Brush Buyer Guide

Over 60 brushes including specialist and premium Red Star and a value range from Inkston, all quality handmade Xuan brushes from traditional workshop in Anhui.

Special Offer – Make your own brush set: 15% off any order of 5 or more individual brushes.

How to choose a fine brush

Sizes

Hair types and painting styles

The hair type affects the softness or stiffness of the brush:

Read more here about the hair types and their confusing English names.

Branding and shafts

  • The premium Red Star brand brushes are the most costly and have mostly bamboo shafts
  • The Inkston brand brushes use wooden shafts

The classic/standard range

This range was selected in consultation with the experts to provide the most commonly used range with high quality brushes and includes the standard sizes in “wolf” and combination brushes plus some detail and larger size brushes. This range is normally in stock with Amazon in USA and Europe.

Extended Red Star Range

This is an extended range with a lot of specialized brushes including:

Red Star Brush selection – arranged to get an idea of the sizes

From left to right:

  1. 一级小白云 Xiao BaiYun White Cloud Yang Hao Wool Brush Small
  2. 经典楷笔 Classic Calligraphy Lang Hao Wolf Brush Small  also available as set of 3 (Small, Medium and Large)
  3. 七紫三羊 Lux Zi Hao “7 Rabbit 3 Goat” Brush
  4. 经典楷笔 Classic Calligraphy Lang Hao Wolf Brush Medium  also available as set of 3 (Small, Medium and Large)
  5. 一级中白云 Zhong BaiYun White Cloud Yang Hao Wool Brush Medium
  6. 经典楷笔 Classic Calligraphy Lang Hao Wolf Brush Large  also available as set of 3 (Small, Medium and Large)
  7. 紫露 (黄) Lux Zi Hao Rabbit Hair Brush (Yellow)
  8. 紫露 (红) Lux Zi Hao Rabbit Brush (Red)
  9.  点梅 “Prune Dot” Lang Hao “Wolf” Brush
  10. 一级大白云 Da BaiYun White Cloud Yang Hao Wool Brush L
  11.  清风 (五)Fresh Breeze Yang Hao Wool Brush #5
  12. 空山流水庄老文章 “mountain spring village writing” Tao Extra Fine Yang Hao Wool Brush
  13. 和碧随珠钟王翰墨 “Jade Ink Emperor” Winter Wolf Brush
  14. 精品兼毫 (五)Fine Jian Hao Combination Brush #5
  15. 一品灰貂(三) Extra Fine Hui Diao Brush
  16. 鹿狼书画 (三) Lu Lang Deer & Wolf Calligraphy and Painting Brush #3
  17. 鹿狼书画 (二) Lu Lang Deer & Wolf Calligraphy and Painting Lang Hao Wolf Brush #2
  18. 闲趣 (小) Xian Qu Leisure Wolf Brush Small
  19. 极品石獾 Extra Fine Shi Huan “Stone Badger” Brush
  20. 鼠须长锋 “Mouse beard” Extra Fine Long Pointed Marten Brush
  21. 极品石獾长锋 Extra Fine Shi Huan “Stone Badger” Long Pointed Brush
  22. 闲趣 (大) Xian Qu Leisure Wolf Brush Large
  23. 4 Super-sized wool brushes, (four pictured out of set of 5, also available individually)

(Note the characters on the Red Star brushes are written in traditional Chinese characters, in our explanations we normally write modern Simplified chinese characters so they sometimes look different.)

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Comments: 6

  1. 5 étoiles
    Quel bonheur de recevoir mes pinceaux ce matin Inkston me surprend toujours par la qualité de leur fournitures, le raffinement des emballages et le petit plus perçu comme un cadeau(housses soie…) Il me reste à tester ce beau matériel

  2. Excellent service and support! I’m a professional artist and work with oil, but these are my first brushes for Chinese painting, and I’d like to tell you, they are what I dreamed about! I’ll be back soon:)

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