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Vintage Quill Brushes

These handle-less quills come from the heyday of sign lettering and china/ceramic painting. They are generally Camel Hair (Grey Squirrel), Kazan Hair (Brown Squirrel) and Ox Hair, mounted in real quills. Most of these quills have square cut hair so that instead of forming a point they form a flat chisel edge, allowing sign painters to form squared letters with long continuous strokes. Squirrel hair will load and easily release an ample amount of fluid color. Ox hair is more resilient but with less body and will load up heavier fluid paints and are good for lining and flowing linear effects. Ox is sometimes blended with other softer, fuller hair to give the body of the brush more support.  The...

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