Pentel Standard Brush Pen - Tsumi Tip

Pentel Standard Brush Pen - Tsumi Tip

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4.7 (12 reviews)
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Asia's long history of chinese calligraphy and drawing make it a great source for quality brush pens.  These brush pens from Pentel feature nylon brush tips and are filled with aqueous dye-based inks that are great  for painting or sketching on the go.  Flexible nibs allow varying line widths and are easily refilled with black or gray color cartridges. 

The Pentel Standard Brushes differ according to the denseness of the brush tips. For example, the Tsumi tip is more densely packed than Suki tip (meaning it has more hair). If we rank the tips in terms of thickness, they would be: Medium > Tsumi > Suki > Extra Fine.

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I bought this brush pen,...
August 25, 2011
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I bought this brush pen, alongside others, to test whether there was anything better than my so-far-favourite Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PENTEL XGFKP-A)
Although the size of this pentel standard tsumi tip might be surprisingly big for some, I do like quite the feel of it. It makes kanji strokes look beautiful and artistic with the light "spring" in the tip, I adore that. The ink is nicely black as well, however all in all I still prefer the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. For one, ots ink seems to come out a bit more regularly and "completely". With the Standard Brush Pen, when writing on normal printing paper, the ink is a little "runny", or rather, the contours aren't smooth. Another point is, that when water is applied to the paper, the ink will run a little, and the background will colour lightly pink. With the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen however, nothing happens. It's absolutely water proof.
Hope I could be helpful to some!
4 people found this helpful
This is a great product,...
October 8, 2011
This is a great product, I never really used brushes before but now I use this all the time for rough sketching as it forces you to be less detail obsessed and loose. I have the standard tip but I plan on picking up the fine tip to see how it fairs on detailing finished illustrations. At the moment I mainly only use it on finished inking for the bold outer lines or to block in shadow regions.

Also, I feel like I need to correct a couple of the reviews above that are mistakenly thinking the little white (or other colours depending on the tip) ring is a seal. It is not a seal and is meant to be discarded (the instructions show this), the pen should look like it does in the below test illustration, the ink reservoir simply attaches directly to the clear plastic grip section.

I hope this is helpful as I have read others marking this product line down for "flow issues" when I am afraid they are actually assembling it incorrectly.

Just to reiterate, this is an excellent product, much less annoying/ messy than an actual brush and ink and please ignore the reviews that mention flow issues, it's actually not a real flaw or problem.

3 people found this helpful
This is a superb product...
October 8, 2011
This is a superb product which I now use constantly for idea sketching as well as for larger lines and areas on finished illustration. On a lighter fine grain paper or bristol board it gives a very smooth line but on rougher sketch paper you get more of a visible, ragged edged look. I think it also depends on how absorbent the paper is but regardless this product is great because you can regulate flow by applying pressure to the ink reservoir.

This brings me to my other point, which is that one of the reviews here states that the plastic ring (white on this pen, coloured on others) is some kind of seal. In actuality, this is meant to be discarded and it used I believe as a spacer while the pen is in it's packaging, to prevent the cartridge from being punctured. In other words you discard this item and attach the ink refill directly to the clear plastic grip section (this can be seen if you look closely to the photo with the test brush strokes).

I hope this helps as I was also a bit puzzled at first and I can see it would seriously impact this products quality to make this mistake. I plan on ordering the fine tipped version soon for fine detailing as I have really fallen in love with the feel to the point where my dip pens have been permanently retired.
2 people found this helpful
I'm not an artist, but...
August 18, 2010
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I'm not an artist, but I use this for the random occasions when I feel like doing a little calligraphy and don't want to pull out my ink, brush, and inkwell. The ink is dark, and dries a little lighter than expected, but the control on this is fantastic. Squeeze a bit for some ink and relax to let it flow out. The ink's lasted me a while (a year), before I had to install a refill.
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A little hard to use...
June 14, 2016
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A little hard to use at first, but you get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Make sure to heavily saturate the brush before laying it down on your work for that deep black. Otherwise you'll end up with a dark grey when it dries.