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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Lovely for Cartooning! As...
August 15, 2013
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Lovely for Cartooning!

As a self professed drawing tool junkie, I'm always looking out for the latest in brush pens. I just received the red Kuretaki No. 13 in the mail. Firstly, allow me to give JetPens a rave. I ordered the pen and two packs of Platinum Carbon Ink on a Monday and had it in hand that Thursday. Thanks for the quick service! Now onward to thine review..

The pen arrived nicely packaged, looking very handsome in its window box. It includes a box of Kuretake's own ink cartridges, which I haven't actually tried out yet, as I opted to install one of the Platinum cartridges instead. I've read where the Platinum ink dries darker than the ink supplied with the pen. The cartridge snapped in place easily, and I put the pen down for a few to let the ink load the brush tip. After about five minutes, I took off the cap to find the white nylon brushes now nice and glossy black. Before putting it to paper, I placed my former fave brush pen, a Pentel GFKP, next to the Kuretake to compare astheatics. The Pentel, while mad cute in its own rounded way, looked quite unsophisticated next to the red metal bling of the Kuretake. Just wanted to emphasize that it's a very sexy pen.

I drew some quick sketches with the Pentel first. Great feel as always. Then I tried out the Kuretake. Similar in feel to the Pentel, but I was able to get sharper, more defined strokes due to the shorter tip. I felt instantly comfortable feathering quick thin to thick to thin strokes. That's when I noticed the biggest advantage the Kuretake has over the Pentel. When I make quick strokes with the Pentel, I get that damned dry brush look. With the Kuretake, I have to flick it pretty fast until I get dry brush. For me, these two factors make the Kuretake worth the heftier price tag. So far, it actually is the best nylon brush pen I've come across, with the Pentel a very close second. I can see using the Pentel to fill larger areas of black and for broader line work, where the Kuretake would be used for the smaller details.

In my experience, nothing beats a true sable brush, so a fancy-shmancy Kaimei or Kuretake true sable hair brush pen will be my next win. In the meantime, the Kuretake No. 13 is doing me fine for everyday and on the go use. I will gladly be ordering a black backup very soon.

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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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