||01-13-2010 05:56 AM
Looked them up. UK company so we would not know of them in the US.
Plastic handles scare me and am not sure having a paint can opener built into the end is a selling feature for me. Was not wowed by the way the bristles at the heel seemed fastened. I guess the triangular design for the edging brush is intriguing but why not just offer an angled sash brush you can shape as needed?
The handles were not long enough to give me the balance and steering control I am accustomed to having although I suppose I could adjust?
The packaging and price point scared me most---12 pounds for the whole set, one size of which would ever be useful? That's like $24US (haven't paid attention to currency rates) for three brushes? Scary people. They really look like consumer product brushes to me and I wish you all would listen to us who do this for a living.
Buy good brushes. Retail, a nice 2.5 inch Purdy or Wooster for latex will set you back $15US on sale. Stomp your feet at the paint store where you should buy them, and demand a discount if your buying lots of paint too or just for fun even if you are only buying a couple of brushes. They will work with you (although SWilliams seems to be becoming annoyingly corporate) as they know they are sort of in competition with the box stores. If you take care of nice brushes they will last you for the entire time you have your house. I can get years out of the ones I use everyday rotating them through different stages of service.
Oh, and by the way, I used to saw the handle off one brand new brush now and then to get into tight places where the long handle is in the way. Wooster now makes these cuter than H stubbie things that come in handy when you need them. Get one for such reasons. They are like $8US retail? If you happen to have a little five year old around that insists on helping? They are the perfect size for that size hand too and you might as well teach kids to use nice tools?
If you do any work with oil-based products the last thing you want to do is skimp on the brush or the solvents to clean them either---gasoline is not a good choice. Purdy still makes the best brushes for oil in my opinion. When I think of it, I have never owned a Wooster natural bristle brush and wonder if they ever made them? I would certainly trust the brand and manufacturing.