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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

3/0 brushes side-by-side

Posted by Martin on July 11, 2009

Da Vinci and W&N 3/0 brushes.

Da Vinci and W&N 3/0 brushes.

Before I dip ’em in paint, I thought I’d record the virgin state of my sample 3/0 (AKA 000) Da Vinci brush alongside the same size of Winsor and Newton brush. The Da Vinci brush is the top one in the picture above though you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference between them if they didn’t have the makers’ brands printed on the handles in gold lettering. Visually, they are remarkably similar – both with highly polished black handles, shiny nickel ferrules and almost indistinguishable tips. The Da Vinci is perhaps a fraction heavier with a slightly fatter and longer handle.

Pricewise, I suspect that the Da Vinci brushes are less expensive than the W&N ones but it depends on where and when you buy them. Of course, the final reckoning will come when I actually wield the Da Vinci brushes in anger.

2 Responses to “3/0 brushes side-by-side”

  1. Probably best not to paint when you’re angry!! 8O)

    von Peter himself

  2. Svennn said

    I still use W&N Series 7 brushes but I am in no doubt what so ever that the quality is not what it used to be. Longevity and point integrity being the most noticeable.
    Following the advice of a couple of guys on various fora I am currently trying Rosemary and Co. brushes. May be worth adding to your own testing?

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