Have you ever had a tool that made painting a better experience for you, something that you just couldn’t do without? Until you found out, one day, you would have to do without.
The Royal & Langnickel Royal Sable brush. I always thought of it as the brush with the funny name. It wasn’t sable at all, didn’t even look like sable, but was made from badger hair.
It was the badger hair that made it special; not as soft as a sable, or as stiff as bristle. It held it’s own pushing around oil paint, but with much more sensitivity than a bristle hair brush. A quick plunge in the thinner and it let go of all traces of color, a wipe on a cloth, left it dry and crisp ready for the next stroke.
Back order, out of stock …and the words I didn’t want to see discontinued. To add insult to injury it had been replaced by the new, nylon, Royal & Langnickel Royal SableTek.
Seems like there’s been a population explosion of nylon brushes at the art supply store lately. They’ve muscled out racks of natural hair paint brushes, dyed to look like sable, squirrel and badger, the performance of a nylon brush with oil paint is a sad thing to see.
Has anyone else lost a favorite painting tool to mass production and increased profit margins?
My woodworker husband John wrote a blog on this very subject, the cheapening of the craftsman’s tools.
Royal & Langnickel Royal Sable, the Tek will never replace you, I will miss you my old friend….
On a happier note, my first painting from last weeks hike at Red Rock Canyon-