Japanese brush pen: Kuretake: High-Quality Japanese Brush Pens & Manga Tools

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Brush Pens: The Definitive Guide

At Jackson’s we have a wide range of black ink brush pens which vary wildly – from their width, to how they hold, to the quality of line and colour. A proportion of these originate from Far East Asia, where a strong tradition of both calligraphy and manga art demands pens that offer intensely black ink and expressive strokes. This article explains how Eastern and Western pens vary, and which are best suited to your way of working, whether your passion is sketching, calligraphy, watercolour line and wash or technical drawing.

 

The Difference Between Eastern and Western Pens

Kuretake, Pentel, Shin Han, Akashiya, Sakura and Tombow are all well known Eastern brush pen manufacturers, while Winsor and Newton and Faber Castell are examples of Western brush manufacturers. All Western pens tend to have a felt nib, while a portion of Eastern pens have a nib made of fine synthetic hairs. Such brush pens therefore perform more like a brush than a conventional pen. This means that when applying very quick vigorous strokes, you can see the individual hairs in the marks as you lift the pen. Additionally, when these pens are used on cold pressed or rough watercolour paper, the strokes tend to break up and show the dimples of the paper, whereas felt pens tend to offer a much more even coverage.

Some of the names you may come across when browsing Kuretake pens indicate the kind of pen it is, for example fude means brush in Japanese, fudegokochi means a brush that is comfortable to hold, and bimoji means beautiful characters, suggesting the pen is ideal for Japanese calligraphy. The literal translation of fudenosuke is ‘brush assistant’ – literally assisting you with your beautiful drawings and writing!

 

 

Felt and Synthetic Brush Hair Nibs

Within the two varieties of felt nib and synthetic hair nibs, you will also come across nibs of varying lengths and widths. In the table we list the dimensions of each nib. The length of a nib and its flexibility will influence the range of width achievable with a pen (i.e. a very flexible long nib will be capable of a wide variety of different width lines, a short rigid nib will only have a narrow range of line widths), while the width at the base of the nib will go some way to indicate ink flow. This is of particular interest if the ink in the pen is translucent. If it is and the width of the nib is wide, it suggests that if you apply greater pressure, the mark you make will appear more saturated with ink, as more ink can flow from the pen.

 

The width of a pen’s barrel influences its suitability for particular drawing techniques

 

The Barrel of a Pen

The vast majority of brush pens have a plastic barrel. A standard 10mm wide barrel will feel comfortable to hold in the normal, letter writing position. A regular pen is usually around 13-14cm long. Some of the eastern pens are narrower in the barrel, and longer. These replicate the proportions of a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush and are comfortable to hold as you would a letter-writing pen, but also ideal for holding like a paintbrush, with your hand further towards the end of the pen, which is also as a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush would be held. Wider marker pen style barrels of around 15mm might become more uncomfortable in the hand if being used over a long period of time, and especially so if you are making controlled marks. They are designed for bold mark marking, and less so for precision.

 

The Difference Between Different Shades of Black

Black ink has a tendency to have a degree of warmth or coolness about it. In a nutshell, this means the shade of black will tend towards brown if warm, and blue or violet if cool. If you drag a wet brush over a watersoluble ink, it can be fascinating to see how the dilute version of the ink draws out the undertones of the colour, often creating surprising umbers or violets. Additionally it is worth noting how transparent or opaque the ink is, and considering whether you’d like layers of marks to remain visible, or if you need your coverage to be more opaque.

 

The Water Solubility of Ink

If you wish for your watersoluble ink mark to disappear completely, it will do if you saturate it with water and blot it gently with a clean sponge. As can be seen in the images below, diluting a pen mark with water can really show some wildly differing results, all dependent on the pigments or dyes used to make the paint. Dye based inks may dilute out into a variety of different shades (for example the Molotow Aqua Color pen has shades of violet, blue and grey), while pigments tend to dilute into even shades of colour. Waterproof pen marks need to be completely dry to be waterproof. If they are applied to damp paper they will dissolve and bleed on the page.

 

The Difference Between Pigment and Dye Pens

Dyes are water soluble whereas pigments are not. Pigment particles suspend within the binder of the ink, such as gum arabic, while dyes are dissolved in a binder; you could liken pigments as being like sand in water, while dyes are more like sugar in water. Unless a pigment in a pen is regarded as being particularly fugitive, it will usually have a much better lightfastness rating than a dye based pen. For this reason we advise that dye based pens are only used for sketchbook work or work that is intended for reproduction, and to only use pigment pens for works that are likely to be exposed to light for prolonged periods of time (such as artwork that will hang on a wall).

 

Alcohol Based Pens

Alcohol based pens tend to carry an odour with them, which can become heady if working over a long time. They also tend to bleed through paper. They dilute in alcohol but are waterproof and are ideal for bold marks.

 

Refillable Pens

Pentel, Royal Talens, Copic, Kuretake, Molotow and ShinHan all offer refillable pens, some of which also have replaceable nibs. However it is possible to refill some disposable pens with ink. It is worth checking the pen, and whether it has a removable end or nib. If you see that the plastic is not seamlessly joined throughout the pen, then it can be worth attempting to prize the pen open with pliers once it is out of ink and seeing if you can pipette some more ink into it! If you do this we strongly recommend you use the same kind of ink to refill (i.e. pigment ink for pigment pens, dye ink for dye pens) as a different kind of ink may impair the flow of the pen. Refilling disposable pens can be fiddly and messy, but will reduce plastic waste!

