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Review: Zebra Usu-Zumi Grey Brush Pen

My local Daiso has stocked Zebra brush pens pretty regularly for a while now, and it’s usually where I load up on the Zebra super fines I like so much. While I was in Richmond, BC, though, I stopped by their monstrous two-story Daiso and saw some pens I hadn’t seen before, including this mysterious Zebra one.

Zebra Usu-Zumi brush pen in and out of packaging

Searching around later, it seems this is the Zebra “Usu-Zumi” brush pen (P-WF1-GR), which is confusingly labeled “black” in most places, despite actually being a grey ink pen.

The pen doesn’t seem widely available online, and when it is, it’s usually bundled with the other Zebra brush pens or priced anywhere between $3 and $8 as a single pen, so Daiso’s $1.50 price ($2.00 CAD) was a great deal.

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Top 3 Pens for Inking

I’ve wanted do some kind of “top pens” post for a while, and with Inktober just around the corner, I figure now is a great time to talk about pens for inking.

Top Overall Recommended

  1. Tombow Fudenosuke hard
  2. Pentel pocket brush (review)
  3. Sakura Micron pens

These are my top picks in each category of felt tip brush pen, synthetic hair brush pen, and technical pen, then ranked in order of which I personally use the most. A Pentel pocket brush, maybe two of the Tombows, and a set of Microns, easily arms you for every kind of line you might want to make and can definitely carry you through a month of daily ink drawings.

“Real” brushes and dip pen nibs weren’t considered here since I don’t use them nearly as often and have way less expertise as a result. No fountain pens either, since I don’t use them to draw as much as I use them to write… but recent acquisitions may well change this in time for next year… That category also open up the wonderful world of inks, which is a whole ‘nother ballgame entirely and something I’m still slowly exploring.

So for now, just pens! But no fountain pens. It’s mostly brush pens. No one’s surprised.

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Review: Ohuhu Calligraphy Brush

A familiar story: I needed a few extra bucks of stuff to get free shipping on Amazon, so I searched for brush pens and grabbed a cheap one I hadn’t tried before.

No? No one else does this? It’s just me? Well, that’s how I ended up with the Ohuhu Calligraphy Brush, the first piston-fill brush pen I’ve ever encountered.

What a fancy box!

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Review: Copic Gasenfude brush pen

The Copic Gasenfude is a disposable, nylon bristle tip brush pen, and something I’d been wanting to try out for a while, since Copic’s only other brush pens, from the Multiliner series, are felt tips.

Copic Gasenfude US packaging.

The Gasenfude has been available in Japan a while, but not many reputable online retailers had it available until recently, when a version of it finally released for US markets. I picked one up from the Copic booth at Emerald City Comicon this year.

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Review: Kuretake ZIG Fudebiyori Metallic pens

On a routine pen refill order, I impulsed the Kuretake ZIG fudebiyori metallic pens in gold and silver to make free shipping.

Last year I played around with various gold inks and gold acrylic paint, but other than the tried and true Uni-ball Signo gel ink pens, I haven’t really tried many metallic pens and never a metallic brush pen… These were a lot of fun.

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