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February 15, 2012
Kuretake No. 13 + this...
Kuretake No. 13 + this item = Kuretake No. 40/50. Confirmed.
Requires a light touch to get the full benefit and would be better for someone who has experience with brush pens. I've tried a bunch of synthetics but this one is pretty special. The sable hair tip has a much wider range of line widths than the No. 13's - really, it's a night and day difference. I use it with the platinum converter with some Noodler's "Heart of Darkness" - it's a solid combination.
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July 14, 2010
This was one of my first...
This was one of my first brush pens and I'm glad it was - it provides a very good introduction to what is possible with a brush pen.
The tip is hard and sharp but becomes slightly more pliable after some use. Excellent line variation is possible (very fine detail to a nice thick line) and it is easier to control than standard brush pens (e.g. Pentel Pocket) due to its hardness.
My single reservation is that on some paper, I wish the ink was slightly darker and I also wish it held up better to erasing. After some research and experimentation, I have discovered that the right paper makes all the difference (Borden & Riley Paris Bleedproof Paper For Pens - is quite expensive but superb for all of my ink-related illustrations - and wonderful with this pen).
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June 18, 2010
I purchased one of these...
I purchased one of these a while ago and I must say: this is the best brush pen I have used. This is vs. the following pens which I have also purchased: PENTEL XGFKP-A, KURETAKE DT140-13C, TOMBOW GCD-111, and PENTEL XFL2L (each is a jetpens product code).
Even though this pen doesn't have nearly as many glowing reviews as the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen [PENTEL XGFKP-A] has (as of 6/18/2010), it's performance is far superior.
The flow of the ink can be increased by squeezing the soft, plastic ink cartridge that makes up most of this pen's length. This allows one to make very thin, fully-saturated lines by squeezing the cartridge before drawing and allowing the brush tip to become fully wet with ink.
With a steady hand, the tip provides great line control with a wide range of thicknesses that make brush pens such a pleasure to use.
Another plus is that there is a wide range of ink cartridge colors available when the ink runs out (although as of the time of this review, jetpens only carries black).
If there is one issue with the pen, it's that it may be considered a tad too long for some (maybe an inch longer than the Pentel Pocket Brush) but if this is not a problem for you, you've just found an amazing brush pen.
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