|A lettering flat|
|Lettering quills. Note the ferrules.|
Quills gained their name because the hairs are hafted in goose quill rather than a metal ferrule. Lettering quills are made in numbered sizes from #2 to # 20. Less flexible than a flat for producing strokes with varied width, thick to thin, they are more maneuverable for makiing curving strokes of the same width. The slightly stiffer gray hair may tend to skip and "rag" the edge of the stroke. Quills come in "gray" and "brown.” The gray hairs, having a bit more "snap" than brown hairs, are easier to control, but brown hair is preferred for use over extremely "fast" surfaces, such as glass, providing a smooth, sharp-edged stroke.
|Dagger striper, well-used|
|Grey China oval|
A sash brush carries a slight angle, which may be useful at the easel when control of the brush requires that one's hand not obscure the view of the work-piece. Sash brushes are used in painting or varnishing. The brush illustrated is black China hog bristle.
These brush shapes have generally been employed by sign painters, auto detail painters, and other craftsmen. While many are made with natural hair--hog bristle, camel, etc--they are also available in various synthetic fibers. They can be obtained via a number of online sources as well as in paint supply shops.
(Photo credit: Richard Bingham)
Brushes Part 1
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