I was at a home center the other day, looking at their selection of brushes. What I found was a box of Wooster Shortcut brushes, for $5 and change each, and around the corner there were nearly 2 dozen pegs of these brushes. Looking at Amazon, they’re quite popular there too.
The Wooster Shortcut is a small-handled, and soft-handled brush with an angled 2″ wide head. They say that the handle is made from “Shergrip,” which I found to feel like a soft but firm and flexible plastic material.
The bristles are made from polyester with nylon tips, and is said to be suitable for all paints. I suppose it should be suitable for all kinds of other finishes, although it’s probably not the best choice. It’s also reasonably economical, at least compared to many other Wooster offerings.
The ferrule is made from brass-plated steel.
Wooster shows this brush as being used for random general purpose applications, such as clearing the dust off of a dirty home plate (baseball), and for clearing a computer keyboard.
At less than $6, I might give it a try for my next finishing project. I also think the small size might be good for other uses as well, such as clearing sawdust and debris off of woodworking tools. However, chip brushes are far less expensive for general purpose use where high quality isn’t really needed.
I also saw some other Wooster Shortcut-style brushes on the shelf, but this was by far the most plentifully stocked.
If you’ve used this before, what do you think of it? And what’s your experience with polyester and nylon-tipped brushes? What aren’t they good for?
Price: Less than $6