Review: Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 3 Type Set @TombowUSA #BrushPen #Zentangle

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 3 Type Set

Tomorrow (9/8/17),  I'll be giving away one of these sets along with a Pigma Micron 9 Pcs Pen Set with Zippered Pen Case.  If you missed it, you can find the review for that here.

There are three  Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens in this set.  Each pen also comes with a cool little plastic ruler with a cut-out.  The writing is in Japanese so I'm not sure what it says, but it's a handy tool for measuring, drawing straight lines and judging the height of your letters.

All three pens have flexible plastic nibs, water-based, odorless, pigmented black ink (and grey ink for the dual tip brush only).  The tips aren't as flexible as nylon brush pens, but they don't pill the way nylon pens will.

I've found that the ink is water-resistant, but not as waterproof as the Pigma Micron pens are.  It holds up to water or wet mediums pretty well but you do need to give it a while to set.  The humidity factors in, so drying time can vary.  I try to give mine at least half an hour.

The barrels of these pen are made of recycled polypropylene plastic.  The pen dimensions for the hard and soft tip are 7.5 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches - just slightly longer than the Pigma Micron.  The dual tip is longer at 7.2 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches.

You can vary the line width considerably, especially with the soft tip.  There isn't a great deal of difference in the feel between the hard tip and soft tips.  It's slightly easier to get a broader line.

The pens are disposable.

The writing on the pens is in Japanese and the hard tip and soft tip pens look very similar.  The soft tip has a blue square in the design, where the hard tip has a green square.  I'd like to say that I use that to tell the difference but...nah.  My memory's not that good.  I wrote hard and soft on masking tape and labeled the pens.

These pens have a problem that I've found common with flexible plastic nibs.  If you push the nib a certain way there is some spitting.  If you use the side of the nib at a certain angle to get a wide line, the ink coverage is not solid.  Both issues become positives if you use them for effect.  After a while, you get to where you know how to avoid both.0

Essentially, these are pens to use when you want some variation in line width. Crisp lines are possible if you take care not to push the nib so that it spits.

Fudenosuke Soft Tip Brush Pen

Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen 

Fudenosuke Dual Tip Brush Pen

Included in the set is this cute little packet of post-it notes.  It's a great size for carrying in your purse or pocket.

I like using these pens because I dig variable line widths.  The twin tip's grey ink is fabulous for shading as well.