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I don't think any pro painter uses anything smaller than a 0 in any line.

 

I don't consider myself to be a "pro painter" by any means, but I regularly use W&N 7s ranging from a #1 down to a #3/0.  They are what works for me.  YMMV.

 

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Are "these good ones"?   No. They're all mediocre brushes at best.   Good brushes are made of Kolinsky Sable, by a very few manufacturers: Winsor & Newton, Raphael, da Vinci, and arguably a co

Nothing to add other than what Cash says, "Life is too short for cheap brushes!"   I also like sizes 1 & 2 for both W&N and Raphael.

There are many things that pull individuals towards one type of brush over another.  Some of this has to do with style, preference on hair length but mostly with the way one paints.   The benefits o

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Two weekends ago I was wandering around town and actually bought a Games Workshoppe brush from the local store here (crazily enough, there is one in Omaha) and the guy who helped me out said how he thought the brushes were great and sable et cetera, but after only two weeks in the tip has already got small hook in it. It's still usable, but I've got my Rosemary and WN brushes that after a few years still have an almost perfect point. I don't take the greatest care of them either, even though I do rinse them out always.

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Two weekends ago I was wandering around town and actually bought a Games Workshoppe brush from the local store here (crazily enough, there is one in Omaha) and the guy who helped me out said how he thought the brushes were great and sable et cetera, but after only two weeks in the tip has already got small hook in it. It's still usable, but I've got my Rosemary and WN brushes that after a few years still have an almost perfect point. I don't take the greatest care of them either, even though I do rinse them out always.

 

Sounds like you should go back to the store, take your good brushes, and gently and happily educate him. Perhaps he is a painting enthusiast how simply knows no better and this could lead him the right way... suggest this forum too.

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