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Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen - Black

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Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen - Black - AKASHIYA CA200-12
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The innovative design of these SAI brush pens from Akashiya is what helped it win the 2007 ISOT Stationery of the Year award in Japan. SAI brushes have the potential to revolutionize painting as we know it, allowing artists to create beautiful artwork from an elegant, non-messy tool. The brushes are a great combination of traditional sumi-e (Asian art) brush quality and modern brush functionality and portability.

SAI brushes are the first of its kind to reproduce water-soluble brushes in a self-contained, disposable form. It can be used with a water brush (such as the Pentel Aquash) to produce amazing gradients and effects. Colors can be mixed with water to create lighter shades, combined with other colors to create new colors, etc. The brushes are always ready to paint whenever you are, and you can cap them when you are finished. No wonder they created so much buzz in Japan. JetPens is proud to search out great products like these and bring them to you!

The following pictures show some painting techniques and example artwork that can be created using these brushes:

There are 20 beautiful individual brush ink colors. See what they look like either unaltered or diluted on paper below:

A special pigment ink waterproof outline brush is also available for drawing purposes. The following picture shows a leaf drawn with an outline brush and a leaf drawn using the regular black water-soluble brush:

Like many watercolors, the SAI brush colors other than black are not light resistant, so colors will fade if kept in sunny areas. These brushes are perfect for journaling or painting artwork for indoors.

Model NumberAKASHIYA CA200-12
Weight0.4 ounces
Body Color Black
Body Material Plastic
Clippable No
Diameter - Grip 9 mm
Diameter - Max 9 mm
Grip Color Black
Grip Material Plastic
Ink Characteristics Water-Soluble
Ink Refillable No
Length - Capped 16.9 cm
Length - Posted 19.1 cm
Length - Uncapped 15.8 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Black
Tip Length 9 mm
Tip Material Synthetic Hair
Tip Replaceable No


October 30, 2014
I used this to draw with....
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I used this to draw with. The ink is good and black, surprised me. Also, not so easy to smear once dried and also fairly waterproof (maybe not 100%, but very good). With a little bit of effort, you can get very thin lines or semi-thick lines. I am more of a pen person, so I could not draw smaller drawings with this pen as I would like, I had to keep the drawings larger or else I would loose control of my line. If you are good with a brush, this may be a good pen for you -- I would certainly recommend trying it. UNLESS, you expect the ink to be very watercolor like and easily mixed, then you will be disappointed, but if you want an out line pen that won't easily run when watercolor brushes over it, this will work for you.

July 2, 2014
It's a very nice brush...
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It's a very nice brush pen, but I didn't find its "watercolor" properties to be all that present or outstanding. There are other fountain pen inks available that are more water soluble than the ink in this brush pen. But that might just be due to it being black. For getting interesting gradient effects, I felt like I had to put a lot of effort and use a great deal of water to do so. Otherwise, the ink remained quite dark. For all the effort, I think just using a regular sumi ink or watercolor paint would be a better use of my time.

Still, this is a nice disposable brush pen, with a great range of line-widths. When the ink dries, it's very opaque, and I would say it's darn near waterproof. While not functioning quite the way I wanted it to based on the description, I would still keep this with my watercolor kit for adding detail. If this were refillable and at the same price, I'd give it five stars.

April 10, 2014
A great brush pen all...
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A great brush pen all around. 5 stars.
Gives a generally bluer/greyer black (than Kuretake no.33 brush marker, or the Akashiya Sai Pigment Brush Pen for example).

October 29, 2013
One of the best brush...
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One of the best brush pens I own. It has a phenomenal character and allows for a multitude of line weights. The tip has stayed sharp much longer than the Pigma Sakura and Le Pen brands I have tried in the past.