Sailor DE Brush Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Navy Blue - 40 Degree Nib

Sailor DE Brush Style Calligraphy Fountain Pen - Navy Blue - 40 Degree Nib

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4.5 (6 reviews)
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Fude DE Mannen is a fountain pen whose special nib allows the user to write calligraphy-quality letters easily, even for individuals unskilled in the use of calligraphy and brush products. In Japan, pens like these are growing in popularity compared to traditional brush pens due to their more ergonomic grip and easier stroke. The pen is available in a high angled “Wakatake” nib (nib angle 55°) for fine lettering and a low angled “Kon” nib (nib angle 40°) for more bold lettering. The line weight changes depending on the angle of the pen.

By the way, the name “Fude de Mannnen” happens to be a play on words. In Japanese it sounds like “Fude” (brush pen) and “Mannen” (fountain pen), but can also sound like \"this is a brush pen\" if you use a regional accent. It is aptly named so because it blends the characteristics of a fountain pen and brush.

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Customer Reviews

I have both the green...
June 1, 2013
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I have both the green (55 degree bended nib) and the blue (40 degree) versions of this pen and really enjoy them both. I use the Sailor nano black waterproof ink and it works well. With a tilt of the pen, the line can go to very fine to broad and back, so very good for drawing, like carrying two pens at once except even more convenient since you don't have to keep switching them. The large cartridge chamber actually holds TWO cartridges, one in use and a spare, so the pen is extra-good for traveling. In my experience, the pens start right up even after sitting for a couple of weeks, so nib dry-out isn't an issue as it is with so many pens.

I like both the green (55 degree) and the blue (40 degree) versions of this pen, but I lean slightly to using the blue more often. I've read comments by other artists who lean the other way, toward the green one. You would need to try both and see for yourself.

In any case, if you like to sketch on the go, grab one of these and some nano black cartridges (or your own preference) and a good journal (like Stillman and Birn zeta or beta seeries) and have yourself some fun. If you use a waterproof ink like the nano black, you can add watercolors later.
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I love this pen. I use...
September 22, 2014
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I love this pen. I use it mostly for drawing and I'm left-handed. You can vary the line width quite a bit and it's really smooth. Good for detail and broad strokes. I've just been using normal Rapidograph ink, too. I recommend this pen to my friends all the time. I'm interested to try the other one, but I feel like this one compliments my heavy hand better.
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very nice to be able...
October 16, 2014
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very nice to be able to buy a speciality nib at such a low price. when the pen is held flatter i.e. back end closer to the paper, then it writes almost like a brush and a lot of ink flows. Whereas holding it higher makes it write normally (and writing gets finer as tilt increases). Note that in the course of normal writing this will always produce variable line width since the writing angle always keeps changing slightly.
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Nice. Cap doesn't stay...
July 7, 2015
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Nice. Cap doesn't stay firmly on when writing, throwing the balance off. However, nib is good. Enjoy drawing with it.
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I just ordered this,...
May 27, 2015
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I just ordered this, at the suggestion of a drawing teacher, and I LOVE IT! It has already become a staple of my writing bag after a couple of days. It is truly wonderful.
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