 

How to Dispose of Your Pen after Use

Many of the disposable pens available are unfortunately hard to recycle. Luckily in 21 countries around the world, Terracycle have collaborated with BIC pens to offer a pen recycling service. Visit the Terracycle site (this link is for the UK site, other Terracycle websites are online for other countries) and watch the video which explains how pens are broken down and used to make new products, including garden furniture and flooring tiles.

Use this writing instruments recycling drop off map on Google Maps (UK) to find your nearest drop off location for your pens.

 

Brush Pen Comparison Table

Our table compares the nibs, colour, water solubility and permanence of a variety of brush pens. Click the image below to enlarge, or download our PDF version here to print.

 


 

Visual Guide to Marks, Pen by Pen

Below is a list of brush pens in alphabetical order, accompanied with images of the marks they make on Bristol board paper, and how the watersoluble pen marks appear on cold pressed watercolour paper, after a wet watercolour brush has diluted the colour. Waterproof pens on cold pressed paper are shown if a particularly interesting texture is found in the marks. Please note drawn marks are not to scale (an indication of line widths is in the table above).

 

Akashiya SAI Colouring Brush Pen : Black (water soluble)

from a range of 30 colours

Akashiya SAI on Bristol board

 

Akashiya SAI diluted on cold pressed paper

 


 

Copic Multiliner Pigment Pen, Medium Brush : Black (waterproof)

other nibs available in the range

Copic Multiliner Medium Brush on Bristol board

 


 

Copic Multiliner Pigment Pen, Small Brush : Black (waterproof)

other nibs available in the range

Copic Multiliner Small brush on Bristol board

 


 

Copic Multiliner SP : Brush (waterproof)

nine sizes available

 

Copic Multiliner SP on Bristol board

 

 


 

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen – Big Brush : Black (waterproof)

White big brush also available

Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush on Bristol board

 

 


 

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen – Soft Brush : Black (waterproof)

from a range of 11 colours

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen – Soft Brush on Bristol board

 

 


 

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen – Brush : Black (waterproof)

from a range of 54 colours

 

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen – Brush on Bristol board

 

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio Black Pen – Large and medium sizes (waterproof)

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio Black Pen – Large

 

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio large on Bristol board

 

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio large on cold pressed paper

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio medium brush pen

 

Kuretake Bimoji Cambio medium pen on Bristol board

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Black Pen – available in extra fine, fine, medium and large sizes (waterproof)

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Black Pen extra fine

Kuretake Bimoji Fude black extra fine pen on Bristol board

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Black pen fine

 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Black fine pen on Bristol board

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Medium pen

 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude medium on Bristol board

 


 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Large Black pen

Kuretake Bimoji Fude large black pen on Bristol board

 


 

Kuretake Futaho Kabura ‘No.

30’ Fude Pen (watersoluble)

Kuretake Futaho Kabura ‘No.30’ Fude Pen on Bristol board

Kuretake Futaho Kabura ‘No.30’ Fude Pen diluted on cold pressed paper

 


 

Kuretake Fudegokochi Japanese Brush Pen, Fine and Medium Nibs (water soluble)

Kuretake Fudegokochi Japanese Brush Pen, Fine nib on Bristol board

 

Kuretake Fudegokochi Japanese Brush Pen, Fine dilute on cold pressed paper

 

Kuretake Fudegokochi Japanese Brush Pen, Medium on Bristol board

 

Kuretake Fudegokochi Medium dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Kuretake Keicho Kabura ‘No.6’ Fude Pen (watersoluble)

Kuretake Keicho Kabura ‘No.6’ Fude Pen on Bristol board

 

Kuretake Keicho Kabura ‘No.6’ Fude Pen dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Molotow Aqua Colour Brush Marker, Deep Black (water soluble)

from a range of 12 colours

Molotow Aqua Colour Brush Marker, Deep Black on Bristol board

Molotow Aqua Colour Brush Marker, Deep Black dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Molotow Blackliner Brush Pen (waterproof)

other sizes available

Molotow Blackliner Brush Pen on Bristol board

 


 

Pentel Watercolour Brush Pen (water soluble)

Olive green and refills available here

Pentel Watercolour Brush Pen on Bristol board

 

Pentel Watercolour Brush Pen diluted on cold pressed paper

 


 

Pentel Pigment Brush pen (waterproof)

 

Pentel Pigment Brush pen on Bristol board

 

Pentel Pigment Brush pen on cold pressed paper (waterproof)

 


 

Royal Talens Ecoline Watercolour Brush pen (water soluble)

from a range of 54 colours

Royal Talens Ecoline on Bristol board

 

 

Royal Talens Ecoline diluted on cold pressed paper

 


 

Sakura Koi Color Brush Pen (water soluble)

from a range of 47 colours

Sakura Koi Color Brush Pen on Bristol board

Sakura Koi Color Brush Pen dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Sakura Pigma Brush Pen – fine, medium and bold sizes (waterproof)

Sakura Pigma Fine nib

 

Sakura Pigma fine nib on Bristol board

 

Sakura Pigma Medium nib

Sakura Pigma Medium nib on Bristol board

 

Sakura Pigma Bold nib

 

Sakura Pigma Bold nib on Bristol board

 


 

Shin Han Touch Liner Brush nib (waterproof)

from a range of 9 colours

 

ShinHan Touch liner on Bristol board

 


 

ShinHan Touch Twin Brush Pen (waterproof)

from a range of 204 colours

ShinHan Touch Twin Brush Pen on Bristol board

 


 

Tombow ABT Pro Alcohol Based Marker Pen PN15 Black and PN25 Lamp Black

from a range of 107 colours

 

Tombow ABT Pro Alcohol Based Marker Pen PN15 Black on Bristol board

 

 

 

 

Tombow ABT Pro Alcohol Based Marker Pen PN25 Lamp Black on Bristol board


 

Tombow Dual Tip Blendable Brush Pen (water soluble)

from a range of 96 colours

 

Tombow Dual Tip Blendable Brush Pen on Bristol board

Tombow Dual Tip Blendable Brush Pen dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Brush Pen : Hard, Soft and Twin tip (waterproof)

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy pen hard nib

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Brush Pen hard nib on Bristol board

 


 

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Brush Pen soft nib

 

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Brush Pen soft nib on Bristol board

 


 

Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Brush Pen Black and Grey nibs

 

Tombow Fudenosuke Twin tip soft brush pen on Bristol board

 


 

Winsor and Newton Promarker Watercolour – Ivory Black and Lamp Black

from a range of 36 colours

Winsor and Newton Watercolour Promarker Ivory Black

 

Winsor and Newton Promarker Watercolour Ivory Black on Bristol board

 

Winsor and Newton Promarker Watercolour Ivory Black dilute on cold pressed paper

 


 

Winsor and Newton Watercolour Promarker Lamp Black

 

Winsor and Newton Promarker Watercolour Lamp Black on Bristol board

 

Winsor and Newton Promarker Watercolour Lamp Black dilute on cold pressed paper

 

 


 

Pens at Jacksonsart. com

Paper at Jacksonsart.com

 

Calligraphy Pens – A Tool Enable You Instantly To Write Japanese Calligraphy

For Japanese calligraphy Shodo, one uses writing brush and Sumi ink to write. However, equipment for Shodo is not enough for them. You need a tray to keep the ink (called Suzuri), brush pillow (to avoid Sumi ink to stick to table), tool box to keep delicate brush etc. To enjoy Shodo calligraphy writing, you need to prepare equipment, and you also have to wash, dry and tidy up what you’ve done. Frankly, it’s quite a work to enjoy Japanese calligraphy.

That’s totally fine if you love to do Japanese calligraphy Shodo, or you’re a genuine calligrapher, but you may feel it’s too much to try some calligraphy writings. It’s also the case for Japanese. We sometimes need to write calligraphy just for a sentence; it’s a great idea for write celebrating letter in Shodo calligraphy, or address on an envelope of gift money (Japanese have a custom to give gift money occasionally) is supposed to write by calligraphy. To meet these demands, stationery makers have developed a convenient pen, what we call “Fude pen” meaning writing brush pen.

Writing brush pen literally has both features of writing brush and ballpoint pen. You can feel like writing by ballpoint pens, but written characters look like ones by a writing brush. Unlike writing brush and Sumi ink, you don’t care about refill ink while you write. Yes, you have to put your brush in ink frequently just like a quill pen. Of course, you don’t need that troublesome preparation and cleaning up of calligraphy equipment. You can even take the “Shodo set” with you, and write calligraphy whenever you want to.

In this post, I’ll introduce this amazing equipment writing brush pen.

How to Use Japanese Calligraphy Pens?

Fude pen, or writing brush pen, has only good points of writing brush and ballpoint pen. It’s quite easy to use. What you need to use is just hold and put off a cap. Writing feel of the writing brush pen is, however, unlike ballpoint pens. Its nib is thick and soft so that writer can write characters like calligrapher.

An important point to use writing brush pens is to keep 45 degrees. You should keep nib angles to be 45 degrees. And you should keep angles of your dominant arm and of the other hand to be 45 degrees as well. (see the image above) Try to keep that angle while you’re writing.
Other than that, you can write as you feel. Sumi ink that is necessary for calligraphy writing is already set in the pen body. It gradually comes out as ballpoint pens, so you can keep writing as much as you want to.

Product Variations of Japanese Calligraphy Pens

Genuine writing brush has variations in tips of brushes so that calligrapher can choose the best one that can express what s/he want to. Likewise, writing pen brush has some variations in nibs. The image above shows three major types of nibs. One is closer to the writing feel of ballpoint pen, one is closer to the writing feel of brush, and the last one is in between. The closer writing feel is to writing brush, the more technique of calligraphy writing is required.

In addition, there are variety of writing brush pens among a nib type; there are variations in thichness, or there are different colors such as red, gold and silver, in addition to the basic color of black. It’s price is several hundred yens (around $5/€4), so you can choose some interests you and just try.

It’s Also Possible to Write Drawings by Calligraphy Pens

Finally, let me introduce some arts done by writing brushes.

This is a part of the Buddhism spell written by writing brush pen.
Original work is basically done by genuine calligraphy equipment, it’s possible to duplicate similar spell by this easy-going pen. If you’re new to this kind of pen, there are practice sheets found on web search!

These drawings are all done by writing brush pens. With unique writing feels and ink, you can express this kind of dynamic drawings making full use of tint and thickness of lines.

Author – Hiro

Lived in Kyoto in school days, I was impressed by profundity of history and tradition of the city. Had a job to join the three major festivals of Kyoto: Aoi, Jidai and Gion festivals. Love Kyoto and Japanese culture.
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Best Japanese Calligraphy and Brush Pens 2021 | Create Beautiful Scripts

It takes a lot of practice to use calligraphy and brush pens the right way. So here are the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens for you to master your calligraphic strokes and create beautiful scripts! 

Calligraphy and brush pens are extremely popular in Japan, and they have been for centuries. Working with calligraphy and brush pens require unbiased focus and concentration; it is a relaxing activity that takes you to a zen mode. But you cannot just take any pen; you need the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens to help you master this traditional Japanese art to perfection. 

I recently started practicing calligraphy and totally loving it! You need pens that thicken on even the slightest pressure, but can also be used for fine lines. The pens should also easily shift from dark to light and back again. So here are some of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens I’ve curated so you can have the right start as well! 

Best Japanese Calligraphy And Brush Pens

#1 — Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens

Best Japanese Calligraphy Brush Pen For Illustrations

Most of the Japanese brush pens are made using blank ink and are used for decorative writing, however, that does not mean you cannot use some colors. This set from Akashiya is one of the best brush pens you can get; these pens are versatile and are great in terms of quality. It has a soft brush tip and is perfect for drawing manga, coloring, illustrations, comics, etc.  

With a Japanese calligraphy brush pen, you should be able to draw or write a letter or sign your name. This multi-color brush pen set is perfect for these purposes; they let you draw, write, and sign, all flawlessly. The bristles are perfectly designed and have slim handles.

#2 — Kuretake Pocket Brush Pen

Best Japanese Calligraphy Brush Pen For Beginners

I love brush pens that I can carry with me in my pocket, which is why I love this beautiful pocket-size Japanese calligraphy brush pen by Kuretake. It is short, tiny, and can easily slip inside my pocket. It has a fine tip, but you only need to add a tiny amount of pressure to make strokes up to 1.5 mm wide. The pen can be gift-wrapped when you order it. It is a great pen to give as a gift for somebody who loves artistic strokes.

Related: Prefer doodling instead? Here are best Japanese gel pens perfect for drawing, doodling, or simply writing!

#3 — JapanBargain Ink Prefiled Calligraphy Pen

Best Japanese Calligraphy Pen For Asian Calligraphy

The pen is made and meant for Japanese calligraphy writing. It already comes with black ink prefilled and is designed like your regular pens for easy use. You can easily carry this pen around with you and practice those perfect calligraphy strokes wherever and whenever. The tip of the brush is layered to allow you to make strokes of different widths, just like you do in calligraphy. 

Because it looks like a standard pen, it is easy to hold and so, is perfect for somebody who is just beginning his or her calligraphy journey. You can comfortably practice your strokes with this pen.Definitely one of the best calligraphy and brush pens! 

#4 — Sumi Calligraphy Brush Pen

Best Japanese Calligraphy Brush Pen With Nylon Tip

This Sumi brush pen can replicate the strokes of a traditional Japanese brush. The brush has a nylon tip that is designed in such a way that it imitates the strokes of an authentic Japanese calligraphy brush to perfection.

The brush is portable; you can carry it around with you in your bag and begin your calligraphy practice wherever you are. The ink is also refillable. It comes with three refills so you do not have to worry about it getting over. You can use this as a calligraphy brush or as a typical fountain pen. If you’ve already got a hang of calligraphy and are looking to take your skill to the next level, this is one of the best calligraphy and brush pens for you! 

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#5 — Magic Rewritable Calligraphy Pen

Best Japanese Calligraphy Pen For Beginners

True Buddhist calligraphy masters only get one shot to get the calligraphy right; there are no rooms for any mistake. But unlike them, you are allowed to cheat and start over, again and again. And for that purpose, nothing is better than this magic rewritable calligraphy pen. 

It does not use ink. You just need water and the writing fabric that comes with the set. It is the perfect practicing set for beginners who are not yet confident about their calligraphy skills. When you use water to write on the fabric, it looks just like ink but vanishes in a couple of minutes, giving you a plain palette to start over. The set comes with three brushes, rack for them, water dish, and the fabric. Before you indulge in calligraphy brushes, this is a good place to start. If you’ve just started working on your calligraphy skill, this is one of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens you could get for yourself! 

#6 — NUOLUX Sumi Calligraphy Brush Set

Authentic Japanese Calligraphy Brush Set 

Here’s another one of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens you should give a try. The calligraphy brush set from NUOLUX looks authentic. It also uses wolf hair for the brushes, just how it is supposed to be. The brushes have super long handles, just the way they are with authentic brushes. These pens are used both for writing and painting. You will need to get ink and paper to begin with. Now, this is where you can go truly authentic by buying an ink stone and grinding bowl or you can simply get a jug of ink.  

#7 — Goat And Wolf Hair Brush Set

Best Japanese Calligraphy Brushes

These brushes are beautiful and authentic and are made with real goat and wolf hair. There are three different sizes in the set. The brushes swell when you dip in the water, which shows just how absorbent they are. This is a great feature to have in calligraphy writing brushes. 

The wooden handles are stylish and long; they have been designed to give you maximum comfort. You can practice calligraphy for hours using these pens and not worry about getting hand cramps. These pens have modern designs but have features of those authentic Japanese calligraphy pens. You will have to buy your own ink and paper. Again, you can take the long, authentic route or cheat on the ink.

I recommend having one of these best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens set in your collection!

#8 — Lang Hao Japanese Calligraphy Pen Set

Best Japanese Calligraphy Pen For Calligraphists 

This calligraphy set works as a great gifting option; a lover of calligraphy will love this beautiful set that comes in a gorgeous box. The brushes are made with real wolf hair, just how traditional Japanese calligraphy pens are supposed to be made. The deal about using wolf hair is that it prevents the ink from dripping and is super absorbent. It basically saves your ink from being wasted. The pens are versatile, with each brush head designed to produce a different brush stroke. 

This is one of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens to give as a gift to a calligraphist! 

#9 — Pentel Fude Brush Pen

Best Japanese Calligraphy Fude Brush For Beginners

This is yet another Japanese brush pen that you can carry around with you. You can use this pen all the time, anywhere you want. The tip of the pen is fine, so it barely looks like a brush. This, however, has a benefit. You do not have to reserve the pen specifically for calligraphy; you can use it for everyday purposes too. 

The body of the pen is designed like typical ball point pens, which makes it comfortable to hold and write with. This is great for beginners who are just beginning the journey and cannot handle thin, long handles yet. This is another one of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens for beginners!

#10 — Kuretake Bimoji Felt Tip Brush Pen with Special Grip

Best Japanese Calligraphy Brush With Felt Tip 

The Bimoji brush pen is specifically made for Manga-style Japanese calligraphy writing. The brush head of the pen is medium-thick, which allows you to make solid strokes. The tip is made of felt, but the strokes created by it make it seem like you are using genuine animal hair to make your brush strokes. It’s definitely one of the most affordable and best calligraphy and brush pens I’ve used. 

The pen contains water-based ink, which causes a downside as you cannot refill it after it gets over. But the ink is also helpful in making the calligraphy strokes look genuine and authentic. 

Tips on how to hold and write with calligraphy and brush pens

#1 — Hold the pen like you would a brush, with the end facing up

The key to getting the perfect strokes is to hold the pen with the end facing up. Doing this makes it easier for you to control the thickness of your strokes. You must lightly grasp the pen and hold it gently. You can get good strokes if you apply too much force and pressure. To provide ease to your hand and arm, you must remember to keep your posture straight.

#2 — Control the thickness

Do you want to make your work look like traditional Japanese calligraphy? You must learn how to control and flow smoothly between thick and thin strokes. 

If you want thin lines, only touch the tip of the brush to the paper. If you are unable to get fine lines, you are probably writing with too much angle or force; you need to relax your hand and softly touch the paper. 

For thick lines, push the entire length of the tip against the page. Doing this increases the area touched by the brush, and it naturally results in thicker lines.

#3 — Practice

You do not rush with something so zen and relaxing as calligraphy. If you think you cannot get the hang of calligraphy writing, slow down. You cannot turn into a calligraphy master right at the beginning of your journey. It takes a lot of practice to perfect this soulful art. All you have to do is keep practicing.

Ready to draw out those perfect letters?

These were some of the best Japanese calligraphy and brush pens that you can get to start your journey of calligraphy writing. I hope you found something that suits your needs. Happy Zen time to you!

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Best Japanese Calligraphy and Brush Pens

Here are the Best Japanese Calligraphy and Brush Pens for you to try!000

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Product Description|AKASHIYA CO.,LTD 株式会社あかしや


Our brush tips are meticulously crafted by our skilled professionals.

Water-based pigment ink faithfully reproduces Japan’s elegant traditional colors.

SAI has preserved the very essence of applying both line and color.

With the feel of fine calligraphy pens SAI brush pens allow you to move effortlessly between bold and fine lines. With the brush tip dipped in water or with a moistened paper, you can create gently spreading and shading effects.
SAI works wonderfully with pencils or water-resistant pens to unleash endless expression possibilities.


Color blending

A wide range of color blending is available simply by adjusting the degree of the ink’s dryness.


Shades

By dipping the brush tip in water, you can freely create gently spreading and shading effects.


The touch of an authentic calligraphy brush

Simply by changing writing pressure, you can create lines not expressible with felt pens.


Safety pen cap (meets British Standard)

Japanese Calligraphy Watercolor Brush Pen Set – KonMari

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Arts & Traditions

A brush pen is like a  marker and a pot of watercolor paint rolled into one. Used by calligraphers and illustrators, they are wildly versatile – and addictively easy: Simply uncap a pen and start painting! Use the pens on their own – or create shading, gradients and other effects by adding water with the included brush, or dipping the tip of the pen into water. 

This set includes 14 colored brush pens, a water brush pen, and an extra-fine black brush pen. Made in Nara, Japan by Akashiya, a venerable company that’s been producing brushes and art supplies for over 300 years. 

Dimensions

9.1″ L x 7.2″ W x 0.7″ H

Materials

Ink made from water-based pigment

Please Note

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Wash skin with soap and water.
If inhaled, rinse out mouth immediately. Consult a doctor if necessary.
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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen – OMG Japan

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Rich expression Color Brush pen [ABT] 108 colorsToward a new art boom that exchanges through SNS

Tombow Pencil Co. , Ltd. (Head office, Kita-ku, Tokyo, President, Akihiro Ogawa), the brush pen type of the Water-based, pigment color twin marking PEN [ABT] (an agent/trade name) is added to the new color 12 colors in all 108 colors. We will launch our own hand lettering (called modern calligraphy) and art to a new art boom that exchanges the world through SNS.
The product form and the set product are as follows.
1. “ABT monochromatic” (108 colors)/300 yen per tax (324 yen including tax)
2. “ABT12 color basic”/3,600 yen by tax (tax 3,888 yen) *
3. “ABT12 color pastel”/Price ditto *
4. “ABT12 Color Portrait”/Price ditto *
5. “ABT24 Color basic”/7,200 yen by tax (tax 7,776 yen) *
6. “ABT36 Color basic”/10,800 yen (tax incl. 11,664 yen)
※ One of the set of the mark is a color-less blender (a brush that makes colorless ink/gradient)
All species are available on November 9th. The annual sales plan for this product is 210,000, 63 million yen (retail price).

■ Abt pen features
This product is a twin-marking pen with two pens with the same brush core as a traditional Japanese brush and a narrow core that can write 0. 8 mm lines.
The brush core is a nylon fiber core which is hard to crumble, and the tip is about 12mm in length. You can also brush and delicate expression as well as dynamic brush. The thin core is a polyester core that the line of 0.8 mm is stable and can be had enough sense, and it is suitable for the expression and the character writing which wants highlight and edge feeling. Both caps are breathable caps.

■ ABT ink and blender features
a new color of 12 colors (below) to enrich the expression in the rich color variations of all 108 colors.

