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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