Brushes with Russian Sable Bristles

My Russian Sable Brushes are fabulous.

They are a little stiffer than Kolinsky and a little softer than Siberian Elk.

The Russian Sable brush is excellent for any water based paint or ink. It is also excellent for any solvent based paint or ink. But remember that solvents accelerate brush wear.

Russian Sable has a light springiness or snap that is a whisker stiffer than a Kolinsky. The hair is fairly uniform and is about 1/8th the diameter of a human hair. The hair has a long taper at the tip end which gives the brush a long and ultra-fine tip.

The Russian Sable hair i use comes from the tail hair. It is double dressed, meaning the hair is thoroughly cleaned two times, and the irregular hairs are combed out. As a result, it is uniform. It is kind of the Mercedes SL class of the paintbrush world, and the vast majority who use it are delighted.

Russian Sable hair is very hard to come by. It took me nearly 3 years to track down a small amount of it.

I offer this brush in 2 bristle lengths of about 1″ and 1.5″.

I will offer this in a 1/2″ length in the near future. The hair has a length of up to about 2″ and i hate to shorten it enough to make a 1/2″ brush, but a lot of people have asked me for them. So when i make the next batch i’ll make about half of the batch 1/2″ length.  After i’ve made them, i’ll add a section below to promote them. Let me know if you’d like me to send you a note when they are available.

The first row (below) shows the 1″ bristle length brushes, the 2nd row shows the 1.5″ brushes. Click on the image for more information.

1” long bristle Russian Sable Brushes

The 1″ inch long bristle is good for general applications where ultra-fine detail is desired, and where the artist likes a very responsive brush. Russian Sable works for all kinds of painting techniques.The brushes not only excel when control is needed but they are fabulous to produce soft dry brush techniques.

1.5” long bristle Russian Sable Brushes

The 1.5″ bristle is favored by many because they are great for ultra fine lines and also for expressive work. Like the shorter brush it is excellent for a soft dry brush.