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Buy all Quills by Mack Brush here, we carry the widest selection of the Andrew Mack Brush company. Amazing Quills of all Kinds. Quills are used for hand lettering. Brown quills have soft fine hair and for smooth surfaces are used with fine pigments enamels, inks and varnishes. Gray Quills hair is medium to coarse hair for fine to coarse surfaces and are able to carry heavy pigmented enamels, japan color, poster colors, water base Tempera 's and Latex. Red Sable Quills are slightly more coarse, not as coarse as bristle due to thickness. Quills of Sable hair are used for Show Card writing because they can maintain a sharp edge while carrying a heavy load of paint. Quills can be used in oil or water based paints, but a good mentor will teach you to keep brushes to use just for water paints and a separate set of brushes for oil based paints that are always kept oiled so paint wont every dry in the brush. I you use water based paints on Quills, make sure to clean out very well, because many water based paints are very hard on brush hair, avoid dawn dish washing soap residues and use ivory natural soap and rinse well and reshape brush to dry. other names for Quill Brushes: quills by mack brush, brown quills, gray quills, red sable quills, lettering quills, for glass wood and metal signs lettering and pinstriping lines letters and graphics. Calligraphy quills, decorating quills, art quills and mack brush quills listed below