Brushes for woodblock
printmaking in the Edo period in Japan were all of
the type now known as the 'hanga-bake' (bah-kay).
These are 'upright' brushes, with a tall handle
made of split wood. Around the end of the Meiji era
printers switched over to the 'maru-bake' type,
these brushes being somewhat easier to hold and
use, and usually holding more pigment.
Most modern printers now use the maru-bake for
the bulk of their work, with the hanga-bake now
being only commonly available in smaller sizes, for
We have a selection of both types:
We also have some 'mizu-bake' (water brushes), used for moistening
the printing paper: