The black side is working nicely and smoothly, and is waterproof on top of that.
However, I did purchase it originally because I was in need of a fine gray pen
for outlining and shading, and here's why it's only 3.5 stars for me: the grey
side is a little runny from the start, and bleeds immediately into the paper
when getting in touch with water.
Unfortunately, I can't use it for outlining, since I mostly work with water
colours. Too bad, really :(
This is a wonderful brush pen. Along with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
(http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Pocket-Brush-Pen-for-Calligraphy/pd/1793) it is
my favourite pen for calligraphy.
You can achieve anything from a super fine line up to a very thick one. Some
reviewers seem to have trouble with the flow - I don't see that at all. The only
thing I suppose might be seen as "flow issue", is the "drying brush" effect this
pen at times achieves around the edges of your writing. I quite like the effect
though, so that's entirely fine with me.
The only thing that might be a downer is, that this brush pen is NOT waterproof.
It smudges even after quite some time of drying, while it's brother, the Pocket
Brush Pen, is entirely waterproof. If you're looking for that, buy the Pocket
one, a wonderful brush pen (I wrote a lengthy review on that one, if you'd like
to read about my experiences with it)
An upper: the bristles seem to be a little easier to control than the Pocket BP,
so writing western characters is a bit more controllable.
This is one of the most wonderful (and waterproof!) brush pens I have come
The ink comes out sleek and precise, and beautifully black. You can both draw
the finest of lines as well as nice, medium~thick ones. I would say this one
works a little better for kanji than for western writing, at least when writing
cursive, it can be a little tricky to write accurately. The colour is very rich
and thorough, but probably works best on smooth paper. When writing on thick,
rough paper (say, for water colour works), the ink will be sucked up a little
bit around the edges, so it won't be as crisp anymore.
I also use the Pentel Standard Brush Pen (tsumi tip:
http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Standard-Brush-Pen-Tsumi-Tip/pd/2416). Both are
very similar, but here's for some minor differences: The Standard seems a tiny
bit blacker. When writing calligraphy, the font gets a little wilder feeling to
it, and it can also give you the effect of a drying brush (small white spots)
around the edges of your writing, something the Pocket Brush rarely does.
However, and this might be important to some of you: I found the Pocket Brush
Pen to be ABSOLUTELY waterproof, while the Standard Brush Pen smudged even after
minutes of having it let dry.
This is the best brush pen I have come across so far.
I have tried out several after and before this one, and I must say, this really,
to me, is the best. I think comparing it with felt-tip brush pens isn't
necessary at this point, felt-tips just feel totally different than "hair" tips.
The feeling of authenticity can only really be conveyed via 'hair' tip brush
pens I think.
Recently, I bought the Pentel Standard Brush Pen (tsumi tip - a little thicker
than the pocket brush pen) to have another hair/nylon tip to compare the pocket
brush pen with. I wrote a little review on it as well. This one still remains my
Both drawings and writing kanji works smoothly and beautifully, the ink is rich
and deeply black, it's waterproof (when I use a waterbrush on the writings, the
ink would run and a slightly pink background colour would appear with the
Standard Brush Pen, however with the Pocket Brush pen, nothing would happen
apart from the thin paper rippling)
All in all, I absolutely recommend this brush pen. I'm sure it will make you
I bought this brush pen, alongside others, to test whether there was anything
better than my so-far-favourite Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PENTEL XGFKP-A)
Although the size of this pentel standard tsumi tip might be surprisingly big
for some, I do like quite the feel of it. It makes kanji strokes look beautiful
and artistic with the light "spring" in the tip, I adore that. The ink is nicely
black as well, however all in all I still prefer the Pentel Pocket Brush pen.
For one, ots ink seems to come out a bit more regularly and "completely". With
the Standard Brush Pen, when writing on normal printing paper, the ink is a
little "runny", or rather, the contours aren't smooth. Another point is, that
when water is applied to the paper, the ink will run a little, and the
background will colour lightly pink. With the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen however,
nothing happens. It's absolutely water proof.
Hope I could be helpful to some!