one more step forward in my painting
from Thousand Oaks, CA
I am still a watercolor beginner, but I'd at least tried various synthetic brushes, kolinsky sable from Winsor Newton, and kolinsky sable from Rosemary & Co before these. I have a Raphael series 8408 #2 and #4. So far, these are best, followed by Rosemary & Co, followed by WN (but maybe I didn't get the top-of-line WN [?]). I think the value of the Raphael smaller brushes is pretty solid; Rosemary & Co are less expensive (and still handmade) particularly when you get to larger sizes. The point and water control are brilliant on the Raphael brushes, so it works well for me to combine their small ones with Rosemary's larger ones that may have a slightly less defined point but still good with water control. This is just my amateur view, but I can tell you that these brushes have taken me at least one more step towards me controlling the paint vs the other way around!!
Simply the best
from Stamford, CT
What can I say that hasn't been said already? These brushes are simply magnificent. Pricey but worth it. Fantastic tools. And Blick, of course, rules the roost.
I love these brushes. They make smooth strokes, hold a good amount of paint and water and return to a nice point. They are pricey, but well worth it. I wish I had started with these in the beginning.
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