Art Supply Reviews & Tips

Platinum CF-5000 Weasel Hair Brush Pen Review

Platinum CF-5000 Fude Brush Pen

There are a few expensive brush pens out there. The first one I ever got was a Kuretake No. 40 Brush Pen, which is a lot cheaper now, but in 2012 it was $66 big ones from Jet Pens. It worked pretty good for a while too, until the brush tip formed a split. They were kind enough to replace it, but that was a one time thing. After the tip started splitting again, I began looking for alternatives. After months of looking for a decent weasel hair brush pen, and after using a bunch of synthetic haired brush pens and feeling they didn't have that snap, I find the Platinum CF-5000, what I had hoped would be my holy grail of brush pens.

Drawing inked with a Platinum CF-5000 brush pen

Kuretake Brush Pens Overview

Kuretake Brush Pens, Capped

At the beginning of me exploring brush pens, I stuck to synthetic bristle or natural hair brush pens. Things like the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Kuretake No. 13, Kuretake No. 40, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen, and eventually the Platinum CF-5000. I personally love the control of a bristle brush, and finding the perfect one for work on the go drawing and inking filled my pen based passions for a few years.

Hard tip brush pens, on the other hand, I rarely seeked out. My first was the Faber Castell Pitt Brush Pen, but since the tips always got so grimy after the first 10 minutes of use, it tainted my opinion of all hard tip brush pens. Also a pro tip for Pitt brush pens: you can pull out the tip and rotate it to get a fresh second side, if you didn’t know.

Akashiya Sai ThinLine Brush Pen Sumi Black Review

Picture of Akashiya Sai ThinLine Brush Pen Sumi Black Packaging The Akashiya Sai ThinLine Brush Pen Extra Fine, Sumi Black just sucks. It has no redeeming qualities: it's way too dry, it's ink capacity is low, it's tip turns into a ragged mess quite quickly. The only good thing about it is that you only wasted about 5$.

Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen Review (XFP5F and XFP5M)

Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pens Extra Fine XFP5F and Medium XFP5M There are a lot of brush pens out there that look similar to this design: a bristle brush tip, and huge barrel, which doubles as a replaceable ink cartridge. It's a bit of an odd design compared to the more fountain pen-like brush pens, in that you have to squeeze it to push ink into the feed area. These pens aren't nearly as nice to look at, but it's currently my favorite brush pen. This is a utilitarian, function over form brush pen, and it's one of the cheapest of the refillable bristle brush pens by far (usually around 6$ on Amazon or $8.25 on JetPens). If you don't have one of these pens, I suggest you grab one.

East Hill Tombstone White Brush Pen Review

East Hill Tombstone White Brush Pen Uncapped

The East Hill Tombstone White Brush Pen (EAST HILL EH16-1) has been on my radar since I first saw it on Jet Pens a few months back. I don't like most white-out pens because most are garbage. The gel pens usually are too ghostly to do anything ( I do love the Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen though, it's a slight bit wide but it's still great), and there have never been any white bristle brush pens as far as I know, until now. Also there looks like there are pretty much no reviews for it, so I figured I'd get one out there with some examples.


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Timothy Weaver

(aka Timo) is a comic creator, designer, and illustrator living in Durham, North Carolina. He has his BFA in Studio Art from East Carolina University with a concentration in Illustration. He hates speaking in the third person.

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