Get in touch with nature as you draw with these beautiful bamboo barrel brush pens. These modern brush pens are made of real bamboo wood, and are a sophisticated tool for artists and calligraphers alike. They are made by the famous Akashiya Company, a maker that has had a long history of specializing in traditional Sumi-e (Asian art) brush pens. Their history and experience is evident in the quality and variety of their brush pens. Pens are conveniently refillable with cartridges and come in three barrel colors.
I'm an illustrator and wanted a companion brush pen to haul around and sketch
with. While the pen has a great feel, the point does not hold as crisp as my
much uglier, cheaper pentels, and not quite as satifying a snap. It also does
not have as opaque an ink. However, high marks for beauty on this pen which
almost makes up for it. The bamboo body is very well crafted and feels great to
draw or write with. The plastic components on the closure made me raise an
eyebrow at first but after pretty heavy use the cap still has a great,
confidence inducing fit. Feels like unsheathing a sword when you pull the cap
I love this pen! Very convenient to carry along, no leaking and creates a
beautiful expressive line with little effort on my part. Bought this one for
myself -- the set with blue silk case and a lovely little wooden box is the same
pen, but a much more elegant presentation for a special gift.
I'm a comic artist, and I've been using this brushpen in lieu of an actual brush
for months. Very convenient to carry around in my inking pouch, and it fits the
hand better than other brushpens I've purchased in the past. The brush has a
great amount of give, allowing for some really expressive lines, and the
brushpen is fantastic for both serious inking and noodling about in a
sketchbook. My only complaint is that I can't refill the cartridges with my
choice of ink, I've found that any ink besides the ink in the Akashiya
cartridges clogs the natural bristles of the brush. This is a problem as the
Akashiya ink is slightly greyer than the other inks I use, and requires a little
extra tweaking in Photoshop. Other than that, a great product.
This is a fantastic brush pen, with bristles that are soft and very responsive.
The brush is broad and long enough for large, thick characters, yet the tip is
sharp enough to handle very fine lines (although doing so requires careful
control, as the previous reviewer discovered, because the brush moves so
fluidly). This is a true joy to write with, and it's beautiful as well. I love