Thursday, September 30, 2010
For writing and sketching, these are my "Go-To" implements outside of my fountain pens.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Black in Fine & Brush nibs. The Fine Pitt (should I call it Brad?) is the pen I take with me when I travel- in lieu of a fountain pen. (I prefer not to travel with my FP's) It uses a permanent India Ink and I love the way the nib glides over any paper. My only beef is that they don't last very long and I can't stand writing with a pen that isn't as "inky" as it was when I first bought it. Pretty much every time I go to Blick I grab one or two extras to have on hand. Someday I will get around to writing a separate post on the Pitt Brush pens, but I like them too.
Various Uniball Signo Gel Pens If I can't have multiple fountain pens with different colored inks on hand then I'm very happy to have a pile of these cheap-as-anything Uniball Signo gel pens. I prefer the capped kind to the click but either will do as they all write like butter. I mostly have .7 but also a few of the .5's as well. Only thing is that the ink doesn't always dry right away (on all kinds of paper) and it can smudge. The ink can also push (bleed) through inexpensive or thinner papers.
Various colors of Pigma Mircon Pens Similar to the Pitt pens, I like but don't love these. They are sometimes a smaller-in-the-hand alternative to the long Pitt Pens and I do like that I can get them in various colors in a F .5 nib. I do not care for the Micron Brush pens. I've tried them on several occasions and they always disappoint me. (Nibs wreck easily, run quickly out of ink...)
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen - Hard Probably my favorite brush pen, a Japanese calligraphy pen from JetPens. I love its firm nib and how I can lean on it to create varying line widths without destroying the nib. I previously reviewed it here.
Kuretake No. 14 Pocket Brush Pen - Hard - This was my first time using this pen and I need to get a few more. It has a different kind of spongy tip but it never "blew out" on me. (I tend to be very hard on my brush pens.)
Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen - White Ink My absolute favorite White Gel pen. I've noticed that different gel pens with opaque inks can often skip, but since this one has such a wide nib, it doesn't happen as much. I have more than a few of these on hand as I love drawing on dark paper.
Writing samples from the various pens above. I tried to note where I bought each. Mostly Blick & JetPens.
My favorite pen case which I found in a thrift store. I think it's actually a cosmetic case.