Silver Brush's Black Velvet brushes are a unique blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetic filaments. These brushes are ideal for watercolors, silk painting, ink, dye, acrylics or gouache. By itself, squirrel is delicate, but holds large amounts of color and releases washes with perfect control. These brushes are blended with synthetic fibers to resist wear, and to maintain a wonderful snap and spring. The soft blend of natural and synthetic hairs allows the brush to accomplish multi-layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet it is firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. Black Velvet brushes are very attractive, featuring polished black ferrules, carefully fitted to glossed black handles, each with a distinctive silver neck band. The Series 3008S Square Wash has beveled-tip black plastic handles for scraping or burnishing. Series 3014S Flat Wash has ferrules of stainless steel and flat hardwood handles lacquered with black gloss and silver tips.