The cheap ones are from the east. Most likly goaat hair NOT good the high end are for art and may be blck Rus. Squrial Very nice for water colors. Look in art supply shops.
If you wish to keep them rinc in clean DA let dry and bag in brown paper bag. Do not mix the types of finish. One brush per type. mine are ten years old and will be working after I am gone.
I just checked the ones that Paul has been using for a long time and they are the medium Ron Ranson hake brush (1 1/4″). They are more than the super cheap ones, but very reasonable, especially considering they don’t really wear out! Seem to be able to get them for around £8 on ebay here in the UK so might buy one of those for myself.
All the best,
Thanks! I will keep an eye for those brushes. I enjoy using shellac and will need a larger brush for my current project. I can find an art supply store, it’s just wasting an afternoon driving across town to get there. When in doubt I can allways search the internet.
Phil, I checked eBay in Canada, that brand name brush is selling for around 27 to 30 dollars plus 10 dollars shipping. Not so cheap here, the one inch Gramercy ox-hair brushes are only 23 dollars at lee valley.
I picked up one of these and it appears to be a decent quality hake brush. I purchased the 3″ hake brush to shellac oversize drawers and was impressed on how nice and even the shellac was spread over the surface. 3″ is a little too large, but for about 15 dollars, it was a nice purchase. For this price, I might pick up a 2″ brush when I need it, without hesitation.