Buying brushes for Shodo can be difficult and intimidating. There are so many options: different styles, size, shape, and quality. I am in this situation myself as well. Even to me is hard to choose which brush I want to buy. I have collected quite a few brushes throughout the years, some better than others.
The choices are not many, unfortunately. I usually get my “everyday” brushes from Daiso Japan, a cheap Japanese goods online store. Better quality brushes I get them through different websites that specialize in either Chinese or Japanese brushes. Recently I came across the Bill Buchman Zen Brush and decided to give it a try. They sell them at most local art supply stores and are all over Amazon. What is interesting is that this brush is made in China but it’s branded with the American name Bill Buchman, a painter who has his own line of brushes. This is good because it is making the Sumi and Shodo brushes available to many here in the US. However, after using the brush for a few days, I find it a little difficult to use and can’t recommend it to beginners.
In the video above I show you how the brush does on the paper as well as my thoughts and impressions.