Average Customer Review
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this brush pen,...
, August 25, 2011
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!
3 out of 3 people found the following review 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.
REMEMBER FOLKS, ALWAYS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm not an artist, but...
, August 18, 2010
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
1 out of 1 people found the following review 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.
This is a wonderful brush...
, July 14, 2014
This is a wonderful brush pen. Along with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
(http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Pen-for-Calligraphy/pd/1793) it is
my favourite pen for calligraphy.
You can achieve anything from a super fine line up to a very thick one. Some
reviewers seem to have trouble with the flow - I don't see that at all. The only
thing I suppose might be seen as "flow issue", is the "drying brush" effect this
pen at times achieves around the edges of your writing. I quite like the effect
though, so that's entirely fine with me.
The only thing that might be a downer is, that this brush pen is NOT waterproof.
It smudges even after quite some time of drying, while it's brother, the Pocket
Brush Pen, is entirely waterproof. If you're looking for that, buy the Pocket
one, a wonderful brush pen (I wrote a lengthy review on that one, if you'd like
to read about my experiences with it)
An upper: the bristles seem to be a little easier to control than the Pocket BP,
so writing western characters is a bit more controllable.
This has become the primary...
, January 9, 2014
This has become the primary tool in my sketching kit. It allows me to do
everything I would normally do with ink and brush, but portable and without the
mess. The line variation is excellent and allows for great sloshy, energetic
inking. It works well on smooth and textured paper, but I think I prefer it on
smooth paper, as it allows me to do tiny details without switching tools,
whereas on toothy paper it tends to run a little dry. I know some people find
the tip a little large and unwieldy, but that's a matter of drawing style. If
you're used to working with watercolour or liquid ink, this is actually a fair
bit more forgiving. You don't need an inhumanly feather-light hand to get
hairline marks out of it.
I have been using my brush HEAVILY for the past three months, and the tip is
still pristine. I definitely get more out of the hair brush than I have out of
its felt tip equivalents.
Overall, I highly recommend it!
This is a big brush pen...
, September 10, 2013
This is a big brush pen and I'm not sure it would be the best for travel
(although it is certainly an option). But for home/studio use, it's amazing.
The Tsumi brush tip is soft and springy enough to give smooth, expressive lines.
It isn't totally waterproof, but that works for me where others might prefer
the pigmented versions of these pens. They hold plenty of ink (yes, I purchased
all six pens), and the sides are easy to squeeze for more ink, but not so soft
that you are giving up control over the ink flow. I am for sure buying more of
the Tsumi, since I can see myself using this one on a daily basis. For me, it's
exactly the right combination of brush length and density, springiness and ink
flow. Love it!
1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
It was very nice when...
, July 27, 2011
It was very nice when I used it, but after a while the mid seal just couldn't
take many uses and spurt ink out.
Has a very nice very black ink. It works really nice in making brushstrokes.
The white ring is the part where it screws into two pieces. It has a very weak
seal grip so if you squeeze it too hard you will get ink all over your hands.
The two pieces don't screw together tightly.