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Kuretake No. 40 & No. 50 Fountain Hair Brush Pen Replacement Tip - Sable - KURETAKE DAM2-999
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., March 28, 2009
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


I am one of the crazy illustrators and freelance-artists mentioned here, who eagerly requested these pens, nib refills AND Pens...

This pen is proof that even the best synthetics can not mess with mother natures gifts.

The Kuretake DV140-40/50 is THE best Brushpen I have ever had the pleasure to handle. You can not compare the synthetics to the natural sable. And 27$ for the natural sable is a proof that a goodlike entithy exists ^_^


TIP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

It's natural sable bristles offer a higher flexibility than any other pen with a brush-like tip you might find on this page, better than the Pentel GFKP FP10 or the Kuretake DV140-13C or or or... I have them all, but THIS one is the best.

In the beginning there is a cartridge inserted in the tip with oil and water, so the bristles do not dry out, a very clever idea by the company.

The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, offer a very high resiliency and very good controll of pressure and line width.

After 9 months of being in use and 27 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

Sometimes you should clean the tip, just use some cold to mid-temperated water and wipe the pen out on a clean tissue.
For larger areas, you should, after all, stick to synthetic bristles, since natural hair is more about control and detail, and not for fast colouring of large areas, which would (di)stress the hairs a lot.


IN THE END:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------

Kuretake DV140-40 AND DV140-50 are all getting five stars, since they are very close one to antoher in weight, and since they share the same tip their performance equals one another very closely, too.

And they are highly better than the synthetic counterparts of the DV140-13C.

Forget about all the other brush-pens which use synthetic bristles, when you use this kind of pens a lot, buy one with natural bristles, especially if you are up to detailed, evry controlled work.


TheHOINK
Kuretake No. 50 Fountain Hair Brush Pen - Sable Hair - Black Body + Red Accents + Refill - KURETAKE DW140-50
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., March 28, 2009
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


I am one of the crazy illustrators and freelance-artists mentioned here, who eagerly requested these pens, nib refills AND Pens...

This pen is proof that even the best synthetics can not mess with mother natures gifts.

The Kuretake DV140-40/50 is THE best Brushpen I have ever had the pleasure to handle.


TIP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

It's natural sable bristles offer a higher flexibility than any other pen with a brush-like tip you might find on this page, better than the Pentel GFKP FP10 or the Kuretake DV140-13C or or or... I have them all, but THIS one is the best.

In the beginning there is a cartridge inserted in the tip with oil and water, so the bristles do not dry out, a very clever idea by the company.

The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, offer a very high resiliency and very good controll of pressure and line width.

After 9 months of being in use and 27 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

Sometimes you should clean the tip, just use some cold to mid-temperated water and wipe the pen out on a clean tissue.
For larger areas, you should, after all, stick to synthetic bristles, since natural hair is more about control and detail, and not for fast colouring of large areas, which would (di)stress the hairs a lot.


BARREL AND CAP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "resistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium or resin, it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher, but invested this pen it is more than worth the money.

For some people this pen might seem heavy, it is around 18 to 20 gramms, somewhere very close to the Pilot Décimo which has 20gr. So it might be too heavy for some, but it is perfect for me.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.


INK:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

And you can use any "noodlers" (have not tried the eel-inks) to refill empty cartridges with a syringe.


IN THE END:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------

Kuretake DV140-40 AND DV140-50 are all getting five stars, since they are very close one to antoher in weight, and since they share the same tip their performance equals one another very closely, too.

And they are highly better than the synthetic counterparts of the DV140-13C.

Forget about all the other brush-pens which use synthetic bristles, when you use this kind of pens a lot, buy one with natural bristles, especially if you are up to detailed, evry controlled work.


TheHOINK
Kuretake No. 50 Fountain Hair Brush Pen - Sable Hair - Black Body + Gold Accents + Refill - KURETAKE DW141-50
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., March 28, 2009
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


I am one of the crazy illustrators and freelance-artists mentioned here, who eagerly requested these pens, nib refills AND Pens...

This pen is proof that even the best synthetics can not mess with mother natures gifts.

The Kuretake DV140-40/50 is THE best Brushpen I have ever had the pleasure to handle.


TIP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

It's natural sable bristles offer a higher flexibility than any other pen with a brush-like tip you might find on this page, better than the Pentel GFKP FP10 or the Kuretake DV140-13C or or or... I have them all, but THIS one is the best.

In the beginning there is a cartridge inserted in the tip with oil and water, so the bristles do not dry out, a very clever idea by the company.

The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, offer a very high resiliency and very good controll of pressure and line width.

After 9 months of being in use and 27 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

Sometimes you should clean the tip, just use some cold to mid-temperated water and wipe the pen out on a clean tissue.
For larger areas, you should, after all, stick to synthetic bristles, since natural hair is more about control and detail, and not for fast colouring of large areas, which would (di)stress the hairs a lot.


BARREL AND CAP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "resistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium or resin, it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher, but invested this pen it is more than worth the money.

For some people this pen might seem heavy, it is around 18 to 20 gramms, somewhere very close to the Pilot Décimo which has 20gr. So it might be too heavy for some, but it is perfect for me.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.


INK:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

And you can use any "noodlers" (have not tried the eel-inks) to refill empty cartridges with a syringe.


IN THE END:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------

Kuretake DV140-40 AND DV140-50 are all getting five stars, since they are very close one to antoher in weight, and since they share the same tip their performance equals one another very closely, too.

And they are highly better than the synthetic counterparts of the DV140-13C.

Forget about all the other brush-pens which use synthetic bristles, when you use this kind of pens a lot, buy one with natural bristles, especially if you are up to detailed, evry controlled work.


TheHOINK
Kuretake No. 40 Fountain Hair Brush Pen - Sable Hair + Refill - KURETAKE DV140-40
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., March 28, 2009
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


I am one of the crazy illustrators and freelance-artists mentioned here, who eagerly requested these pens, nib refills AND Pens...

This pen is proof that even the best synthetics can not mess with mother natures gifts.

The Kuretake DV140-40/50 is THE best Brushpen I have ever had the pleasure to handle.


TIP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

It's natural sable bristles offer a higher flexibility than any other pen with a brush-like tip you might find on this page, better than the Pentel GFKP FP10 or the Kuretake DV140-13C or or or... I have them all, but THIS one is the best.

In the beginning there is a cartridge inserted in the tip with oil and water, so the bristles do not dry out, a very clever idea by the company.

The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, offer a very high resiliency and very good controll of pressure and line width.

After 9 months of being in use and 27 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

Sometimes you should clean the tip, just use some cold to mid-temperated water and wipe the pen out on a clean tissue.
For larger areas, you should, after all, stick to synthetic bristles, since natural hair is more about control and detail, and not for fast colouring of large areas, which would (di)stress the hairs a lot.


BARREL AND CAP:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "resistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium or resin, it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher, but invested this pen it is more than worth the money.

For some people this pen might seem heavy, it is around 18 to 20 gramms, somewhere very close to the Pilot Décimo which has 20gr. So it might be too heavy for some, but it is perfect for me.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.


INK:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

And you can use any "noodlers" (have not tried the eel-inks) to refill empty cartridges with a syringe.


IN THE END:--------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------

Kuretake DV140-40 AND DV140-50 are all getting five stars, since they are very close one to antoher in weight, and since they share the same tip their performance equals one another very closely, too.

And they are highly better than the synthetic counterparts of the DV140-13C.

Forget about all the other brush-pens which use synthetic bristles, when you use this kind of pens a lot, buy one with natural bristles, especially if you are up to detailed, evry controlled work.


TheHOINK
Pilot FriXion Biz Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - PILOT LFB-150EF-S
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., December 5, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this....)

After the first month with this pen and two emptied cartridges, I can say....

Although I own all the "simpler" ones in all the colours, this one shines a dozen times better.
The inks and tips are the same, as well as the "erasing", effect.
But....

The very thin, especially in comparison to the normal Frixion pens, body of this pen is balanced really good, and fits smootly inside the fingers holding it.

THE FRONT PART / GRIP SECTION:-------------

The front part, which I could not clearly guess from the photos here, is translucent / transparent, so, if you change the cartridge for a different colour, you can always clearly say which colour you have inside the pen before writing. Sure, you can tell not, whiole the cap is on, but does it really matter?

It is made out of a plastic with a "rubber feel", so even if it looks very "slicky and smooth", it does not slip of the fingers easily, even without a visible profile it lies safely into your hands for writing and drawing purposes.

Great feeling, really.


THE BARREL:------------------

A good, solid feeling delivered by the Aluminium body, which balances the pen and is hardly wider than your all day pencil. slim, elegant and a good solid feeling with a cool surface, what more can you ask for.


THE TIP / INK:-----------------

Although I prefer the Ink delivered by Pentels BK70s series, this is the second best gel-ink I have found to date and the only erasable, too.
Give it a try, it is awesome.

But do not try to erase directly after writing, if you made a mistake, let the ink dry for a second before "erasing" it. It is not really erased, after all, it just dissapears at 65 Degrees Celsius. (and returns at 10 Degrees below Zero).


THE ERASER:--------------------------

The black eraser from these Frixion BIZ even is better than the one from the normal ones, never had a smear with it, not on normal copy paper not in my notebooks, not on my arits papers for technical drawings or aquarell papers.


Worth the money? OH YES!
The very close to perfect gel-based ink pen!
I used the Frixions before, but now I am not leaving home without the Biz from JetPens on my side.
Althoug I like another pens ink a lil' more, this is the one I use now the most.
Thanks a lot, JetPens! ^_^

TheHOINK
Lamy Fountain Pen - Al-Star Model - Extra Fine Nib - Raspberry Red Body & Chrome Clip - LAMY L23REF
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., December 5, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


Over the years, LAMY Fountain Pens have been a trustfull companion on the go.
I nearly always have one around.

LONGEVITY / DURABILITY:--------------------

The Aluminium Metal Body (thus "Al-Star") gives a wonderfully smooth feel to the hand, it's looks is a lot more elegant than the slightly cheaper "sturdy plastic" versions.
And the "cool feeling" of the metal let's it shine, gives the pen the feel of twice the price.
The Metalic character of the body looks even stronger with the clip just going into the cap, while with the plastic version you can see how they attached it, easily.

The same time the transparent front barrel part shows vitally the "blood of a fountain pen", the ink, flowing through your fingers until it finally channels onto the paper, bringing your desired thoughts to paper.

Writing with a good fountain pen is thinking with your fingers.

The body only got scratched once, while dropping out of my pocket, around 160cm to the asphalt ground of an old walkway. It is very durable, but got some small scratches from it. Store it safely in a pocket and nothing should ever happen.

Unlike a lot of other geman brands, LAMY Fountain Pens have changeable nibs, and you can (at least in germany) rebuy every single part, the cap, the nib ("feather", in german), the front part and the barell.

The only disadvantage is, these Fountain Pens are strictly not for sketching, they are for writing. After a few weeks of intiensive sketching the nib will be bent to much and the ink will not flow continuously any more.
So you need to replace it or buy a completely new tip-part.

If you want a steel nib like a classical dip-pen for sketching, seek something else like the Rotring / Sanford ArtPen.

For the Rasperry Red, the pictures show a deep red, it is more of a pinkish colour, if you want to check the colour scheme, take a look at the producer'S page on "Lamy.de", there you even get an english version of the page.

Ink:----------------------------

The Converter number 24 fits nicely, the only problem I have with it, it reduces the amount of "carry-able" ink drastically, therefore I use the normal cartridges and a syringe.


NIB:----------------------------

The "steel-feather", or nib, is sturdy and can stand a lot, it is even great for fountain-pen newbies, since it can last a long time even when treated harsh.

Over the years the LAMY Company from Heidelberg has improved these pens a lot and have brought a dozens of great colours and models to the customer.
When I bought my first one, only black, white, red and yellow where avaiable, only plastic barrels, and take a look at what JetPens and other customers can offer today.


HANDLING:-------------

Even though I dislike it when a pen "forces me" to hold it in a special way, you really barely feel that the shape of the front barrel influences you.

Elseway, any pupil in germany, at least, got to write with fountain pens, and they show your true way of writing, ballpoint pens are a nice invention, but destroyed the "Schriftbild", means something like "the picture of your writing", the pittoresque and personal part within it.
Want to improve your writing and never tested a Fountain Pen before?

Give these a chance, you will not regret it.

Since 5 Stars is perfect a 4 is a very good choice, far above mediocre. And for the price you are paying it is the best you can get in quality.
If I could I would give them a 4,5 of 5 Stars, but 5 is a little to high for these Fountain Pens. Anyway, best choice for the price.
Believe someone using these pens for 21 years now.

TheHOINK..
Lamy Fountain Pen - Safari Model - Fine Nib - Lime Green Body & Chrome Clip - LAMY L13LF
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., December 5, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)


Over the years, LAMY Fountain Pens have been a trustfull companion on the go.
I nearly always have one around.

LONGEVITY / DURABILITY:--------------------

The sturdy plastic bodies nearly can't be broken (only if you have it in your backpocket, sit down on it in a stupid angle and weigh around 120 Kilos, I only whitnessed this once, so it "can" happen) and it is hardly possible to get scratches into it.

Unlike a lot of other geman brands, LAMY Fountain Pens have changeable nibs, and you can (at least in germany) rebuy every single part, the cap, the nib ("feather", in german), the front part and the barell.

The only disadvantage is, these Fountain Pens are strictly not for sketching, they are for writing. After a few weeks of intiensive sketching the nib will be bent to much and the ink will not flow continuously any more.
So you need to replace it or buy a completely new tip-part.

If you want a steel nib like a classical dip-pen for sketching, seek something else like the Rotring / Sanford ArtPen.


Ink:----------------------------

The Converter number 24 fits nicely, the only problem I have with it, it reduces the amount of "carry-able" ink drastically, therefore I use the normal cartridges and a syringe.


NIB:----------------------------

The "steel-feather", or nib, is sturdy and can stand a lot, it is even great for fountain-pen newbies, since it can last a long time even when treated harsh.

Over the years the LAMY Company from Heidelberg has improved these pens a lot and have brought a dozens of great colours and models to the customer.
When I bought my first one, only black, white, red and yellow where avaiable, only plastic barrels, and take a look at what JetPens and other customers can offer today.


HANDLING:-------------

Even though I dislike it when a pen "forces me" to hold it in a special way, you really barely feel that the shape of the front barrel influences you.

Elseway, any pupil in germany, at least, got to write with fountain pens, and they show your true way of writing, ballpoint pens are a nice invention, but destroyed the "Schriftbild", means something like "the picture of your writing", the pittoresque and personal part within it.
Want to improve your writing and never tested a Fountain Pen before?

Give these a chance, you will not regret it.

Since 5 Stars is perfect a 4 is a very good choice, far above mediocre. And for the price you are pying it is the best you can get in quality. Believe someone using these pens for 21 years now.

TheHOINK..
Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Red Body - KURETAKE DT141-13C
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., November 16, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)

Interesting, for such an infamous pen with these fast de- and increasing numbers in any shops, that I am the first to write a short review here... nice.

