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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!
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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.

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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.
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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.
I absolutely love this...
January 20, 2016
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I absolutely love this brush, I also have the medium. It's a nice variation from the medium, a little firmer, but not to firm.
Fun to use and play ...
October 27, 2015
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Fun to use and play with
i love this pen/brush,...
March 19, 2015
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i love this pen/brush, its great on location or in the studio!
This is a wonderful brush...
July 14, 2014
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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
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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!
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