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!
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This post contains an outdated version of the Pilot Petit Pen System.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?
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.