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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.

Hanga Bake

Maru Bake

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 detail work.

We have a selection of both types:

We also have some 'mizu-bake' (water brushes), used for moistening the printing paper: