More Brush Pen Testing

It’s been some time since my last post. Too long. But the time has been productive. I’m hopeful (but not promising) to start posting more again.

If any regular visitors dropped by during my lengthy hiatus, they will have no doubt noticed that this site has undergone several changes. I switched web hosts and took the opportunity to switch blogging software as well. I’m now using WordPress to run the site. While I get acclimated to the new system, I have been messing around with some of the free templates that are floating around the internets. The one I am currently using is called Colourise by ThemeLab. I’ll tweak this one a bit before I find the time to work up a new one from scratch.

In my last post, I wrote a review for the first of batch of sample pens I received from Since then, I’ve had the chance to test some more of the stash. First up is the Platinum Pocket Brush Pen. I have gone on at length for my love of the Pentel Brush Pen. Well, out of all of the brush pens I’ve tried out, the Platinum comes the closest to tempting my loyalty. Like the Pentel, the Platinum utilizes a synthetic brush-like bristles and ink cartridges. Like the Pentel, the ink for the Platinum flows smoothly with no noticeable clogging. It handles well and makes it easy to get a varied smooth line.

There are some differences between the Platinum Pocket Brush Pen and the Pentel.  For starters, the Platinum has a long tapered body, that resembles the body of an actual brush a bit more than most brush pens. Another noticeable difference is the ink. The ink of the Platinum is noticeably darker than the ink used for the Pentel. Finally, the brush of the Platinum itself is slightly shorter and thicker than the one on the Pentel. As a result, I found it easier to get slightly thicker lines with the Platinum, but a bit harder to get consistently as thin lines as I did with the Pentel.

My verdict? Well, I need to see how the Platinum holds up with repeated usage, but I think I can recommend  it to anyone looking for an alternative to the Pentel. Personally, I still prefer my old stand by. Part of that is that I am just use to the darn thing. But I think I the brush of the Pentel fits my style a bit better.

The other two brush pens I had a chance to test out were the Uni-ball Pocket Brush Pen and the Uni-Ball Double Sided Pen (the doodle above was done using the one-sided version).¬† These two brush pens were a bit of a surprise. The nib of these pens looks very much like a standard felt tip pen nib. However, when you put it to paper, it reacts very much like a brush. The nib is flexible and is able to reproduce a brush-like line (the double-sided pen also has a thick nib similar to the ones found on the Copic markers). This is both these pens’ main advantage and their disadvantage. The pen-like nature of this brush pen makes it much easier to handle than more brush-like brush pens like the Pentel and Platinum. This makes it ideal for those who have trouble handling a brush to easily get a brush-like line quality. Conversely, if you are looking to get that portable brush experience, these aren’t the pens for you. Also, I suspect that the nib on these pens will loseWeight Exercise some of their “springiness” over time.

I still have several more brush pens to test out and I will try to mix in some more reviews soon.


  1. JonSpratlin

    The main winning point for the Platinum Pocket Brush Pen is that the ink is waterproof. That has always been my one sticking point with the Pentel, the ink smears with watercolors. The Platinum Pocket Brush Pen waterprof ink cartridges also fit the Kuretake with makes that much more attractive as well. Pricey but with waterproof ink its very tempting.

    October 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm Reply

  2. JonSpratlin

    BTW you can get some great Asian pens here:

    They have a huge selection of stuff I’ve never seen anywhere else.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm Reply

  3. trev

    i agree about the ink. it is much better than the stuff found in the pentel. not only is it waterproof, but it just looks better. still, i just love the feel of the pentel, which i use almost exlcusively for on-the-go sketchbook stuff. the waterproof thing isn’t a huge issue for me for that. at home, for more final stuff, i use an old fashioned winsor newton no.7 with waterproof ink.

    October 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm Reply

  4. Alberto

    I enjoyed your very thorough brush pens reviews. Nice informative blog you’ve got going. The Pentel Pocket brush pen certainly seems to allow for the finest nrush strokes of the bunch. As for a more cost efficient Platinum waterproof ink cartridge/brush pen combo: the Kuretake No. 8 Fountain Hair Brush Pen might be a better choice than the pricier Kuretake No. 13. Its long slender barrel is slightly shorter than the similarly-priced soft Platinum Pocket Brush Pen that has been sold out at the JetPens site for a while now.

    November 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm Reply

  5. trev

    thanks for the heads up. i will have to try out the kuretake no.8. looks interesting.

    by the way, it looks like jetpens has some pentel brush pens in stock now. and if they run out, i’ve used scribblers in the UK before as well (but they tend to be a bit more expensive).

    November 11, 2008 at 5:46 am Reply

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