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I've had these pens for...
November 9, 2012
I've had these pens for over a year & they are, by far, the best disposable brush pens in the market. The Pilot brush pens don't compare to these pens. The Clean Color brush pens have real nylon bristles which provide more control & expressivity than felt tips. Prior to using to these brush pens, I used the Sakura Pigma, Copic brush fine liner, Faber Castell Pitt Pens,Akashiya Sai, Pental Standard & Kuratake Standard brush pens.

Here's a break-up on comparisons between these brush pens compared to the others:

1. Pens are water soluble which allows for nice smooth blendabilty which is near the level of the Kuratake nylon brush pens loaded up with water soluble ink.
Unlike the Pitt thin brush pens which end up having muddied colors when overlapping & mixing, Kuratake Clean Color's ink remains clear & vibrant.
2. Due to the above ink quality, ink isn't permanent & water resistant. Water & watercolor layered over it will make the ink bleed a bit. If you are looking for permanent ink, you are better off getting the Copic brush fine liners or loading up a refillable brush pen. The above other brands, even if the say they are water resistant, they still smear.
3. Brush is wider & thicker compared to the others (except for FC Pitt wide brush--which are terrible- & Kuratake Standard & Pental Standard). For fine lines, I recommend the Copics. Down the road, it would be nice if there was some other widths.
4. The good thing about the brush width is that you can fluctuate between thicknesses--about a #3 to #7 size.
5. Price is reasonable; compared to other disposables, it's a good value.
6. Brush handles are light & round. My preference for drawing tools is for them to be weighted, balanced & with edges, like Kaweco pens. However, this is very individual.
7. Handles are cheap looking, plastic & disposable. So, there is a larger carbon footprint compared to Copics, Kuratake fountain brush pens, & Platinum Refillable pens. I would love it if Kuratake would have metal bodies that were refillable rather than using so much plastic.
8. Pens are very clean, controllable & have consistent ink-- no prepping or pooling. When brush pens were new in the States back in 1990s, I used Pental Standards as they had a large range of colors & flexible tips for a felt tip. However, Pental Standards needed prepping & frequently, the ink would clog & suddenly explode, ruining any drawing & my hands-- Pental Standards are a mess!
9. There is a huge variety of colors; around 60 colors! One of my other fave online/brick & mortar stores has the full line of the brush pens. It would be great if Jetpens carried the whole line & the larger sets. With the variety & blendibility, the full line provides an emmense variability of color. The only thing that is missing is that there's no metallic or luminescent colors (unlike Pental Standards). Metallic inks can be trickier because the particles tend to clog up pens that aren't dip brushes. If possible, I would love shiney & luminescent colors.

I primarily use these brush pens to color illustrations when I want to have more of a flat ink look rather than light washes & for mandalas (which result in vibrant blendible & contrasting colors & design). They work nicely with Inktense pencils, Permanent ink in refillable brush pens, fine liners, oil crayons & especially the Sakura Jelly pens.

Jetpens, do you thin you could carry the whole line if there's interest?

Highly recommended.
21 people found this helpful
morphomarksarts
I'm no brush pen or watercolor...
July 18, 2013
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I'm no brush pen or watercolor expert. I do love these pens. The biggest pluses are:

1. The tips are very fine, allowing for good detail work, and good line weight variation, and the bristles stay firm and rigid with good snap back.

2. The colors are very vibrant; moreso that straight Copic markers. My drawings really pop with these.

3. Great watercolor blending. With cheaper pens, when you apply water, you'll get a border where your actual line ended, and where the water blended or pushed the ink. With these, you get a very nice, smooth blend.

I just saw from the above review that there were more colors available. Jetpens really should expend the available colors.
7 people found this helpful
jasonweaveresq
Very disappointed with...
April 26, 2016
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Very disappointed with these pens -- liked them at first, but after just two small drawings, some of the colors are already running out of ink -- including colors that were used only for small accent areas. This is not acceptable performance, and I will not be purchasing these again!
This is my first time...
April 11, 2016
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This is my first time using a Kuretake brush pen, and they compare favorably to others I have purchased through JetPens. The brush tips are very fine and flexible, and the colors are dense, clear and true. I use these primarily for coloring mandalas, but also for brush calligraphy, and they are excellent for both uses. Highly recommended.
These are quite lovely...
April 1, 2016
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These are quite lovely for a portable/travel watercolor option! No mess, no fuss, toss them in your bag and go.
really disappointed with...
January 9, 2016
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really disappointed with these... here's a pro/con list:
pros:
-bright colors
(thats it.)

cons:
- VERY inconsistent with color distribution.
-if you need to color something over again, it will be VERY VISIBLE that you did.
-requires VERY precise usage if you want to use them in any coloring situation. big area, small area, you name it.
-way too expensive for the quality.

If you want nice markers, try the Tombow Double-Ended Marker. Great colors, easy control, and high quality.
If you want a more expensive nice marker, try Copics.
Please, I beg you, do not waste your money on these like I did.
Love Love Love these...
June 14, 2015
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Love Love Love these brush pens...Work great on water color paper..
plallathin
Love these brush pens!...
June 8, 2015
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Love these brush pens! The colors are so vibrant and blend well with water and with other colors, too.
I love these pens, this...
May 26, 2015
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I love these pens, this is a replacement set as my old set I've used up a couple of the colors. I wish it was possible to just buy 1 pen… but the set is a good value and I like that I can blend the colors with a water brush.
emagliacane
Love, love, love these....
May 26, 2015
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Love, love, love these. They are easy to work with. Can't to try them some more.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful product. I will share this website with my family and friends.
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