What's a Kolinsky?

Submitted by Jerry C on 8/16/06 at 8:16 PM. ( )

A Kolinsky I think, is a Russian mammal, but what is it related to? I know they use its tail for art and cosmetic brushes, but I can't find much on the animal itself. Any mammal experts out there to enlighten me?

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I Believe...

This response submitted by Old Fart on 8/16/06 at 9:01 PM. ( )

...That Kolinski brushes are made from the tail of a squirrel. I seem to recall reading that in one of my art supply catalogs.

Mustela siberica

This response submitted by just little ole me on 8/16/06 at 9:45 PM. ( )

The name "kolinsky," however, is currently used to denote the hair acquired from the Asian mink, Mustela siberica. They use the tail hair.


This response submitted by - on 8/16/06 at 10:11 PM. ( )

Mustela siberica
The pelts are used to make 'plucked weasel' and 'weasel' type plates to make inexpensive fur garments.
They are currently consumed as a fur product in Russia and Asia mostly.
They are called "chinese mink" by some.
The tail hair is a by-product of the fur harvest.
The hair is a little silkier and more coarse then a regular wild mink.
The size of the critter is smaller then a wild mink in the USA. More like a big ermine.

Are you sure?

This response submitted by Dr.Z on 8/16/06 at 11:59 PM. ( )

Cause, I coulda swore that is what the Ukrainians call a "wedgie'.

Thanks to all but the Dr.

This response submitted by jerry C on 8/17/06 at 11:29 AM. ( )

I knew I wouldn't have to look "Fur" for an answer

Hope its not related to a lewinsky

This response submitted by Tb on 8/17/06 at 9:56 PM. ( )

We have had enough trouble with that flat tailed rodent.


This response submitted by Hogger on 8/19/06 at 2:00 AM. ( )

Kolinsky= "a polish Colon".

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