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Joe Morreale
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New brush quality?

Post by Joe Morreale » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:48 pm

After hanging up my kit for a dozen years I have forsaken the computer to concentrate solely on handlettering. I have 25 years experience.

I recently needed to replenish some of my small brushes #2's and #4's. I bought what used to be (for me) excellent brushes, Solo Horton and Luco. My problem is they do not pallet well, the hairs split, they have curly hairs and are almost impossible to work with.

I remember my father used to take unruly brushes and wash them in hot water with I think hair conditioner. Has anybody heard of this? Do anybody have any suggestions?

I hate to think I have invested $75 in nothing more than stir sticks with hairy ends. Thanks

On another note after 12 years sitting in brush oil some so so brushes such as Dick Blicks and Schrarfs (sp) have improved with age.

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Re: New brush quality?

Post by joe cieslowski » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:32 pm

I removed my incorrect advise.

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Re: New brush quality?

Post by Joe Morreale » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:17 am

Can't hurt anything. I'll try it. Thanks

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Re: New brush quality?

Post by Kurt Silva » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:22 am

Hey Joe, don't know much about Solo Horton but I can share past experience with Luco. Years back Luco and French Master were my choice for quills. Then I started seeing just what you described, coarse wirey, sometimes whitish colored hairs that just didn't belong in a nice Brown Quill. These hairs weren't even straight but rather wavey. Since, I've tried several brands and have found Scharffs to be a quality quill.

As for fixing a bad quill? Those wirey hairs shouldn't be in a soft quill and you are not going to make a thick wirey hair soft and supple no matter what you do to it. I found myself picking through the hairs and cutting the unruly ones off.

I'd send em back where they came from. Tell your supplier they were not satisfactory. It's always nice if you can select brushes yourself, but of course when your supplier isn't local, you take that chance you are not going to get brushes that are just the way you want them.

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Re: New brush quality?

Post by Kevin W Betz » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:13 am

I myself have not bought a new brush for 20 yrs. I am looking into some now.
My Dad taught me to clean the Brush as if you were going to letter, comb the hair, then using a 75 watt light bulb,
slowly pull the hair over the bulb with the curled side down. As you are doing this, make sure to use your Thumb
pressing down on the Hair. As you pull the hair through, lift up on the handle. The heat with the pressure plus lifting the handle causes the hair to straighten out. Do not use to much pressure and pull at a medium speed. This will take 2-3 passes.

kb

Joe Morreale
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Re: New brush quality?

Post by Joe Morreale » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:47 pm

Kurt Silva wrote:Hey Joe, don't know much about Solo Horton but I can share past experience with Luco. Years back Luco and French Master were my choice for quills. Then I started seeing just what you described, coarse wirey, sometimes whitish colored hairs that just didn't belong in a nice Brown Quill. These hairs weren't even straight but rather wavey. Since, I've tried several brands and have found Scharffs to be a quality quill.

As for fixing a bad quill? Those wirey hairs shouldn't be in a soft quill and you are not going to make a thick wirey hair soft and supple no matter what you do to it. I found myself picking through the hairs and cutting the unruly ones off.

I'd send em back where they came from. Tell your supplier they were not satisfactory. It's always nice if you can select brushes yourself, but of course when your supplier isn't local, you take that chance you are not going to get brushes that are just the way you want them.
Solo Horton was the distributor for the French Masters. I've been beating these brushes around so I wouldn't be able to return them. I never even thought of it. I will try some Scharffs. In the past I felt the greys were too stiff so I'm probably going to try a couple browns and see how I like them. The ones I have are fine for some outlining so I'll get to use them.

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