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Hello, and a wonderfull...
March 28, 2009
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)

I am one of the crazy illustrators and freelance-artists mentioned here, who eagerly requested these pens, nib refills AND Pens...

This pen is proof that even the best synthetics can not mess with mother natures gifts.

The Kuretake DV140-40/50 is THE best Brushpen I have ever had the pleasure to handle.

TIP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

It's natural sable bristles offer a higher flexibility than any other pen with a brush-like tip you might find on this page, better than the Pentel GFKP FP10 or the Kuretake DV140-13C or or or... I have them all, but THIS one is the best.

In the beginning there is a cartridge inserted in the tip with oil and water, so the bristles do not dry out, a very clever idea by the company.

The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, offer a very high resiliency and very good controll of pressure and line width.

After 9 months of being in use and 27 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.

Sometimes you should clean the tip, just use some cold to mid-temperated water and wipe the pen out on a clean tissue.
For larger areas, you should, after all, stick to synthetic bristles, since natural hair is more about control and detail, and not for fast colouring of large areas, which would (di)stress the hairs a lot.

BARREL AND CAP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "resistance" 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 or resin, 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, but invested this pen it is more than worth the money.

For some people this pen might seem heavy, it is around 18 to 20 gramms, somewhere very close to the Pilot D├ęcimo which has 20gr. So it might be too heavy for some, but it is perfect for me.

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

INK:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

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.

And you can use any "noodlers" (have not tried the eel-inks) to refill empty cartridges with a syringe.

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Kuretake DV140-40 AND DV140-50 are all getting five stars, since they are very close one to antoher in weight, and since they share the same tip their performance equals one another very closely, too.

And they are highly better than the synthetic counterparts of the DV140-13C.

Forget about all the other brush-pens which use synthetic bristles, when you use this kind of pens a lot, buy one with natural bristles, especially if you are up to detailed, evry controlled work.

8 people found this helpful
I just made my mother...
December 10, 2014
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I just made my mother a very happy woman. she is an avid caligrapher but due to a recent stroke, she has not been able to practice with her traditional set of brushes and ink. this "fountain hair brush" is so convenient to use that she restarted practicing again the moment I gave it to her. it works like a normal fountain pen but writes very much as a high quality brush.

I put on the converter and load it with Noodler's black ink. this way she can practice without needing to use the expensive ink cartridge. She said the saturation of the black fountain pen ink and the feel of it on the brush are far from that of the traditional ink (the type that you have to grind an ink stick on stone is thick and viscid ). However, the brush itself is of excellent quality. The price is a bargain too; those sable brushes she normally uses cost hundreds a piece. This one is too small for Chinese calligraphy, so she can only use it for practice - but at least she can start doing that and she is so excited.
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jerry Lee
The previous review pretty...
October 6, 2009
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The previous review pretty much says it all - this is a gorgeous brush and I am thrilled to use it! I usually use a Windsor Newton Series 7, but this is beyond that! For one thing, it's portable! If you are serious about doing inking, this is well worth the money to invest. It is FAR better than the synthetics!
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This pen is exquisite....
December 27, 2014
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This pen is exquisite. Sometimes the hairs on the tip stray so I'll probably have to look up how to fix that.

I would say you can get the same amount of details as a .3 pen but nothing finer
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Absolutely amazing pen....
January 19, 2016
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Absolutely amazing pen. It really was even more than I expected. The brush is perfect, just the right amount of spring, lays down a great wet line of ink, balanced perfectly and looks incredible. Would recommend to everyone!
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Love this pen, glad Jet...
January 20, 2015
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Love this pen, glad Jet Pens had it - last time I got this was directly in Ginza, Tokyo. Works well, shipping was faster than promised and trouble-free. Will come here again for more pens!
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