As I’ve said before, everyone will have their own favorite brush pens. It’s a pretty subjective thing! Today, I’m going to tell you about some of my favorites of the lesser known brush pens that I have.
While these are possibly less familiar brush markers to many, they are some more of my favorites. (These aren’t the brush pens I would necessarily recommend for beginners, except possibly the Stabilo Pen 68 brush.)
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Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen
This little Zig Cocoiro letter pen is one of my favorite small brush pens for brush calligraphy. While it’s probably not the one I would choose for an absolute beginner (a little less easy to control than a Zebra Funwari or Tombow Fudenosuke, for example) it really gives great results. (I have a post here, with some of my favorite brush pens for beginners.)
The body of the pen is often sold separately from the refill inside (which can be a little confusing, at first. I don’t think it’s typical for a brush pen body to be sold separately.) This Amazon link, though, sells them with a body and one refill included.
Here is the pen body, by itself, without the ink refill.
I buy the extra fine brush refills. There is a rollerball refill available for these, too, but I’ve never tried the rollerball. I bought mine from jetpens.com.
Not only is this pen adorable, but it’s so much fun to write with. The body of the pen comes in several colors, as do the refills. This pen allows for very fine hairlines, which is nice for modern calligraphy. The line variation (thicks and thins) is great.
Stabilo Pen 68 Brush Pen
The Stabilo Pen 68 brush pen is a wonderful brush pen, with a medium size tip. While this one is slightly more expensive than some of my other medium size brush pens, like the Kuretake Fudebiyori (which I also love), the Stabilo 68 Brush Pen might even be a little easier to control.
The size of the tip is a little smaller than, say, the Tombow Dual Brush pens, so the lettering is a nice medium size. Because it’s easier to control than some other brush pens, I would recommend the Stabilo 68 brush pen for beginners, as well as for those who are more experienced with brush calligraphy.
The colors are rich and saturated, and the tip seems really sturdy and bounces back well.
If you buy these, make sure you’re getting the brush pens, as Stabilo has other pens, too.
Sharpie Permanent Marker with Brush Tip
The Sharpie permanent marker with a brush tip is reliable, and of course, it’s a Sharpie, so it’s permanent on a lot of surfaces. According to Sharpie, you can use this marker on plastic, wood, or glass, and, of course, paper! (I’ve only used this one on paper, so I can’t speak to how well it performs on other surfaces.)
I just love the size of the barrel and the tip and how easy it is to use. It’s very easy to control. The letters are large and bold with this pen.
There are some cons to this one, as it does have the Sharpie odor that puts some people off. Also, the Sharpie Brush will bleed onto the back of a lot of papers, as Sharpies often do, unless you are using this bleed-proof paper from Sketchbar. But, if that doesn’t bother you, or if you are using these on other materials, you will love them.
Because of the tendency of this marker to bleed through paper, as with any Sharpie, I recommend you place something like a piece of cardstock beneath your paper, so that it doesn’t mar your table or desk.
Unlike the pens above, the Sharpie is not water soluble, so it won’t work as well for blending with water, watercoloring, etc., as water soluble markers. (If you want a large brush pen for blending techniques, try the Tombow Dual Brush pen, another of my favorites.)
Have you tried any of these? Do you have a favorite brush pen?
Let me know if you give one of these a try.
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