Update: I just got a bottle of the Platinum Carbon ink from JetPens and a
converter, and the pen has ratcheted up into the amazing category. Dries dark,
quick, and no feathering on any of the papers I tried in my last review. The
downside: I basically spent $90 on a brushpen system. But it's the most like a
brush I've seen and I can get really detailed thin lines with it-- and since the
ink is in a pretty big bottle, it's going to last me quite a while.
So I'd recommend if you have the money to invest, ditching the ink in favor of
the Carbon ink and refilling yourself with a converter or syringe. It's night
I heart Boxy!
It would be nice if there was a wider version, but it erases great and doesn't
leave smudges. Admittedly I got suckered in by the Engrish on the label, but
it's sturdy and my go-to eraser.
I bought one of these based on the other review and not wanting to shell out for
an expensive pen I knew nothing about-- very impressed with the end result! I
have medium sized hands and can still draw with the refill alone; no feathering
and a quick drying dark ink. The tip is hard, but has some flexibility to it so
you can get some variance in your lines/lettering. Definitely not like a brush,
but it's not like the precision of a rollerball. Pleasant surprise, as I've
bought other pens like this that often run into some kind of problem. Great for
detail, too. When I run out of ink I'll probably buy the whole pen!
The good: this pen is one of the most responsive brush tips I've used (and I've
bought quite a few from JetPens!). It goes from thick to thin in no time, which
is awesome for expressive drawings. Snaps back to a point pretty easily too--
granted I've only had it a few days, but I'm impressed with the quality. The
packaging and pen itself are very nice and I feel like I bought a pen I'll have
for a long time, which I definitely like.
The less-good: The ink. It's a very wet, not super-dark ink-- I can forgive the
color, as when I scan drawings in it's usually not an issue. But I've tried
using this on cheap printer paper, plate bristol board, a Maruman Mnemosyne
sketchbook (my favorite!) and two brands of marker paper with varying results.
I'm a lefty, and so fretting about smudging is not a new issue for me-- but
still, it didn't dry fast (and I'm in a super-dry climate in Arizona, so I can
only imagine how it'd be in a more humid place) and in the Mnemosyne there is a
tiny amount of feathering (although it seems to dry fastest on that paper).
While the feathering is not the end of the world and could be much worse, it is
a bit of a disappointment.
I'm curious about using the converter, but nervous it might muck up the pen.
There's not a lot of information on the internet, and I've heard some people say
good and bad things about replacing the ink with the Platinum Carbon ink... I
have Noodler's ink here though, so if it is a better match perhaps I'll give it
Overall this is a bittersweet brushpen-- awesome for its 'hardware' but at least
for me a bit lacking when it comes to the 'software'. Better ink would make this
an amazing pen! For now I'll just say it's really pretty good and perhaps
experiment to find a better ink solution.