Review: Brush Pens Pt 2


Welcome to Part Two of my brush pen review. Next up are the last 3 pens from this stash I bought.

Platinum Souhitsu Fude Brush Pen CFSW-300 is the next contender. These guys all have similar names so make sure you follow the links to make life easier! This one is double ended, one black nib and one grey. I love that. Again it is a simple black plastic pen but this one has a sparkly barrel as well as the gold brush script. No pen clip on this one though!

Now I really like this one. It’s another felt tip but it has a really good point on it meaning you can get a lovely fine line, that also means that the difference between the finest line and the thickest line this pen offers is satisfyingly great despite the nib being small and short. Good flow of ink really smooth on the paper. On the right paper (a post about that coming up)

This pen, the Platinum Souhitsu Fude Brush Pen CFS-200 is very similar to the Zebra Fude Pen I mentioned in the first part of this review. It has a felt tip that is quite chunky as you can see from the picture above. It has a reasonable amount of flex but not as much as the double ended pen above so you get less definition between thin and think lines. The ink on this one does flow as smoothly as the Zebra Fude and so it drags a bit like it is drying out which isn’t ideal. If you like this chunky style tip I’d go for the Zebra Fude over this one and the difference in price is only pence.

Last in the pack is the Uni POSCA Marker Pen PCF-350 Brush. I really wanted to be able to do brush lettering on surfaces other than paper, mainly on top of Washi tape so I thought I’d try one of these pens. I’ve had lots of POSCA pens with felt nibs and fine nibs so I know I like the way the ink flows but this pen has a brush nib. Actual bristles, which none of the other pens here have. What that does mean is that it takes some practice to get used to the long brush and the way that moves. You have to take the time to get used to how you apply pressure to get the thick and thin brush strokes because the variety of widths you can get is huge but can be hard to master. It does exactly what I want it to and gives you the option of writing on basically any surface!

And that is it for this brush pen review. I have added links straight to the pens on the Cult Pens website now.

‘Thanks for reading!

Review: Brush Pens Pt1

Every now and again I buy a pen that surprises me, I wish it happened more often but I’m a fickle being. The greatest thing about buying (most) pens is that they don’t cost the Earth so if they aren’t perfect you aren’t too much out of pocket. I do LOVE stationery shops where you can test them first though. The fabulous CW Enterprise has a drawer full of well used pencils so you can try each one before you buy (more on that in another post).

This little pile of brush pens came from Cult Pens and came to less than £20. They are a bit more per pen than maybe a biro or a fine liner but you would expect that to be honest and you’ll notice several of them are Japanese so I imagine there’s an import cost included.

On to the pens!

First up is the Zebra Fude Brush Pen. A simple black plastic body with some gold script on the barrel.

Zebra Fude Brush Pen

The nib is a felt tip and it feels very much like a felt tip pen that you would use for colouring in. I don’t like the feel of it much. The nib is quite stiff and doesn’t have much give in it and the ink is a little dry. It doesn’t come out very black either. I wasn’t a fan of this one at all.

Platinum Fude Brush Pen

Next is the Platinum Fude Brush Pen. It’s a plastic disposable pen with no real weight to it. The barrel has beautiful gold Cherry Blossom branches on it as well as some Japanese script which does add to it even though it’s just a plastic pen. Also the lid has a clear and gold glitter pen clip. Nice!

The nib is a felt tip, loaded with ink, which I really like. I can’t stand it when the ink is a bit dry and it’s hard work to draw your loops and it drags across the paper. The nib has a good amount of flexibility as you can see from the video and pics but it took a little bit of getting used to in terms of pressure. It’s a nice little pen but the felt tip will wear quickly if you use it on the wrong paper.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Nib

Next in line is the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft Nib. This is my second one of these so that’s a good review already! The nib is a short felt tip with a lot of give but because it’s quite short it’s not too difficult to control like a long brush tip can sometimes be. Good flow of ink from this pen and it’s great for small work. I have written many a certificate with this pen.

Stay tuned for Part 2, I had so much to say I’ve split it into two posts.

What’s in my pencil case?

When I was telling Chris and Leigh about my idea to do a “What’s in my pencil case?” blog post I was asked the same questions, “how will you choose which pens?” “will you pick your favourites or the ones you use the most?” “which pencil case?”.

I couldn’t understand why I was being asked those things, surely it’s obvious? MY PENCIL CASE! “The pencil case I have in my backpack!” “The pens I have in my pencil case that I carry round with me!”

Then I started to realise why they were questioning me like they were members of the Spanish Inquisition….

I have a bit of a pen problem…

Pen Collection

Obviously I don’t see it as a problem. I like a pen, ok? I like a lot of pens, ok?! I have several “pencil cases” with different pens in them but they are filed, they are organised! Brush pens for lettering in one case. Super fat and fine Poscas in one case. Medium Poscas in one case. Copic markers and fine liners for illustrating in one case. I’m just keeping things in their place.

But my “everyday” pens (haha my “everyday look” #bbloggers) are these sterling “few”….

PencilCase

Pencil case from Tiger Stores

Whatsinmypencilcase

And in detail…

Comic Ciao Pens

Copic Ciao Markers from Cult Pens

Pilot Touch Pens

Pentel Sign Pens. Available from Cult Pens

Stabilo Neon Pens

Stabilo Pen 68 and Point 88 Neons. From, you guessed it… Cult Pens

GellyRollPens

Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens. Can be found here at Cult Pens

Single PensScale Ruler bought from The Apron Co at Renegade London, Faber Castell Big Brush pen I got from Scrawlrbox and available from Tiger Pens, Sakura Pigma Brush, Kuretake Cocoiro Letter Pen both available at Cult Pens, Milan Mechanical Pencil (I got mine in my local Paperchase but they aren’t on the website) and Lifework black biro which you can buy here.

I like to have a lot of choice available to me so I can create a range of effects and use my pens for different things. Copic Ciaos are great for areas of pale transparent colour and then Gelly Rolls are great to add bright opaque details. I mainly use these pens to draw patterns and I’ll show you one of my pattern sketchbooks in the next few weeks.

The Faber Castell Big Brush pen is fun for doing brush lettering on a big scale. The Pentel Sign pens are sooo nice because the tip is super bendy. They’re really nice to practice brush lettering with as you can get a good difference between the thick and thin line. I’ll show you some examples of that too.

I also like to use these guys for illustration. Sketching with the Milan mechanical pencil, adding colour with the Copic Ciaos and the Stabilo neon Pen 68s. I seem to be lacking a fine liner here for outlining….. i’d use the Copic Multiliner SP because it doesn’t bleed into the Copic Ciaos.

Finally, I feel like I need to say that this is not a sponsored post!! I know I have mentioned Cult Pens a lot but I honestly buy a LOT of my pens from there. They’re very reasonably priced and their delivery is super quick, ya know, in case you desperately need some pens, in a hurry.

Chris is also going to post a “What’s in my pencil case” blog and you can find it by clicking on his name above.