The ink is an Water-based, pigment ink and the color is familiar with the paper. Since the water-based Water-based, pigment ink is a property of mixing ink with each other, and the nature melts, the color is superimposed and the color expression is unique = the right illustration, and the “colorless blender” (colorless ink) also gives a gradient effect. Right hand lettering.
I set the color-less blender to blotting out colors in this set product, and expanded the width of the expression.
[New color 12 colors]
Lemon Lime, Alice blue, Jade Green, Aqua, Bright Blue, Tiki teal, Jet Blue, Mauve, Pink Punch, Opal, Warm Gray 8, Cool Gray 8

The brush pen marking
abt in the spotlight in ■ SNS
was released in 1984, it was established in the art students, designers, designer, etc. in Japan and abroad as a basic art pen, Sales have been favorable for several years mainly in Europe and the United States.
The background is the birth of social media that anyone can join on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., and the new art boom that exchanges by posting the hand lettering and illustration work of the desire. The boom is taking place because these influencers and opinion leaders recommend color brush pens. Inspired by the art boom in SNS, greeting cards, notebooks, and pocketbook by conventional handwriting are also popular again.
With the fusion of digital and analog, we have expanded the boom of hand lettering and art at a speed without examples in the past, and since the same boom is being visited in Japan, we have tried to enrich ABT.

(Typical social media where hand lettering and art are posted)
ARCH DAYS (Domestic) Https://archdays.com/party
Better Letters (Europe) https://betterletters.co/
Little Miss Rose (USA) https://littlemissrose.com/

“Abt 12-color basic”, “abt 12-color pastel” and “ABT 12-color Portraits” from left
“ABT 24 Colors Basic” and “ABT 36 colors Basic” from left back row

■ Single color (108 colors)
Because this product is a common commodity in the world, the color display is made a number display systematically applied.
The right of the color number is a supplemental idiomatic name that conveys the origin of the color image.
In addition to the new color 12 color and the color-less blender (AB-TN00), this product becomes all 108 colors.

■ Multicolor set
in any set [colorless Blender (AB-TN00)] has been set one.

Examples of modern calligraphy and art by ABT

reviews on yield, photo and description of tomato varieties

Tomato Japanese brush is one of the most mysterious varieties: almost nothing is known about it, and it is very difficult to get the seeds. This is due to the fact that the variety is new and has yet to gain market positions. However, the characteristics suggest that many gardeners will like it.

Height Landing site Ripening terms Fruit color Fruit size Origin Fruit shape
Tall Greenhouse, open ground Mid-season Red Fine Grade Round

Contents of article

Description and characteristics of grade

Tomato Japanese brush are cherry tomatoes.Their indeterminate shrubs reach about 2 meters in height. Leaves of the usual type, light green. The fruits are collected in long clusters. The tomatoes are round, bright red, weighing about 30-60 g each. The pulp is juicy, sweet and sour, tasty.

Fruits are used for fresh consumption, preservation and other preparations, cooking, as well as decorating ceremonial feasts.

Advantages and disadvantages

Pros:

  • great taste;
  • beautiful elegant appearance;
  • long-term fruiting;
  • ease of care;
  • good yield
  • universal use.

Cons:

  • Susceptibility to temperature changes.

Features of cultivation and storage

The variety is grown in greenhouses, but thrives outdoors in warm areas with long summers. Bushes need pinching, for indeterminants the optimal number of stems is 2. They are tied to a trellis or stakes.

When grown outdoors in the first few weeks after planting, the plants are covered overnight with foil to protect them from the cold.

Planting and leaving

Sowing of seeds begins in March – April. For seedlings, soil is prepared from peat, sand and ordinary earth, slightly warmed up and treated with a solution of potassium permanganate. In the same solution, seeds are soaked for 1-2 hours for disinfection. Sow to a depth of 1 cm, cover with foil, keep warm and humid until germination. Then the cover is removed.

Dive at the stage of 2 full leaves. For 1 sq. m beds are planted in 3-4 bush.

A seedling is buried in the holes to the lower leaves.A scheme of about 30 by 50 cm is observed. Top dressing is applied to the bottom of the pits – humus or compost.

> Water the tomatoes at the root with warm water, regularly feed, mulch and loosen the ground.

Diseases and pests

In general, tomato has good immunity, it even resists late blight, but it can suffer from gray rot, fungi, bacterial diseases, tobacco mosaic. For prevention, follow the rules of care:

    1. Seeds and soil must be disinfected with a solution of hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate or aloe juice, and the soil is spilled in a permanent place with a solution of copper sulfate.
    2. In the greenhouse, the top layer of soil is changed annually, regular ventilation is carried out, and surfaces are disinfected.
    3. Do not plant tomatoes next to other nightshade beds to avoid cross-contamination.
    4. Avoid excess moisture, water in moderation.
    5. The bushes are regularly examined, when symptoms appear, they are treated with special drugs against curable diseases and the bushes are destroyed if the disease is incurable.
    6. Sprayed for prophylaxis with solutions of Bordeaux liquid or “Fitosporin”.
  • They use home remedies for parasites: soap solution for aphids, ammonia solution against bear, pepper and mustard for slugs.

    If the fruits have not yet begun to ripen, pesticides can be used.

    Expert opinion

    Valentina Rarely

    Editor-in-chief Repka.online. An experienced summer resident and gardener.

    Tomato The Japanese brush is not yet widely known, but it has all the makings for this. Therefore, having come across seeds on sale, a gardener should buy a bag in order to try the properties of a new tomato one of the first.

