What Are Kolinsky Brushes?

Paintbrushes labeled as Kolinsky are made from the hair of an animal known as a red sable. They are known as some of the finest brushes an artist can use. One interesting thing is that the “red sable” is actually a misnomer as they are not sables but a species of Asian weasels. The hair that comprises the usable part of the kolinsky watercolor brushes is taken from the tail of the kolinsky. The very best of the best of these brushes use strictly mail hair from the tail. However,…

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