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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy - PENTEL XGFKP-A
  The only thing keeping..., July 2, 2014
By djkhimtaka
The only thing keeping me from giving this pen a full five stars is the length of the bristles. They just make it a bit hard to control this pen's line sometimes. I'm used to a much shorter brush tip, I suppose. But the line widths range from super, super fine to extremely wide! The long, soft fibers are more suited to expressive strokes than controlled ones.

The ink is probably the most waterproof ink of the all the brush pens I've ever used. Once dry, it will. not. budge. So if you have a very practiced hand, you could use this pen to permanently ink over your sketches. Of course, you can always refill the cartridges with your own ink. I plan to use Noodler's Heart of Darkness when the cartridge this guy came with runs out.

Despite it being waterproof, you can get some interesting effects on paper that has been pre-wetted. The sketches I made came out rather ghostly, or haunting. It's pretty neat.

In all honesty, I prefer my Kuretake brush pens, but this one's really nice as well. The margin between them is very minimal.. I'm glad I went ahead and bought this one. :3 Though I'll more likely use it for calligraphy purposes than art purposes, as I was hoping to do originally.
Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen Refill Brush Tip - KURETAKE DAM1-999
  I use this Kuretake No...., July 2, 2014
By djkhimtaka
I use this Kuretake No. 13 brush fountain pen front section only these days. I originally bought the whole pen years and years ago, but as the body portion of the pen has been taken over by the No. 40 nib I bought, I was left with this front brush section alone.

The Kuretake cartridges seat firmly onto the feed, so I don't even require the body portion. Instead, I now have a short pen with lots of control thanks to the cartridge's snug fit. You can just use the plastic cap that it comes with as its permanent cap, buy some cartridges, and you will have a compact pen, if you're comfortable not having a pen body to screw the section into. I personally have had no problems without the body; the cartridges really do fit that well. But just to ensure you don't have any ink-accidents, I still wouldn't recommend carrying this around anywhere other than inside your chosen bag or sketch kit.

As for function, there's a wide variety of line widths you can produce with added pressure, and the marks left with quick strokes have a nice broken look, while slow strokes with give you smooth, solid lines.
Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Black Body - KURETAKE DT140-13C
  This was my first ever..., July 2, 2014
By djkhimtaka
This was my first ever brush pen (and fountain pen in general, now that I think of it), and I've had it for years upon years now. Only now is it starting to show a bit of wear and tear, so it's a resilient little guy. That said, the nib only looks frayed when the bristles are clean and dry. While inked, it looks and feels nearly brand new.

As for function, it's line widths range from single-hair-thin to 5/8" wide (yes, I just measured that with a ruler). The bristle length is shorter compared to the Pentel Pocket Brush, and this allows for more control while writing or drawing.

The ink is a neutral black, saturated, and works very well in wet-media applications. Watercolor and sumi, anyone?

I actually only use the Kuretake No. 13's front section these days.. as the body portion of the pen has been taken over by the No. 40 nib I bought. The Kuretake cartridges seat firmly onto the feed, so I don't even require the body portion. Instead, I now have a short pen the size of a Pilot Petit with lots of control thanks to the cartridge's snug fit. (And in case you're wondering, I use the clear plastic cap that came with my 40 nib to keep my No. 13 nib from drying out. :D ) The combo of cartridge, nib, and cap make for a compact travel-pen for sketching on the go. I probably wouldn't just chuck it in my pocket, however.. But for me it's rather safe in my sketch kit, so I'm sure if others wanted to do the same, that would be the way to go.
Kuretake Fountain Brush Pen Refill Cartridge - Pack of 5 - KURETAKE DAN105-99H
  This ink is really lovely..., July 2, 2014
By djkhimtaka
This ink is really lovely to work with. It's a deeply saturated, neutral black, yet is also transparent. It really works well for watercolor work and sumi painting, alongside just being nice on its own. Using water, you can get some nice gradient effects rather easily (unlike the Akashiya Kai Watercolor Brush Pen's ink, which seems like you have to dip and dip in order to get the ink to lighten), and once the ink dries, you can also paint over it with water to make lovely shading.

I use this in my Kuretake No. 13 brush fountain pen front section.. as the body portion of the pen has been taken over by the No. 40 nib I bought. The cartridges seat firmly onto the feed, so I don't even require the body portion. Instead, I now have a short pen with lots of control thanks to the cartridge's snug fit. (And in case you're wondering, I use the clear plastic cap that came with my 40 nib to keep my No. 13 nib from drying out. It really is a nifty combo. :D )

Anyway, this review is about the ink, not the pens, and the ink is wonderful for wet media. I don't normally like to buy cartridges, but I will gladly buy these over and over as needed until a bottled version becomes available.
Platinum Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen - PLATINUM CFTR-250C
  I was stuck on whether..., July 2, 2014
By djkhimtaka
I was stuck on whether to give this three or four stars.. But I decided on four due to the fact that it's refillable, and the nib is stiff enough to allow for controlled lines.

The ink is nothing to get excited about, other than the fact that it is truly waterproof. It seems like more of a dark grey than a true black. Still, you could always refill the cartridge with another ink. Noodler's Heart of Darkness will be my ink of choice.

The nib has a very nice range of line-widths, which is why I rather like the stiffness in this particular brush pen. (Normally, I'd prefer a soft fiber tip.) So I intend to use it as a liner after having put it through a barrage of test sketches. Also, the felt tip has held up very well, much better than the Sakura Pigma brush pen. I can see this being an everyday sort of pen, or a travel pen.