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As always, when I buy...
March 29, 2012
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As always, when I buy from JetPens, this pen arrived very quickly after I ordered it.

The other reviews of this pen have focused on writing and haven't been that favorable, but as an artist who sketches out in the field I think it is just fabulous! I can get very fine and very fat lines all from one pen by changing the angle of the nib. I've tried many different kinds of pens and have never quite been satisfied with what I'm able to do with any given tool. This pen has changed all of that and I'm really not sure how I've survived as an artist all these years without one!

I would have given it a perfect rating but for one thing and that is it's miniscule ink reservoir. I've used the same reservoir in my Sailor HighAce Neo Beginner's fountain pen and have had to carry ink with me when I'm out sketching because, even with that fine nib, I can't finish an 8 x 5 inch sketch with the ink available. The Sailor DE Brush Stroke Pen uses far more ink because of it's ability to make fat lines and, thus, runs out much faster. The pen body is quite long -- it would be great to have a reservoir that would easily fit in it and allow for more drawing time before stopping to refuel.

I have small hands and was worried that the fuller body might be a problem for me but it's very light-weight and has been easy to use.

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I heard about this pen...
March 23, 2013
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I heard about this pen from a professional artist who uses it constantly for sketching. So I purchased one here (where else?) to see how it compares with a brush pen or a waterbrush.

Now I see what the fuss is about! With a minimal turn of the wrist, you can transition from drawing a fine line to drawing a very thick line that looked almost 3 mm thick. The Sailor nano black ink is lightfast and waterproof, so you can wash over the lines with colors if you want. The Sailor cartridge is fairly capacious, more so than the tiny international ones, or a converter could be used for bottled ink. The cartridge makes a lot of sense for traveling around.

The unusual length of the barrel is not only comfortable in the hand, but it hides a nifty secret: you can put a spare cartridge in there behind the one in use. In fact, the pen comes with two cartridges (I assume not the nano black) in it. Can you say road trip convenience?

I don't write in Asian characters, so I can't say how this pen works for those - sounds pretty popular - but it is both fun and practical for drawing.
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Interesting is a good...
March 6, 2012
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Interesting is a good word for this pen. The nib has a lot of potential, and it's great to see such an interesting nib at a relatively friendly price point. I feel like it will take work to explore the different ways of putting nib to paper and bring it out, though, but it brings out character and shading in Sailor's inks (I've tried the blue black to good results). One warning: do not attempt to post the cap on the back end. I did so, and it fit, but the black cap on the back popped off and got wedged inside it- it's not easy to get out.
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This is definitely an...
October 23, 2010
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This is definitely an interesting and unique pen. By extending and angling the nib of a traditional fountain pen, the Sailor DE Brush Stroke pen manages the create the same look as "brush and ink", with much greater control. By changing the angle at which the nib touches the paper, you are able to make lines of varying width. Ink flow is good, and surprisingly even, particularly when you are moving the nib quickly across the paper. The pen comes with two cartridges, and no converter.
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This is the third one...
October 27, 2015
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This is the third one I've bought--NICE sketching tools, thank you!
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This pen has been a great...
October 16, 2014
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This pen has been a great addition to my inking tools and it's also my first fountain pen. It's a great first fountain pen. I have experience with nib pens but this was obviously a bit different. Although the instructions are foreign the pictures are easy enough to understand for those that have never used a fountain pen. Note that I bought a few new multiliners to get finer details. The Marvy LePens go well with it if you use the black nano ink.

It comes with a couple of blue black ink cartridges which are copic proof and very nice quality. I purchased the ultra black nano ink cartridges which of course work great with this pen (I left a review on those as well)

I found this while looking for some sort of good refillable brush pen and this is the greatest thing I could ask for. It's like a blessing that this was created. Allows me to get brush like strokes with the control of a nib pen. The lines are very clean and the pen is very versatile when it comes to the amount of difference you can get in line weight. I use it as my primary inking tool. It's replaced my beloved g-pen which I never thought would happen.

My inking process has also been greatly improved. My lines are much less hesitant and overall cleaner since the pen flows so beautifully. It's also nice since something that would usually take me over an hour to ink has been reduced to roughly half the time. So I can get to coloring like I want to.

I know a previous reviewer mentioned being wary of putting the cap on the back on the pen, which I am. Just be sure to press it on the back lightly and you should be all right. I do it though not only because it's a convenient place to keep the cap but it actually keeps the extra cartridge from moving about while using the pen which is very interesting and very welcomed. Without the cap on the back the extra cartridge will rattle around and make an annoying noise as well as shaking the pen a bit.

Overall this pen is great. I'm very glad I purchased it, and I'll most likely be trying out the other model. Right now this is great and more than what I could have asked for.

I also highly recommend that before you start inking an illustration you use a scrap paper to test out the angles and such. It helps me make sure I can get my thin lines and my thicker ones in the right places.
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i really like this pen....
February 22, 2014
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i really like this pen. the nib is angled so you can get a wide range of lines ranging from broad to super thin. i usually write with very fine pens so this pen writes fine when you write almost vertically which i do. i recommend this pen.
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I've only just opened...
January 19, 2016
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I've only just opened the package and doodled a bit and I already LOVE this pen! I have a habit of pushing too hard down when I draw so a bristle brush pen wouldn't work, but I love having variation in my lines, so this is perfect. The green case on the pen seems a little cheap but hey, as long as the pen works! I also bought a pack of black waterproof inks so I'm excited to see how that turns out.
Makes great strokes,...
November 4, 2015
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Makes great strokes, but it skips a LOT.
Summary first: I really...
October 14, 2015
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Summary first: I really like this pen and it's one of my Every Day Carries. It looks like a fountain pen that has been dropped and has a bent nib. Oh how useful, I thought.....but.... I use it at the office and sign documents with just the tip and get a nice fine line and liquid bulletproof ink. I use it in my sketch book and angle it for wide lines in drawings I will finish painting later with watercolor. Lots of ink flow but no blobbing or drips. The cap does not post so just set it aside. I refill the cartridge with a syringe from my ink collection. It's really grown on me because the versatility.
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