This is Black Velvet short handle blend squirrel and risslon is made from squirrel hair and black synthetic filaments of blend creates ideal working tools for the watercolorist, silk painter and artists working with inks, dyes, acrylics or gouache.hair holds large amounts of color and releases it with perfect control. This soft blend allows multiple layer glazing without disturbing previous colors and yet it’s firms are enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. Black Velvet features polished black ferrule, carefully fitted to gloss black handle, each with a distinctive silver neck band. Available in round shape and size 6. Measures 7-3/4-inch length by 1/3-inch width by 1/3-inch height.