3/23/2011 | Product Reviews


Spirit Of Wonder Wednesday – Pentel Love At First Use

Note: This blog post was submitted by Pentel PEN-fessional Gabriel R.

Love At First Use
Pentel has managed to create the perfect pen. For an artist. That bears repeating. Pentel has managed to create the perfect pen (for an artist). Office supply geeks may not appreciate this pen, and that’s fine I don’t really understand the appreciation of a nice stapler or tape dispenser.( I kid 🙂 .But really, this pen is epic proportions of awesomeness.


Before I heard of the existence of a brush pen, I heard an artist on a podcast talking about using one. I just had to have one. I ordered up a Pentel Brush Pen, and it was love at first use. Then I discovered and quickly ordered a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. That was also love at first use also but in a more convenient portable version.

The Pocket Brush Pen is a light weight pen with a simple black barrel and a cap with a clip. Nothing extravagant, nothing elegant, nothing special, just simple smooth black barrel. The real magic isn’t in the looks of the pen; the magic is in how the pen writes. It’s not a roller ball, it’s not a nib, its ink isn’t gel, it’s exactly what the name describes, a brush. The brush is synthetic bristles and shaped to a point that resembles a sumi-e brush. The ink comes in a cartridge that you just put in the barrel and screw into the other part of the barrel holding the brush.

Instantly, from the first use, the ink flows smoothly from the brush. After sketching and drawing with it my impression was pure joy. It mimics using a brush perfectly. Pulling the brush slow brings an inkful and smooth line while going faster gives the effect of the dry brush technique. I even decided to experiment – and I left the pen alone for a few days uncapped and tried it again. When I first started sketching it gave a dry brush effect but the ink started flowing and it regained the smooth wet brush lines.

The ink cartridge lasts a lot longer than I would have imagined. Either that or I need to draw way more. Either way, it lasts. The ink it comes with is black- but is not waterproof.

I love this pen and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I knew I wasn’t the only one when I went to a few art expos and comic cons and saw a ton of artist using the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. If you like drawing, sketching, doodling, or magic do yourself a favor and buy one. Immediately.


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