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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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Zebra, Kuretake, Tombow brush pen showdown

Because it was obviously meant to be, I recently won a Jetpens x Illustration Friday giveaway for six disposable brush pens: two sizes each of Zebra, Kuretake, and Tombow brush pens. I have actually bought and used every single one of these pens before, but I have never had fresh new pens of each type all at the same time, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to properly compare them all!

Brush pen showdown time.

Brush pen showdown time.

Zebra actually has a third size of disposable brush pen (super fine), and while the giveaway loot didn’t include it, I just happened to have several brand new pens of this type, so I included it in this comparative review as well.

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Zebra disposable brush pens

I don’t go to Daiso very often because every time I do, I walk out with a dozen office supplies I don’t immediately need. But apparently, they no longer carry most of the mysterious brush pens I encountered last year. Or at least, their downtown Seattle location doesn’t.

They did, however, have some other brush pens for sale when I went in late December:

Zebra disposable brush pens.

Zebra disposable brush pens.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but these are the same Zebra disposable brush pens that are available on Jetpens for $2.50 each, so with Daiso’s $1.50 everything, I got them at a nice discount. Scooore.

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