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Japanese brush pens are great tools for manga artists as well as calligraphers. Convenient and perfect for on the go travel (thus the name Pocket) these pens offer lush black color and varying lines widths depending on applied pressure.
This pen is actually made of a felt-like tip, improving the precision and accuracy of this pen over traditional brushes.
I've used so many different brush pens over the years, but had until recently
given up on them out of frustration. They all had problems; they frayed or dried
out quickly, they were difficult to control, or they were too expensive for the
quality I got. I was recommended this pen by a fellow artist, and I've got to
say so far I'm in love. The other major issue I find with pens is their marker
resistance, as I do a lot of work with copic markers and found that some pens,
even if marked "water resistant" or even "waterPROOF", will bleed when I go over
them with markers. I did my first full colored picture I had inked with these
pens, and there was absolutely no bleeding at all. By far the best brush pen I
have EVER used!!
After using it for a while now and comparing it to Zebra and some other brush
fibre tip pens, this Uni pen beats them easily. It is very juicy and black
unlike Zebra which is black but not as dark as Uni and it is harder tip. Lasts
longer than Zebra also probably one of the reasons it is on the expensive side
but worth it. Perhaps Zebra pens are more for smaller artwork as they are not as
juicy therefore create thinner line, but that can be done with this Uni pen also
by holding the pen more vertical. 5 stars
I also have the Zebra Disposable Brush Sign Pen - Super Fine and the Kuretake
Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Regular. The Uni-ball brush pen has a very soft tip,
compared to the Zebra and Kuretake. I don't like soft tips because I have less
control over the line. I just use the pens to write Chinese characters. Things
may be different if you are an artist.
I've tried countless numbers of brush pens and actual sable traditional ink
brushes for my cartooning,..and this little beauty has them all beat by a mile!!
The rubbery type of tip offers control yet flexibility for an amazing result!
Thick to thin lines are no longer an issue and no more spilled ink bottles or
dried out bristles! What a pen! Congrats to Uni-ball for such a fine cartooning