Sable/Kolinsky Brushes

Sable/Kolinsky Brushes are not really made from sable hair at all. The hair comes from the tail of a species of mink that is a member of the weasel family, and is found in Siberia and northeastern China. Because of its strength, spring, and ability to retain shape ("snap"), it is considered the finest fiber for watercolor and oil brushes. It holds a very fine point or edge. Kolinsky is considered to be a professional grade of hair, and if properly cared for, it will last for many years.

Red Sable is obtained from any weasel with "red" hair, not from the animal known as the sable. It is found in a variety of brush styles for many varied mediums, with quality and characteristics that vary greatly. A quality pure red sable brush is a good alternative to the more expensive Kolinsky, with similar performance and durability.

Sable Blend/Ox
Fitch/Black Sable

Sable/Kolinsky Oil Brushes can be used with acrylics or watercolors, but remember that oil and water don't mix. Once used with oils, a brush can never again be used with water media. Acrylics and the solvents used with them will tend to shorten the life of a sable brush, which is why most acrylic painters use synthetic sable equivalents.

Watercolor Brushes
Sable Blend/Ox
Sable Flat Wash
Sable Blend Flat Wash
Kolinsky and Red Sable Rounds
Sable for Oils
Kolinsky for Watercolors
Red Sable for Watercolors
Sable Blend/Ox for Oils
Sable Blend/Ox for Watercolors
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