I'm a stupid schmuck :D
IT IS STILL IN STOCK. That part about hard to navigate.. Just did a search and
it is categorized under "Brush Pens » Pentel Aquash Watercolor Brushes &
Crayons". Oh well I'm glad.
I'm sorry to see that you have stopped carrying this (the brush pen itself), or
if it has been discontinued. Was looking to try it - reading it is waterproof
perked my interest, but I can see why people didn't jump on it, especially with
the possible confusion towards the Pentel standard which also had a grey refill
and that these parts were kind of hard to navigate on Jetpens if I remember
correctly, when the brush pen was in stock.
I just wanted to add to my earlier review favouring this brushpen over the
Pentel standard. I am not bought or a Jetpen goon, but I do not want to
misrepresent something good. Having used the Pentel more underlines my initial
impression of both having their uses, but even more I love them equally now. In
short, try both: Kuriyaki no.8 = rounded soft controllability, Pentel Standard =
rustic squared off lines and snappy elasticity.
I do so hope that this gets noticed in the sea of (Kuretake especially) brush
pens available, because I will need another one (or five) once mine wears out.
It's basically a long pointy and fair haired high quality synthetic brush
plugged into a well-fed pen, like a proper brush that never runs out. No squeeze
necessary. The body is very snazzy in a utilitarian functional way, it doesen't
show in the pic but it's like a slightly metallic cold brown with a subtle shift
towards red/pink. The cap has three raised ridges to stop it from rolling (nice
attention to detail). The elongated barrel is comfortable and does make it more
brushlike, a normal pen body would probably have affected its usability
negatively. It weighs next to nothing like it should. I use it for art, and
having only plugged in a Pentel Standard super fine for a short spin (with the
hideous off-blue black ink bundled with it so maybe I'm not objective) I easily
prefer this over that for my own uses which is typical fine art ink drawings -
think tapered clouds with brush cross hatching or comics/illustrations with
rustic patterns and textures. I think both have their use and I really haven't
fully evaluated the Pentel yet so dont hesitate to try either, but this is a
comparably soft (but still perky elastic) brush with which only your dexterity,
pace and handling is the limit to how fine and expressive a stroke you can make
with it. The Pentel felt more stubby. Works great with Platinum carbon ink
cartridges and like noted the flow can be everything from somewhat dry to wet
depending on how you store it, how much you lace on with it, if you shake it to
get the flow going and so on. I recommend to store it horizontally laying down.