    Overall grade 5

    Reviews of those who grew

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    Natalia
    21.11.2018, 23:59

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    City: Bryansk
    Where they grew up: Greenhouse
    Manufacturer: Private collector

    Overall grade assessment

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    90,000 Japanese brush tomato and its benefits

    Cherry tomatoes are always popular.They look aesthetically pleasing in salads and preserved. According to many gourmets, their taste is more piquant than that of large tomatoes. In stores, small tomatoes are more expensive than ordinary ones. Therefore, more and more gardeners grow them in their garden.

    Some of the most interesting cherry varieties include the Japanese brush tomato. This crop has a high yield and excellent taste. Another advantage is its immunity to many plant diseases.

    Description and characteristics of the variety

    Siberian troika tomatoes grow in the open field like half-stems. They reach 60 cm, do not need formation, especially since they form few stepsons. But the bush seems to be spreading due to the wide-spread long leaves.

    In greenhouses, the tomato is led in 2-3 stalks, the shoots are stretched up to 120 cm. Thick, strong, but without a garter under the weight of the fruit, they can break or lie on the ground.

    Tomato variety Siberian Troika differs from others even at the seedling stage. She does not tend to stretch, compact, strong, with a thick trunk.

    The leaves are very large, with narrow segments, widely spaced.If they are not rationed, the bush is strongly thickened. Seems clumsy, but this is not a disease or nutritional imbalance, but a varietal trait.

    The first fruit cluster is formed after 6-7 leaves. Subsequent – through 2-3 internodes. In total, 5-6 brushes grow on the main shoot. The rest of the harvest is removed from the stepsons.

    This tomato should not be confused with Troika (Russian Troika). They have similar – only the name, even the shape of the fruit is different. Often the negative reviews received by the variety actually refer to the Troika created by the agricultural company Aelita.

    Description of fruits

    The Siberian Troika tomato, whose variety description provides for the formation of pepper-shaped fruits, actually produces tomatoes of various sizes. They can be elongated, as in the photo. But often on the same bush fruits grow, similar to pepper, pear or barrel. Each brush without rationing contains from 5 to 10 ovaries.

    The taste of the fruit is very good, the color is classic red. As with the shape, the size can vary greatly. The weight of the lower ones reaches 350 g, the length is about 15 cm.On the upper clusters, the tomatoes gradually become smaller, but they are too small only in the absence of care and unfavorable weather conditions. The pulp is firm, but juicy, with a high sugar content, pinkish in the cut. There are few seeds.

    The first brushes ripen rather quickly, in the mid-early period. But the pouring of the top fruits is stretched. This is not very good for the Siberian regions. When grown in soil, not all tomatoes have time to ripen. But brown ones can be ripened indoors, and green ones can be used for winter salads.

    The Siberian Troika tomato is suitable for all types of processing. The first tomatoes are not used for whole-fruit canning – they are too large. But the ovaries from the upper brushes after ripening perfectly fit into the jar.

    Harvest from one bush – 5 kg. For low, especially Siberian, tomatoes this is an excellent result.

    Bonsai Micro

    Japanese tomato Bonsai Micro f1 grown for ornamental purposes. It is the smallest tomato bush with small but tasty fruits.Plant height 12 cm. Stems are powerful, short. The leaves are wide, fleshy:

    • the fruit is round, orange-red, juicy;
    • berry weight 15 g;
    • specialists did not set the task of determining the yield of plants, but home growers claim that up to 300 g of fruits can be harvested from one bush;
    • hybrid variety, not affected by pathological microflora.

    More on the topic: What are the characteristics of a tomato Great Warrior?

    Bonsai is grown like a regular tomato.For planting, use a capacity of 3 liters. For plants, they maintain a temperature of 18-20 C. Branches and leaves on the bush are not cut off, axillary processes are not removed.

    For ornamental tomatoes, the same dressing is introduced as for large-fruited tomatoes. They use superphosphate, fertilizers with humic acids, sapropel, dry mixtures “Rodnichok”, “Organic Mix”.

    Correction is carried out if the tops interfere with the airing of the soil and fruits. Good lighting is important for the tomato.

    Nowadays, tomato varieties are very popular, characterized by a high level of productivity and resistance to various diseases. Tomatoes “Japanese brush” can be attributed to similar varieties.But, in addition to the characteristics described above, the presented tomato variety has a rather pleasant taste and a dense skin, which guarantees the safety of tomato fruits during transportation.

    Variety description

    Fruits of the “Japanese Brush” tomato variety are distinguished by their flat-round shape. By weight, tomatoes reach 300 grams, the weight of fruits grown on the lower clusters can reach 600 grams. The pulp of a tomato is juicy and firm.

    Tomatoes of the “Japanese Brush” variety do not lose their juiciness even after chopping.

    The taste of tomatoes “Japanese brush” is sweet with a slight sourness.

    The presented tomato variety is characterized by resistance to the following diseases:

    • as tobacco mosaic;
    • root and top rot.

    Tomato bushes can grow in height and are distinguished by high yields.

    The Japanese Brush tomato variety can be grown both outdoors and in greenhouses.

    Stems have simple inflorescences, leaves are light green in color. About 6 fruits can form on one stem. Tomatoes are mid-season and delight gardeners with a harvest until the end of autumn (but this is subject to quality plant care).

    Characteristics of grade

    Tomatoes of the “Japanese brush” variety have the following characteristics:

    • pleasant taste;
    • high yields;
    • variety is quite unpretentious, which allows it to be grown in a greenhouse or open soil;
    • attractive appearance of a tomato;
    • versatility.

    But, like many other varieties, tomatoes “Japanese brush” have some disadvantages, one of which is the vulnerability of the ovary to temperature extremes.

    The presented variety is perfect for use in various salads, as well as for fresh consumption. Many housewives use these tomatoes for canning, making tomato paste and various sauces.

