Red Sable Watercolor Brushes

What is Sable?
We often hear confusion between the terms Kolinsky and Sable. It is common to refer to the hair used for the highest quality natural hair brushes as Kolinsky Sable. It is a common misconception that the use of the term Sable must then also mean the highest quality.  In actual function, Sable Brushes would be considered a grade below Kolinsky Sable. Sable should be an excellent quality brush, but may have a higher mix of female hair bringing the cost of the brush down. Both can have a place in the artists tool box.  The unique shape of each strand of hair is what makes hair from these animals so great for brush making. It's a by-product of the fur industry as only the hair from the tail of the weasel is used in brush making.
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