Brush Pens

Brush Pens

The Pilot Petit Pen system is back!

We were met with much dismay when news broke out that the Petit line was being discontinued. The pens have evoked a deep affection out of their rabid fan base for their fun colors, compact yet comfortable size, affordability, and fine performance. Because of this, we've received so many inquiries about the status and whereabouts of the pens when they disappeared. Having previously had to deliver unfortunate news about the Petit Pens, we're now much more pleased and excited to announce that these pens have returned!
January 27, 2012 - Posted by Brad Dowdy to Brush Pens

Choosing a brush pen is hard. Not only are there a wide range of options in tip firmness and tip material, each pen is going to react differently depending on the user. Do you have a soft or heavy hand? Are your strokes tiny or broad? How do you know which brush pen is best for your style?

One thing we do at JetPens is provide an area for customer reviews. This helps you get as much individual information on a product as possible, which in turn helps you make a more informed purchasing decision.

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy is one of our highest rated and most reviewed brush pens with 27 reviews and a 4.9 out of 5 rating. If you are in the market for a brush pen but do not know where to start, reading the customer reviews of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen will give you great insight.

One of the recurring themes in the reviews is that this pen has a great traditional brush pen feel. If you are looking for a firm, felt tip brush, then this is not the pen for you. But, if you are looking for an expressive, flexible, and consistent pen then you do not need to look any further than the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

The best part about this great brush pen? It is refillable. Customers often fall in love with the specific feel of their pen, and having a refill option is icing on the cake.

What more could you ask for in a JetPens Classic?

July 19, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Brush Pens

Brush pens made from natural hair can oftentimes be better than their synthetic counterparts, at least when used for ink and watercolor. Natural hair brushes not only tend to be more resilient and durable than nylon brushes, but they also provide better spring and snap.

High-quality sable and weasel hair brushes are considered to be the best for watercolor and ink use. These kinds of brushes hold liquid for a longer period of time, and better retain a fine point when wet. Another important point to consider when searching for a brush pen is the level of absorbancy. Natural hair is comprised of complex components and scales that allow the hair to hold and trap liquid better. The liquid is released as pressure is applied to the brush. This capability of natural hair brushes gives artists more control as they draw.

If you're looking for high-quality, durable natural hair brush pens, we recommend the Kuretake High Grade Sable Hair Brush Pens.

These brushes are made from authentic sable hair and feature an elegant matte black body. The No. 40 pen comes in a cardboard gift box and include one free box of 3 ink cartridges. Sable hair brush pen tip replacements are also available.

This post contains an outdated version of the Pilot Petit Pen System. For the newest version, see this post!

Pilot has recently redone their Petit pen line!

The whole system has been revamped. The line is now a customizable system consisting of separate pen bodies and ink cartridges. They are available in three different nib types: a fountain pen (Petit1), marker pen (Petit2) and brush pen (Petit3). Choose a pen body type and then choose your favorite ink cartridge color to customize your Petit pen (sold separately).

The ink cartridges are compatible across all three body styles. Select your nib and body style and ink color to create your favorite pen combination!

The Petit1 pen bodies have the same fountain pen nibs as the original line and is available in four different body colors.

The new Petit2 pens have a felt tip or "sign pen" nib. The body styles for these pens are slightly different than their Petit1 fountain pen counterparts, as only the barrel and clip are colored.

The new Petit3 pens have a calligraphy type brush tip. Like the Petit1 and Petit2, the body colors are transparent. The clip on these pens however, is a solid color.

The ink cartridges can be used with any of the Petit pen models, allowing you to fully customize your Petit pen.

What do you think will be your favorite Petit combination?
April 11, 2011 - Posted by Elizabeth to Brush Pens

The structure of the Kuretake Fountain Hair Brush Pen is basically the same as a regular fountain pen, with an ink cartridge inside and a brush end nib.

Sometimes the ink in the brush nib can harden after a long period of no usage. If this happens, you can take the following steps to get the pen going again:

1) Remove the ink cartridge from inside the pen barrel.
You can save a full ink cartridge by covering the opening with some scotch tape and storing with the opened side up.

2) Soak the brush pen nib in room temperature or warm water. Make sure to change out the water when it is saturated with ink, until the water is no longer black. (1-5 days)
Please do not remove the metal part or disassemble the brush part, in order to prevent ink leakage.

3) Rinse the clean brush nib with running water, and remove the excess water using some tissue. Leave it in a shady spot for a day or so, to let it air dry.
If you put the nib back before it is dry, the ink may leak from the side.

4) Insert a new ink cartridge.

After you insert the ink cartridge, the writing might be a bit weak in color due to the moisture left in the brush nib. If you keep wring for a while, the color of the ink will go back to the original color.

To avoid this pen drying out in the first place, Kuretake recommends to use this pen often, without a long period of no usage. Also when you finish writing, they recommend to lightly dry any excess ink off the nib with some tissue before you put the cap back on.