Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Red Body

Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Red Body

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4.4 (7 reviews)
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Set includes one brush pen and three black water-based dye ink refill cartridges. The famous Kuretake brush pens have fine nylon bristles perfect for creating strokes ranging from broad to super thin. Artists and calligraphers love Japanese brush pens because of their portability, convenience, and high quality. Ink cartridge refills and brush head replacements are available. The brush should optimally be used once a month, but if it dries, you can soak the tip in room temperature water overnight. Refill with a new cartridge after soaking. The brush pen is also compatible with the Platinum Fountain Pen Converter, giving artists the ability to try out all different types of inks.

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Hello, and a wonderfull...
November 16, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)

Interesting, for such an infamous pen with these fast de- and increasing numbers in any shops, that I am the first to write a short review here... nice.

The Kuretake DT140-13C is one of the better Bruspens I have used.
It's nylon bristles range, in flexibilitx and resiliency between the Kuretake Phys Waterbrush Pens and the Pentel FP10 GFKP Brush Pen.
The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, but sometimes it needs a short while with the pen closed, before it's tip is sharp again for working on crisp lines, especially after filling in larger areas, which stresses the bristles a lot.

After nearly two months and 8 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "reistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher.

The Pen is very lightweight, more lightweight than the Pentel GFKP, could be a little heavier, depending on the user, it's up to you whether this is good or bad.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

Kuretake DT140-13C only gets four of five stars because I prefer natural sable bristles, more stable, more sharp lines, and a better control of the line, like on the Kuretake DV140-40 oder DV140-50.
Anyway, it is still one of the best brush pens I have ever had the luck to own, thanks to JetPens. ^_^

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Disclaimer: I have not...
February 19, 2011
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Disclaimer: I have not used many true brush pens. All of my experience up to now has been Pigma microns or whatever their brush line was and Faber Castell Pitt Pens (Which I still have a crush on).

That said, moving to this pen from the felt brushes was like rediscovering drawing. And this brush is certainly good, or at least not bad. Both the convenience of free flowing ink and the expression of actual bristles.

Oh and the pen it self looks quite spiff.

If you're scared of the price, you can always get the Kuretake no.8, but the no.13 is quite nice, I think. I'm certainly going to be using the heck out of mine.

I might get a black one and put the platinum carbon ink in it just to have one with water (and marker!) proof ink, so I'm not limited to putting down brush strokes after I'm done coloring.

Would buy again.
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I really like the red...
August 18, 2011
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I really like the red finish, as it sets it apart from other pens. The brush is very responsive, and the ink that comes with it is a very nice black.
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I have used this pen...
January 27, 2016
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I have used this pen for about 8 years now, it needs to be cleaned often but is a beautiful brush pen.
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Before I go on, do NOT...
October 23, 2015
Before I go on, do NOT attempt to attach the cap to the end! The cap scratches the shinyness on the pen, and if you want a perfect pen then I don't suggest it.
Beautiful and lightweight, it runs out of ink quick (within a few weeks if used sparingly, probably within a week if used daily). I suggest some piston fill thingy and ink on the side if using heavily. Be careful with the tip, as it can get stray hairs out if you're not careful. Be cautious when replacing the cap. I've had this pen for over two years and I think some of the ink is starting to get out every now and then (or it could be my imagination). Although I love this pen it's not super flowy for calligraphy and drawing as you might think.
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