Our unique blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic filament creates ideal working tools for the watercolorist, silk painter, and artists working with inks, dyes, acrylics or gouache. Squirrel hair holds large amounts of color and releases it with perfect control. By itself, squirrel is delicate. So we blended it with a synthetic to resist wear and maintain a wonderful snap and spring. This soft blend allows multiple layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet its firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. Black Velvet features polished black ferrules, carefully fitted to gloss black handles, each with a distinctive silver neck band. Series 3008S has Beveled tip black plastic handles for scraping or burnishing. Series 3014S has ferrules of stainless steel. Flat hardwood handles, lacquered gloss black with silver tips. Liners/Scripts: Similar to rounds, but with longer hairs. Liners have a large color carrying capacity and makes long, fluid strokes. Oval Washes: A cross between a mop and a filbert, used primarily for laying in large amounts of color and blending. Rounds: Smaller sizes are typically used for detail work and larger sizes tend to be used for washes and filling in color. Strippers: Long chisel edge for easy, fine lines. Vary pressure for thick-to-thin ribbon effect. Washes: A wide, flat brush used primarily to lay-in large amounts of color, to wet paper, or for blending.