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About Princeton


More than 25 years ago, Howard Kaufman began a small brush business in the basement of his home in Princeton, New Jersey.

Previously the president of one of the world’s largest art supply manufacturers, Kaufman had gained a vast knowledge of brush making and an understanding of the needs and desires of artists. He believed that by focusing on innovation, value, and the best service, he would always have an appreciative audience for his products. 

Enter Naohide Takamoto, a third-generation member of Japan’s revered Takamoto brushmaking family. The two worked tirelessly to create the best synthetic sable, beginning with Princeton’s flagship Series 4050 Heritage Synthetic Sable brushes.

Over the years, Kaufman and his team have continued to innovate and set the industry standard for hair and handle technology, producing the Neptune, Catalyst Polytip, and Velvetouch range of brushes and tools.

Today, Princeton Artist Brush Company is one of the largest suppliers of artist brushes  in North America, and continues to offer innovative brushes for all types of media that extend beyond the artist’s basic arsenal of shapes. Natural and synthetic brushes for oil and acrylic paints are joined by Princeton watercolor brushes. Available in budget-friendly brush value packs, Princeton RealValue Brush Sets bring together the most popular shapes and sizes for use with a variety of media. True to the Princeton tradition, every Princeton brush is handcrafted and tested to ensure beautifully consistent performance. 

Although Princeton Artist Brush Company has expanded, it is still located near its roots in Princeton, New Jersey. Today Kaufman, his family, and a team of expert craftsmen continue to invent tools that move paint, with a passion for both the tools themselves and the artists that use them.

As part of Princeton's commitment to protecting the environment, all wood handled brushes are certified FSC.

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