ESCODA insists the handmade process for tailor-quality brushes.
In the autumn of 1933, Josep Escoda Roig (1902-1982) founded in Sabadell, near Barcelona, a small business of paintbrushes for decoration and fine arts. It became the first factory in Spain, since artists had used brushes made in France and Germany until then.
This business’ activity only stopped due to the Civil War, but at the beginning of the 1940s it resumed activities, despite the difficulty to get quality raw material. The Escoda brush factory developed and grew. Josep’s main objective was to make the best brush, and that’s what he transmitted to his sons, Josep and Ricard, and they transmitted it to their daughter and sons, Anna, Ricard, Marc and Josep. Thus, it is the third generation of brush makers who love what they do, who know what the artist wants, and they are conscious of the fact that their industrial contribution is a small support to the world of art.
In 2001, the Escoda brush factory was awarded the coveted ISO 9001/100 certificate.
This award recognized Escoda as a company consistent in both quality and efficiency in the production of their products.
From the beginning, the Escoda family recognized that superior materials create a superior brush. They insist on using only the finest hairs from such animals as the Kolinsky sable of Tajmyr, the Russian squirrel and hog bristle from China. They have also incorporated eight kinds of artificial fibers with a wide variety of colors and diameters to produce brushes that are renowned by artists around the world. Gradually they introduce synthetic hairs achieve the same quality as natural hair.
The process of designing and creating Escoda brushes in their factory begins and ends with brush artisans. Each brush is meticulously crafted by hand.
A triple crimp is applied to the brush ensuring a fixed ferrule that will remain in place for a lifetime of use.
This triple crimp design is an exclusive trademark design for Escoda. The brush is then printed with a size, brand, series name, hair type and city where it is manufactured. The handle is then formed and shaped in a way to provide an ergonomic fit for the artist.
The final step of the brush making process involves simultaneously ironing and drying the brush hair.