The Kuretake DT140-13C is one of the better Bruspens I have used.
It's nylon bristles range, in flexibilitx and resiliency between the Kuretake Phys Waterbrush Pens and the Pentel FP10 GFKP Brush Pen.
The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, but sometimes it needs a short while with the pen closed, before it's tip is sharp again for working on crisp lines, especially after filling in larger areas, which stresses the bristles a lot.

After nearly two months and 8 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "reistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher.

The Pen is very lightweight, more lightweight than the Pentel GFKP, could be a little heavier, depending on the user, it's up to you whether this is good or bad.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

Kuretake DT140-13C only gets four of five stars because I prefer natural sable bristles, more stable, more sharp lines, and a better control of the line, like on the Kuretake DV140-40 oder DV140-50.
Anyway, it is still one of the best brush pens I have ever had the luck to own, thanks to JetPens. ^_^

TheHOINK..
Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen - Black Body - KURETAKE DT140-13C
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., November 16, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)

Interesting, for such an infamous pen with these fast de- and increasing numbers in any shops, that I am the first to write a short review here... nice.

The Kuretake DV140-13C is one of the better Bruspens I have used.
It's nylon bristles range, in flexibilitx and resiliency between the Kuretake Phys Waterbrush Pens and the Pentel FP10 GFKP Brush Pen.
The Bristles spring back to a sharp point, but sometimes it needs a short while with the pen closed, before it's tip is sharp again for working on crisp lines, especially after filling in larger areas, which stresses the bristles a lot.

After nearly two months and 8 used cartridges, the tip looks quite like new, so the possibility to buy spare/replacement tips/nibs is great and counts as a plus, but it is not necessary too often, a second plus.

The Pen closes with a wonderfull clicking sound, and you can feel the "reistance" of the pen while closing the cap, so you know it is "closed" and tight. It gives you a good feeling about the bristles not getting too much air and drying out.

The Barrel and Cap are made out of Aluminium it seems, it seems more durable in feel and more elegant in look than the Pentel GFKP. Maybe thus the price is so much higher.

The Pen is very lightweight, more lightweight than the Pentel GFKP, could be a little heavier, depending on the user, it's up to you whether this is good or bad.

The Price is very moderate for a pen of this quality.

The Ink is a very dark and saturated black, watersoluble and even after drying not waterproof. If you want to make washes or use aquarellistic colours on your paintings, do it before using the Kuretake-ink, and you will be fine.

Kuretake DV140-13C only gets four of five stars because I prefer natural sable bristles, more stable, more sharp lines, and a better control of the line, like on the Kuretake DV140-40 oder DV140-50.
Anyway, it is still one of the best brush pens I have ever had the luck to own, thanks to JetPens. ^_^

TheHOINK
Kuretake Fountain Brush Pen Refill Cartridge - Pack of 5 - KURETAKE DAN105-99H
  Hello, and a wonderfull..., November 16, 2008
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)

The Kuretake Brush Pen Refill Ink, suitable for nearly all Kuretake Fountain Brush Pens, is one of the most saturated black inks I have worked with
A lot of people mention the disadvantage of "not being waterproof", but this does not matter, really.

It is a deep, neutral, saturated black, which I use a lot for all the colouring and shading in dark parts, which even looks great in washing effects with a dipped brush.
A lot of people tell you, not to use them because they are not waterproof, but try these cartridges, it might be well worth it.
And the price is sensational.

If you want to work with these pens on a watercoloured picture, use the watercolour first, then this ink. And if you are in need of Black lines, draw thin ones with a waterproof ink first, then brush later.

And, a problem nearly everyone seems to mention and seems to have with brushpens.... even if you do not find a converter and want to use a different ink than the original one.... use a Syringe.
The normal cartridges have a larger capacity of ink anyway than most converters.
I never buy converters, not for Lamy fountain pens not for any brush pen, just a needle, a syringe and the desired ink.... works perfectly.

"Happy painting!"
(Bob Ross, R.I.P.)

TheHOINK
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