    Features of cultivation

    Before starting to grow seedlings, you must first soak tomato seeds in a weak solution of potassium permanganate, after which the seeds are washed in warm water and placed in a dark place for two days.After completing the presented manipulations, you can start planting the plant.

    At first, it is recommended to water the seeds only with warm water.

    After the appearance of the first shoots, it is necessary to periodically take out the seedlings to fresh air for hardening. Each time, the amount of time spent outside the seedlings should increase.

    After warming up the soil, you can start planting seedlings in open ground:

    • At the same time, it is very important to choose a suitable place for growing, it must be well ventilated and not in the shade, partial shade is ideal.
    • The distance between the holes in which the tomato bush is placed should be 30-50 centimeters; before placing the tomato bush in the hole, the ground must be thoroughly watered with warm water.
    • How deep the hole will be depends entirely on the seedlings, as a rule, the bush should be placed at a depth that reaches the first lower leaves, but if the seedlings are strongly stretched up, then you can deepen it to 2 or even 3 leaves.
    • The stem in the planting pit must be laid neatly in a circle, this will help to increase the growth of the plant’s root system.
    • When tomato bushes are planted in the soil, you need to periodically feed them; in this situation, mineral and organic fertilizers, additives, and even humus are most often used.
    • The first watering after planting the plant should be carried out no earlier than after 10 days, during which time the shrubs will take root a little.

    Tomatoes of the “Japanese brush” variety belong to tall plants, therefore they need to be tied up. You need to take care of this even before the seedlings are planted in the soil, that is, you need to install a small iron peg near each shrub (you can also use wooden sticks) to which a tomato bush will be tied with ropes.

    If the cultivation of tomatoes is carried out in greenhouse conditions, do not forget about airing to normalize the humidity in the greenhouse.

    Not the least role in the cultivation of high-quality tomatoes is played by pinching, as extra leaves are removed, which take up a lot of nutrients and interfere with the formation of fruits.

    Subject to all the presented tips for growing tomatoes, every gardener will be able to enjoy juicy and delicious tomatoes.

    Diseases and pests

    Tomatoes of the “Japanese brush” variety are characterized by high resistance to various diseases of the nightshade. Even late blight does not affect the presented tomato variety, which in many cases leads to almost complete destruction of the crop.

    But as a preventive measure, irrigation of the beds and weeding of weeds should be carried out regularly.

    In general, diseases such as are dangerous for tomatoes:

    Plants may encounter many pests such as melon aphids, thrips, whiteflies or the Colorado potato beetle.To combat each of the pests, there are preparations. Nevertheless, many experienced gardeners in the fight against Colorado beetles and slugs prefer to use the old and proven method of collecting with their own hands and then burning them.

    For a more detailed acquaintance with the tomatoes of the “Japanese brush” variety, it is necessary to revise the photographs presented below.

    The Japanese brush tomato variety becomes more and more popular every year, as it is easy to take care of, but at the same time provides the gardener with a large amount of harvest.Differs in high indicators of strength and unique taste.

    Tomato Japanese brush is one of the most mysterious varieties: almost nothing is known about it, and it is very difficult to get the seeds. This is due to the fact that the variety is new and has yet to gain market positions. However, the characteristics suggest that many gardeners will like it.

    Height Landing site Ripening terms Fruit color Fruit size Origin Fruit shape
    Tall Greenhouse, open ground Mid-season Red Fine Grade Round

    Grade description and characteristics

    Tomato Japanese brush are cherry tomatoes.Their indeterminate shrubs reach about 2 meters in height. Leaves of the usual type, light green. The fruits are collected in long clusters. The tomatoes are round, bright red, weighing about 30-60 g each. The pulp is juicy, sweet and sour, tasty.

    Fruits are used for fresh consumption, preservation and other preparations, cooking, as well as decorating ceremonial feasts.

    Advantages and disadvantages

    • great taste;
    • beautiful elegant appearance;
    • long-term fruiting;
    • ease of care;
    • good yield
    • universal use.

    Cons:

    • Susceptibility to temperature changes.

    Features of cultivation and storage

    The variety is grown in greenhouses, but thrives outdoors in warm areas with long summers. Bushes need pinching, for indeterminants the optimal number of stems is 2. They are tied to a trellis or stakes.

    Planting and leaving

    Sowing of seeds begins in March – April. For seedlings, soil is prepared from peat, sand and ordinary earth, slightly warmed up and treated with a solution of potassium permanganate.In the same solution, seeds are soaked for 1-2 hours for disinfection. Sow to a depth of 1 cm, cover with foil, keep warm and humid until germination. Then the cover is removed.

    Dive at the stage of 2 full leaves. For 1 sq. m beds are planted in 3-4 bush.

    A seedling is buried in the holes to the lower leaves. A scheme of about 30 by 50 cm is observed. Top dressing is applied to the bottom of the pits – humus or compost.

    Diseases and pests

    In general, tomato has good immunity, it even resists late blight, but it can suffer from gray rot, fungi, bacterial diseases, tobacco mosaic.For prevention, follow the rules of care:

    1. Seeds and soil must be disinfected with a solution of hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate or aloe juice, and the soil is spilled in a permanent place with a solution of copper sulfate.
    2. In the greenhouse, the top layer of soil is changed annually, regular ventilation is carried out, and surfaces are disinfected.
    3. Do not plant tomatoes next to other nightshade beds to avoid cross-contamination.
    4. Avoid excess moisture, water in moderation.
    5. The bushes are regularly examined, when symptoms appear, they are treated with special drugs against curable diseases and the bushes are destroyed if the disease is incurable.
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