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This pen is a great brush...
July 31, 2010
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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 would.

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 to me.

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. :P
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So far I've only used...
April 28, 2010
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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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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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The Kuretake Fountain...
August 9, 2008
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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).
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This pen is a joy to...
March 29, 2010
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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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I like the Pentel Brush...
February 11, 2016
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I like the Pentel Brush pen and the #22 better -- and the ink is not waterproof but it will take a Carbon cartridge -- but it is a good pen so far.
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Love love love this pen....
February 9, 2016
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Love love love this pen. Just totally ace. It has an absolutely fantastic ink flow and the brush is very very very soft. My brush pen before this one was a lot harder and I burned through the ink on that one pretty quickly. This one is definitely retaining the ink better and I haven't had to change out the ink cartridge yet. 10/10 am definitely buying again.
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After having had this...
December 14, 2014
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After having had this pen for approximately three years, here are my thoughts on how it holds up:

From the beginning, the tip's loose flexibility seems to encourage expressive, fluid drawing, rather than controlled, tight inking of pencil drawings (I think the Pentel Pocket is better for control, as it is snappier). The tip is shorter than the Pentel Pocket brush's tip. Line variability was good, though after three years it has lost its ability to make hairline strokes, while the Pentel Pocket brush is still going strong. The ink included with the pen is not waterproof, but it is compatible with the carbon black ink (and shows no sign of ever clogging) so that is an easy fix. While it is new this pen is great.
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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.
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One of my favorite brush...
May 14, 2016
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One of my favorite brush pens. My only issue the when you put a new cartilage in it wells up so well it starts to leak. Have to have tissue when I ink with this. Platinum Carbon Ink can be used with this which is great. But the ink that comes with it is so black
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