Natural Bristle

Due to the breeding methods, the hogs kept in Europe are already quite hairless. The few bristles that still grow on them are of low quality. So, unfortunately, they can no longer contribute to the production of brushes. Today, natural bristles come mainly from China. There are still older breeds of the domestic hog. The bristle is obtained from the back and neck. Particularly long bristles are becoming rarer in the meantime, even in China, and their price is rising as a result.

While fine hair (squirrel hair, red sable, etc.) has one fine hair tip, natural bristle splits into two, sometimes three tips. These tips are called flags and give brushes made of natural bristle their excellent paint absorption. Natural bristles come in a wide range of colors. There is dun (half white) bristles, white and extra white, but also bristles in natural black. White bristles are usually bleached during further processing. The highest quality natural bristle comes from the region around the city of Chungking in China.

When cared for properly, brushes made from natural bristles can last a very long time. A nice feature of natural bristle is that it ages well and becomes softer and more responsive over time. Brushes with natural bristles are best for painting with pastose paints such as oil or acrylic.

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