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  Lovely for Cartooning! As..., August 15, 2013
By junrok
Lovely for Cartooning!

As a self professed drawing tool junkie, I'm always looking out for the latest in brush pens. I just received the red Kuretaki No. 13 in the mail. Firstly, allow me to give JetPens a rave. I ordered the pen and two packs of Platinum Carbon Ink on a Monday and had it in hand that Thursday. Thanks for the quick service! Now onward to thine review..

The pen arrived nicely packaged, looking very handsome in its window box. It includes a box of Kuretake's own ink cartridges, which I haven't actually tried out yet, as I opted to install one of the Platinum cartridges instead. I've read where the Platinum ink dries darker than the ink supplied with the pen. The cartridge snapped in place easily, and I put the pen down for a few to let the ink load the brush tip. After about five minutes, I took off the cap to find the white nylon brushes now nice and glossy black. Before putting it to paper, I placed my former fave brush pen, a Pentel GFKP, next to the Kuretake to compare astheatics. The Pentel, while mad cute in its own rounded way, looked quite unsophisticated next to the red metal bling of the Kuretake. Just wanted to emphasize that it's a very sexy pen.

I drew some quick sketches with the Pentel first. Great feel as always. Then I tried out the Kuretake. Similar in feel to the Pentel, but I was able to get sharper, more defined strokes due to the shorter tip. I felt instantly comfortable feathering quick thin to thick to thin strokes. That's when I noticed the biggest advantage the Kuretake has over the Pentel. When I make quick strokes with the Pentel, I get that damned dry brush look. With the Kuretake, I have to flick it pretty fast until I get dry brush. For me, these two factors make the Kuretake worth the heftier price tag. So far, it actually is the best nylon brush pen I've come across, with the Pentel a very close second. I can see using the Pentel to fill larger areas of black and for broader line work, where the Kuretake would be used for the smaller details.

In my experience, nothing beats a true sable brush, so a fancy-shmancy Kaimei or Kuretake true sable hair brush pen will be my next win. In the meantime, the Kuretake No. 13 is doing me fine for everyday and on the go use. I will gladly be ordering a black backup very soon.

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