Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review: J. Herbin Creapen - Refillable Brush

J Herbin Creapen

I was really looking forward to trying this new brush pen from J. Herbin, and I'm sad to say that I didn't have any luck with getting it to work. It's a cartridge fed pen, and I snapped in one of the included 3 cartridges with a little difficulty. There's a ball bearing that sits at the top of the cartridge and I really had to push to insert it which bothered me because you are snapping plastic into plastic and I was worried that the feed on the pen would break.

I expected the brush would take a while to charge from the inserted cartridge and I followed the instructions where it told me to keep the pen in a vertical position. I had it sitting (capped) in a pen cup brush side up for several hours and when I checked it, the ink still hadn't flowed to the brush. 24 hours later, still nothing. I invert the pen and face it down in the cup. Another 24 hours, still no ink flow.

I contacted Karen at Exaclair and she contacted the manufacturer. They suggested squeezing the cartridge to get the ink to flow, and also to try dipping the brush into the cartridge to "prime" the brush.

My 6'3" 260lb husband had a hard time squeezing the ink cartridge. It's made of a very firm plastic and IMHO, can't really be squeezed. I also tried dipping the brush into the ink and after a few swipes on paper, it was back to it's not-really-flowing status.

I've now had it sitting here for about a week and the ink still isn't flowing. I can't imagine what else I could have done to get this pen to work. It's going into the give-away box and I'll let someone else take a stab at it.

J Herbin Creapen

10 comments:

Shade said...

Ink flow problems for me are usually fixed by forcing water in and out of the pen with a syring/needle combo.
It worked really well for my school pen when it got a clog.

Gentian said...

I'm sorry it is not working. That is really disappointing. I have never tried the J Herbin one, but with my Pentel brush pens, sometimes gently flexing the base of the brush helps the ink to start flowing, or using something absorbent like a paper towel can help sometimes too. However the design of the barrel with some of those allows you to squeeze the barrel to push the ink forward. Maybe it also might be a defective pen? Not sure if any of these suggestions are worthwhile. I hope you can get it to work!

Anonymous said...

hello,
yesterday i bought the creapen by j.herbin. i don't have any problems. it takes some time till the ink is ready to use. but it works.
i'm very sorry that you have so many problems with it. are you sure that the cartridge is insert right? you must pull them very strongly into the paintbrush. (i made it wrong first)than keep it in a vertical position. my paintbrush worked after 15 minutes.
i hope you will get the paintbrush running. =)

Biffybeans said...

Hi Shade - IMHO, I shouldn't have to go above and beyond to get a product to work - but I appreciate your suggestion. :o)

Gentian - nothing worked. Squeezing the barrel would mean squeezing the cartridge, which we couldn't do by hand....

Anonymous - Where did you find the pen for sale? I couldn't find any online retailers to include with the post. Glad you got yours working. Yes, I do have the cartridge inserted firmly - thanks for asking. I kept the pen in a vertical position for several days and the ink still wouldn't flow. Only a tiny bit flows to the brush and I can't get it to flow any better than that.

Anonymous said...

i found the pen in an art and craft shop in trier. online i couldn't find a shop, too.
hmm, i don't know why you paintbrush doesn't work...

paula said...

blueheelercd asked,
hi,can it be turned into a dropper fill pen?
what about the the pentel?
thanks,
aula

Biffybeans said...

Hi Paula - I don't know anything about eyedropper pens, and I haven't tried anything by Pentel. Sorry.

B2-kun said...

Glad I spotted this review on time, for I was slightly tempted to give this pen a try now that is featured among the recent new arrivals at Jet Pens. I think I will continue to stick to my Pentel Pocket Brush pen and selection of Kuretake brush pens.

Biffybeans said...

Alberto - thanks for reminding me... I need to amend this review. I recently got another one of these pens from Karen and once I popped in the cartridge, it started to flow almost immediately.... I'm led to think that the 1st one was defective in some way - or maybe it was the ink cartridge. I don't remember trying more than one in that original pen. (Which I no longer have.)

FSNB Online Banking said...

That all looks pretty unfortunate. If it's the product itself then the Pentel will work a lot better. The ink is rather wet and flows freely, and it simulates the feel of a brush quite well.

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