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This pen is a great brush...
, July 31, 2010
This pen is a great brush pen, and I am pleased to add it to my collection.
I should start off by describing the way I have been using this pen. I am an
intermediate Japanese student who has been practicing the kanji to memorize
them, and since I also work with traditional Japanese calligraphy and making my
own ink, I already am aware of the pros and cons of using a (real or synthetic)
brush. So basically, I can't really review this from an artist's standpoint, and
I have no idea whether it would be useful for that purpose, though I imagine it
The Kuretake No. 8 writes very well, but you obviously have to remember to not
use it like you would a pen--you'll put too much pressure on it and the lines
will be sloppy. Many have complained about the Kuretake ink not being waterproof
(though it does become waterproof over the course of a few weeks), but I've
heard the carbon ink fits and is waterproof instantly or very soon after
drawing. I haven't tested those claims, and frankly this is perfect for me since
I don't do drawing with these. The ball bearing that mixes the ink is ingenious
I was impressed with the amount of control this brush has when compared to a
real calligraphy brush, and it does indeed come quite close. In fact, I've found
that since this tip is a bit smaller than the ones I've been using that I can
almost put down lines so thin it looks like handwriting (but obviously a little
thicker than a pen). This tip is essentially the same as the No. 13, and I find
it has great control when doing strokes. I really dislike the felt tip brush
pens mostly because they don't really seem to have the level of control that a
brush tip does.
I can't really touch on how well this works with other ink, but if you need to
practice writing characters like me to aid memorization, this pen is a great
choice. It really replicates the feel of a natural brush fairly well for the
money, though it still is not as controlled as a brush pen or brush with real
hair, but in this price range, I think it's a winner. I took off a bit from my
rating only because the pen appears a bit more "disposable" in nature than it
could, but that's really my only complaint thus far. It's functionally a great
pen and if you're on the fence, I don't think you will regret taking the plunge.
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I just wanted to add...
, July 16, 2010
I just wanted to add to my earlier review favouring this brushpen over the
Pentel standard. I am not bought or a Jetpen goon, but I do not want to
misrepresent something good. Having used the Pentel more underlines my initial
impression of both having their uses, but even more I love them equally now. In
short, try both: Kuriyaki no.8 = rounded soft controllability, Pentel Standard =
rustic squared off lines and snappy elasticity.
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So far I've only used...
, April 28, 2010
So far I've only used the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and this one, but I like this
one much better. The ink flows faster, allowing fast strokes to stay more
saturated. The tip of the pen body is more tapered, so you can comfortably hold
it further down for more precise work. Also what's cool is the Kuretake ink
cartridges have a small metal ball blocking the hole - when you snap the
cartridge into the pen, the ball is forced into the cartridge where it stays and
keeps the ink mixed up. Awesome!
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This pen is a joy to...
, March 29, 2010
This pen is a joy to draw with. It's similar to the Pentel Pocket Brush, but
with a touch more responsiveness. Of all the brush pens I've tried, this one is
the most like using an actual brush.
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The Kuretake Fountain...
, August 9, 2008
The Kuretake Fountain Hair Brush Pen has functionally the same nib as the
Kuretake #13 Fountain Brush Pen. The Kuretake Fountain Hair Brush Pen is not
nearly as pretty and the plain brown plastic body is so long that posting the
cap makes the pen feel unwieldy. However, the pen's use without its cap posted
is like using the #13 pen with that pen's cap posted. If you are going for
function and not looks, then save money and buy this pen rather than the #13
pen. Both pens are very fun to use and come with cartridges of black,
non-waterproof ink, but accept the Platinum cartridges of black waterproof ink
(also sold by JetPens).