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Winsor & Newton's synthetic mongoose fiber offers better durability than natural mongoose. This unique synthetic fiber is so much like mongoose, it even has the tapered point and surface texture of the natural hair. It is stiffer than sable, but softer than hog bristle, perfect for acrylic and oil painting.
Each brush is elegantly crafted with a gold ferrule, and a dark brown-stained lacquered handle. The bristles are handsomely variegated in shades of ivory, gold, and brown.
Apply varnishes, primers, and gessos. The Monarch Glazing Brush is made with the same synthetic mongoose fiber as other brushes in the Monarch series, a compromise between the stiffness of bristle and the softness of sable.
It has a shorter, flatter shape than the regular filbert, with rounded edges. Use it for fine lines and soft-edge broad strokes with greater control.
Brush sizes — The length and width of a brush of a given shape and size may vary by manufacturer as brush sizes are not standardized. Since fine art brushes are handmade, expect some variation even among brushes from within a single brush line.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Winsor & Newton products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
™ Winsor & Newton is a trademark.™ Monarch is a trademark.
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from Beaufort, SC
Comments about Winsor & Newton Monarch Mongoose Brushes:
I have a multitude of different sizes and shapes in this brand because for the price they hold up pretty good to the sometimes extreme scrumming technique I do.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Rural Nevada
This is my third time purchasing Winsor & Newton Monarch brushes. I've bought the #10 and #14 they have a great spring and are very durable. I'm kinda rough on my brushes and these have held up surprisingly well.The shape and edge are still sharp after a number of paintings. They are now the only brush I intend to purchase. Be aware that the sizes are different and pay attention to the measurements or you'll end up with a smaller brush than you wanted
My favorite brush
from Southern Indiana
Comments about Winsor & Newton Monarch Flat:
Perfect on gesso boards.
wonderful oil brush
I'm getting into oils and recently upgraded from student grade brushes. These are such a game changer. So soft but with good snap. Easy to clean and hold up well.
Monarch`s brushes are superb!
By Peter the painter
Replace sable brush at lower cost! Keep his shape after long period of time...
Favorite wc brush.
from cw, Mi
I really like the feel of these brushes for wc. I wish they had more in the lineup.
from Escondido, CA
I'm so glad I discovered Monarch flat brush. They hold that flat shape for me.
The #0 I ordered is to soft of bristles, not good
By Mike Hayes
Comments about Winsor & Newton Monarch Round:
I scrub and paint with smaller brushes a lot and they have lasted. They're firm with some flexibility. The # 0 I just bought is not as good. It' s bristles are softer and thinner so there isn' t as much paint to hold or move.Something change? I don't care for this new one.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. Please know that if you feel this brush doesn't meet your needs, we're happy to help with a return or exchange. One of our Customer Care Agents will be following up via email to offer further assistance.
Hairs fray very easily
I've been using these brushes on 3-4 small paintings and the hairs already start to fray. I clean my brushes with gamsol and masters soap after each painting session.
A Most Excellent Brush
from Port Jefferson, NY
Comments about Winsor & Newton Monarch Mongoose Bright Series 5501:
If you work with traditional oils or, like me, water mixable oils then it's likely you're looking for the ultimate brush that can take a load or thin strip of paint and move along the canvas as precisely as you need it to. The Monarch brushes do this and they are holding shape better than any of my other brushes. Actually, they are holding perfect shape. The spring is exactly the same as when I first started using them. I'm suggesting them to my students because learning to manipulate your paints is tricky enough, best to do it with strong materials, and Monarchs are proving to be top of the line.
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