Kolinsky sable paintbrushes, a favorite of
many comics artists, have recently become difficult to obtain in the U.S. due to
a mysterious import ban. But what's really going on here? And is artists' hunger for sweet, springy sable brushes sending these adorable weasels the way of the dodo?
In a word, no—but the actual answer is more complicated than that. I pored over pages and pages of confusing legalese to try
and get to the bottom of it, and here's what I've found so far: