Average Customer Review
(8 customer reviews)
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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!
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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).
I love this brush pen...
, May 30, 2012
I love this brush pen for sketching.
It's size is just a tad too long to easily fit into my sketching set, so I
usually leave it at home. However, it's a great brush pen. the point is nearly
perfect for sketching and comes back to a nice fine point after applying a broad
swath of ink to the page.
A great first brush pen that will get you addicted to the style.
I received this pen today...
, March 22, 2011
I received this pen today and rushed to try it out. I like the way it feels and
how well it delivers the ink. Actually this is my second of this pen, but the
first one that came was broken in transit. JetPens was kind enough to replace it
for me! I give them big points for that! But back to the pen, it's lovely, and
works well, but unfortunately the ink doesn't stand up to my watercolors. But I
look forward to using it with colored pencil instead!
I do so hope that this...
, March 4, 2010
I do so hope that this gets noticed in the sea of (Kuretake especially) brush
pens available, because I will need another one (or five) once mine wears out.
It's basically a long pointy and fair haired high quality synthetic brush
plugged into a well-fed pen, like a proper brush that never runs out. No squeeze
necessary. The body is very snazzy in a utilitarian functional way, it doesen't
show in the pic but it's like a slightly metallic cold brown with a subtle shift
towards red/pink. The cap has three raised ridges to stop it from rolling (nice
attention to detail). The elongated barrel is comfortable and does make it more
brushlike, a normal pen body would probably have affected its usability
negatively. It weighs next to nothing like it should. I use it for art, and
having only plugged in a Pentel Standard super fine for a short spin (with the
hideous off-blue black ink bundled with it so maybe I'm not objective) I easily
prefer this over that for my own uses which is typical fine art ink drawings -
think tapered clouds with brush cross hatching or comics/illustrations with
rustic patterns and textures. I think both have their use and I really haven't
fully evaluated the Pentel yet so dont hesitate to try either, but this is a
comparably soft (but still perky elastic) brush with which only your dexterity,
pace and handling is the limit to how fine and expressive a stroke you can make
with it. The Pentel felt more stubby. Works great with Platinum carbon ink
cartridges and like noted the flow can be everything from somewhat dry to wet
depending on how you store it, how much you lace on with it, if you shake it to
get the flow going and so on. I recommend to store it horizontally laying down.