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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2020 9:11 a.m. PST

I ordered some Kolinsky brushes on eBay, I got them yesterday and started to sue them today, they basically came without a tip, they can't keep a tip, hairs are just splitting off from the main brush and have to be plucked, they are completely useless for painting.
No matter what I try the brush splits in two as soon as I put paint on it.

Are these fake?

coopman30 Jan 2020 10:21 a.m. PST

Could be. There is a huge problem with fake/copy products these days.

rmaker30 Jan 2020 10:32 a.m. PST

Another possibility – factory rejects that somebody got hold of and is selling.

Schogun30 Jan 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

Could have swapped ferrules with low quality bristles with Kolinsky handles.

Fried Flintstone Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2020 5:09 p.m. PST

How much did you pay for them?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2020 2:17 a.m. PST


The store is british and has a high score.

King Monkey31 Jan 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

Your experience is the reason I don't buy brushes sight unseen.

von Schwartz31 Jan 2020 6:21 p.m. PST

Your experience is why I buy inexpensive brushes to begin with. Get 4, fine point, detail brushes for about $4 USDUS. Get a lot of use out of all of them and they keep their tip. When they finally do go south, I really don't care, they're only a buck a piece!!

coopman31 Jan 2020 8:25 p.m. PST

I've been using the el-cheapo brushes from the multi-packs at Wal-Mart and/or Hobby Lobby for years. If you use acrylic paints, they seem to last a lot longer.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 3:07 a.m. PST

There are no cheap brushes available for me. It's either kolinsky, newton or army painter and they all cost about the same.
I've been using army painter. But I can only order it online, and Norwegian shops only send kn expensive boxes, so at minimum $10 USD in shipping and the boxes are yo big for the mail box so I have to drive to the post office.
When ordering on Ebay, at least the end up in the mail box.

King Monkey01 Feb 2020 4:36 a.m. PST


Timmo uk01 Feb 2020 1:38 p.m. PST

Worth having a look at Rosemary and Co. I've used their relatively cheap Series 99 sable for years.

I have to admit that I've now gone over to W&N Series 7 and like them very much.

CeruLucifus01 Feb 2020 4:32 p.m. PST

I like that you typoed that you're immediately taking the seller to court.

I ordered some Kolinsky brushes on eBay, I got them yesterday and started to sue them today, …

Re: brushes, I prefer to buy the best brushes I can at local art stores. I have some Windsor Newton sable brushes I got at Dick Blick near my house. They're nice but not perfect; I assume these are not the famous W&N Kolinsky Sable everyone swears by. On the other hand I'm helping keep a local brick and mortar open.

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