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Kolinsky Brushes

Kolinsky Siberian Sable Round Brushes

Kolinsky is a type of mink, which is a member of the weasel family. It is native to Siberia (Russia), where the cold weather allows the animal to grow a thick, long coat. Only hairs from the tail are used in making artists' brushes, while the rest are used by other industries. The finest Kolinsky brushes are not recommended for use in oil paints, because the harsh qualities of oils will damage these brushes.

The male Kolinsky tail hair is used in making the finest Kolinsky brushes because of its superior quality. Female Kolinsky hair has less life compared to male hair. The very finest watercolor brushes are made from 100% male Kolinsky hair, but most Kolinsky brushes are made with a 60% female to 40% male mixture. The best brushes will spring or snap back straight after bending, while the brushes made of mixtures will hold a slight bend. No brush compares with the Kolinsky for control and resilience; it is the ultimate in artist brushes.
 Ideal for Egg Tempera .