not nearly 'nuff...Wooster Alpha. 'Nuff said,
I would send you an E&J but your in canada. Take a trip south sometime and pick one up from me.I do mostly interior and use them on walls. They cut in great and go a long way with one dip. Clean up is easy. I first tried them looking for something to push Ben Moore paints and worked very well. I tried a Wooster chinex a few years back and tips would bend out of shape at about 1/8 inch.
Have you tried any E&J?Alphas were my favorite brush for years, I've been converted to the Picasso but I still buy Alphas when I can't get a Picasso. I think the Alpha actually works pretty good for exteriors and definitely interior. They're pretty firm and can cut in and hold their shape ,unlike my experience with Purdys, even on rougher exterior surface.
I found this really interesting:
Have not tried E and J. I am in Canada and shipping rates are crazy from US. I get the Alpha's on Amazon Canada when the shipping is free . Most of the time it isn't for some reason and is really high. Home Depot in Canada has some Woosters after ditching Purdy which I tried and were crap. They offer a Chinex which is pretty good. Different from one I had bought online. Maybe they are made just for Home Depot.
The closest to wooster alpha would be the GenY Tynex/Orel. Very similar to corona cortez.I found this really interesting:
"With 214 years experience it is safe to say E&J has mastered the art of brush making! Elder & Jenks the nation’s oldest continuously operating brush and roller maker opened its doors in 1793." (although recently acquired by WHIZZ?)
In order to compare apples to apples, I argue that we need to know which bristles we are talking about first, Different Bristles are designed for different paints, and applications. Obviously natural bristle with oils and synthetic bristles for water based, softer bristles create smooth surfaces, stiffer bristles cut straighter lines. There are dozens of synthetic filaments on the market, which ones are we talking about?
Start there and then break down the brush construction into other desirable elements (ie., Birch, Alder, and Maple handles; stainless vs. Copper ferrules, etc...).
E&J are found at local Ben Moore stores in the PNW, though switched packaging to the new company name of Whizz.I have not tried E&J, after reading through this thread I might need to though. Don't believe I've ever seen any around here