Brushes and brush pens are an integral part of Japanese black ink painting, or sumi-eand Japanese calligraphy, and it’s worth investing in some high-end brushes. Natural bristles, such as weasel or marten bristles, are elastic and responsive, ideal for creating fine, fine lines and sweeping up thicker marks, but the high-quality nylon bristles mimic the excellence of natural bristles and are more durable and affordable. Brush pens are a practical alternative, combining the best of traditional calligraphy brushes with the latest fountain pen technology. Browse our selection of the best brush pens to find the right one for you.
1. Tombow brush pen set
This trio of pens varies in terms of tip style. One is hard, the other is soft, and the third is a double brush with black and gray ink. The set is a great option if you are looking for variety or trying to decide what type of stylus is best for your project. Pen barrels are slim and easy to maneuver, and they offer a clean, easy way to practice your calligraphy without worrying about messy ink pots.
2. Kuretake Sumi brush pen
Kuretake’s affordable Sumi brush pen features a durable nylon tip with bristles so fine and responsive you’ll think they’re made from premium, all-natural hair. The tip retains its shape over time to create fine, thin lines and thick, wide lines. This set comes with three replacement non-waterproof ink cartridges. However, the pen is compatible with the Platinum Fountain Pen Converter, which allows the use of most types of inks, including waterproof.
3. Pentel Fude brush pen
Pentel designed his brush pen with traditional Japanese calligraphy brushes in mind. This pen is affordable and practical, a perfect pen for introducing calligraphy to students. The nylon brush tip has an extra fine tip to create extremely fine but nuanced lines. Its handle serves as an inkwell and the amount of ink flowing to the tip of the brush is controlled by squeezing the handle. Charging handles are available; simply unscrew the old handle and replace it with a new one. Pens contain a lot of ink and do not run out quickly. Teachers love these pens because they are affordable and durable.
4. Kuretake brush pen n ° 40
The tip of this premium brush pen is made with genuine sable hair, making ink application easy and true to classic calligraphy. It also features a durable all-metal body, covered in fine rubber for a comfortable grip and non-slip grip. The pen comes with three ink cartridges and replacement sable tips are also available. This pen is not for the beginner, however, as it takes practice to learn how to achieve the strokes you desire.
5. Kaimei Sumi brush pen
Kaimei’s popular brush pen bristles are made from resilient and responsive weasel bristles, which can produce marks ranging from ultra-fine lines to sweeping strokes. The pen’s ink cartridges, three of which are included, are easy to replace and the ink inside is a deep black.