Isabey's Chungking Boar Bristle brushes are among the highest quality bristle brushes available. Stiff and coarse, they are designed for the weight and wear of oil and acrylic paints. They have an extremely high degree of spring, precision and durability. These brushes have become famous over the years for their distinctive "school bus yellow" handle.
Isabey Chungking brushes are completely handmade, rare for a bristle brush. The hair is the finest quality Chungking hog bristle available. These brushes are distinctive with the most hairs per square inch for an extra tuft, maximizing paint load. Their interlocked, curved hairs maintain a tight and precise brush shape that resists splaying.
For centuries, French craftswomen in Brittany have handcrafted artists' brushes, passing the tradition on from generation to generation, and Isabey brushes are the legacy of that great history. Completely handcrafted from start to finish, each brush is hand-washed, hand-sorted, shaved, and hand-shaped without cutting the tip to preserve the natural qualities of the hair. For superior construction, tufts are glued within the ferrule twice and crimped lightly to avoid handle damage, offering maximum security, longevity and control. The work of thirty craftswomen over a period of three weeks goes into the crafting of a single brush.
Isabey travels to remote locations-- from Siberia to South America-- to hand select only the finest hair available. Through traditional methods, the careful selection of materials and an unparalleled pride in workmanship, Isabey truly distinguishes itself, and its brushes.