They are actually cheaper at Dick Blick ( dickblick.com).
but aren't you always saying to never buy a brush without testing it?
A friend of mine posted rather excited about the sale, which I can see now isn't as big a deal as she seemed to think it was. I have to say, at the prices there or at Dick Blick I might say that sampling isn't such an expensive thing. Still a crap shoot, but might not be a terrible idea.
UPDATE: these brushes sucked. they gave me a refund. the end!
Thanks for the update! Sorry to hear they didn't work out.
You know, I had bought that set of five W&N brushes a long ways back. I'm pretty much an amateur inker, but as far as I could tell, those brushes were fine. They aren't now, probably because I may have been stupid enough to let ink dry in the ferrule (no amount of Master's Brush Cleaner and Preserver seems to be able to fix it) but unless my memory's shot, the brushes were pretty good. Then again, I may have just gotten lucky.
(Oh, sorry to comment twice, but I was referring to buying the set of five brushes, size 0-4 of Series 7s off Dick Blick. $59.99, plus $6.95 shipping. This current sale (ending in two days) would have run me $69.21, with the same shipping rate, so Dick Blick is still a better deal.)
About one in ten of these are worth buying. gotta test these buggers in store before purchase, fo sho.
Here's a nice brush review. It gives us a few more leads.http://gh-mongo.deviantart.com/journal/10912701/I'm getting great results our of a Raphael 8408 right now, btw.PS: I'm missing this blog hella bad.
You know, I hear the "getting a bad brush" thing a lot. I've purchased a lot of brushes online—mostly from MisterArt.com and Dick Blick, including W&N series 7's. I have yet to see poor quality in the products received. I am not a particular fan of the series 7's, but I have a theory that the problems people experience are more due to personal preference than inconsistency in the manufacturing.
In line with West's first comment, I too am missing this blog really bad too. But, hey, it's life, and I'm sure Matt's got some of it happening right now as we type.Secondly, yeah, could be personal preference. I'm a shaky inker. Amateur for sure. But, I can get the variation and snap I need from these 2.50 brushes, "Arquelle" or something, that we sell at my work. My series 7 does have FAR better carrying capacity, but wild, errant hairs, about six of them. Pretty crappy for a brush that hit our shelves in a freaking brush tube + another plastic shipping tube around the handle/brush/etc. Especially considering it's $40+ price tag.I barely use it to ink anything. It's also of note that I ink on cold press watercolor paper mostly, so I need a brush that's not so nuanced to every peak and valley of my paper, and cheap watercolor brushes lay down a thicker bead for that. I do love the WN for it's "intended" purpose, laying in some detailed watercolors or colored inks. But I don't ink with it.I mean, errant and wild hairs aside, I keep great care of the brush (series 7) and keep it clean and pigment free in the ferrule, but it was a total miss as far as "pristine" goes.
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