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
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
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).
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
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
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
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.