Brushes with Kolinsky Sable Bristles

My Kolinsky Sable Brushes are among best brushes around.

Kolinsky Sable is the long time favorite among those who work with inks, watercolors, and aqueous acrylics. It is a soft brush with a soft spring to it.

Kolinsky Sable hair has a unique shape. Where most tapered hair is shaped like a very long V, kolinsky is is shaped like an elongated spade “♠” it is thin at the base, gets very fat towards the bottom and tapers to an ultra fine point. Due to this Kolinsky is excellent at media holding and applying any water based paint or ink. It is also excellent for thinner solvent based paints or inks. Remember it is soft so it will not do well with viscous paints.

The Kolinsky Sable i use is double dressed, meaning it is thoroughly cleaned two times. The irregular hairs are combed out. I employ two primary hair lengths in my Kolinsky brushes, a shorter and longer. They are blended. This blend helps to provide a very nice paint or ink delivery and greatly increases the amount of media the brush holds.

Where my Siberian Elk brushes are the proverbial Ferrari of the paintbrush world, my Kolinsky brushes are the Aston-Martin of the paintbrush world. All who use a Kolinsky are delighted.

Note that some art stores offer “Red Sable” or “Kolinsky” which uses the body hair of Kolinsky or something else. These tend to be a droopy brush, no matter how thick the brush may be.  Sometimes they are pretty heavily discounted.

Kolinsky hair is very difficult to come by. Mine comes by way of estate sales and it can take me a year to find enough to make a few brushes. But they are genuine Kolinsky brushes.

I offer this brush only in about 1/2″  length. The tail hair is up to about 1″ long overall and that doesn’t leave a lot of room to properly secure the brush.

1/2” long bristle Kolinsky Sable Brushes

The 1/2″ inch long bristle is outstanding for calligraphy or anywhere tight control or high detail is desired. Siberian Elk works for all kinds of painting techniques.The brushes not only excel when tight control is needed but they are fabulous to produce soft dry brush techniques.