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Tombow Mono 100 Pencil - 2B - Pack of 12 - TOMBOW MONO-1002B BUNDLE
  Beautiful pencils. I've..., October 24, 2012
Beautiful pencils. I've had issues with the quality of other wood pencils before - either the lead is too fragile or the wood is too cheap and splinters or breaks. It holds a good tip, the lead won't break unless you put quite a bit of force on it, and while the lead can still smudge it won't ruin your paper like most B type pencils will. The case is actually pretty high quality and I can see myself using it long after the pencils have been whittled down to nubs.

I've found the 2bs might be a tad too soft for general sketching while being a little too hard for animation clean up, so you'll probably want to buy the variety pack first if you don't have a specific use in mind. However, despite these small issues, they've already replaced all the pencils (mechanical and wooden) in my pencil case. I would highly recommend that any hobbyist or professional artist should get a chance to try these out once.
Kuretake No. 33 Brush Pen - Soft - KURETAKE DC161-33S
  Kuretake No. 33 Brush..., November 23, 2011
Kuretake No. 33 Brush pen (soft) is one of those brush pens you really need to try out at least once; You owe it to yourself. The brush itself is surprisingly springy despite the soft "bristles." The tip has a small nib of flexible felt so you can ease up on the pressure and make incredibly tiny and detailed strokes that doesn't seem to get worn down. It feels much nicer to use than most brush pens since it seems more responsive and doesn't require much force to get thicker strokes down. The brush itself is pretty sturdy as well; for example, I had accidentally slammed one pen brush side down into the paper too hard and bent it, but it didn't seem to affect the quality much. I would advise against holding it in the middle or end of the pen, since you do get the ink on your palms and fingers if you hold it near the bottom.
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