Brause 361 Steno Blue Pumpkin
Similar to the 512 above, the nib also holds more ink than others meaning you have to dip less often – unless you are crazy with your broad lines! If you think the name is weird, it’s because of it’s shape and blue tint. The nib is more durable than some of its Brause cousins and lasts well.
- Easy to control
- Large ink capacity
- High degree of flex
Great flex for you to play around with, without being over-responsive. The control with this pen makes it an ideal choice if you are new to flex nibs, doing something very precise or writing for long periods (also helped by its durability). A worthy addition to any calligrapher’s toolbox.
Best Brush Pens for Calligraphy
Brush pens are what you would use for Chinese characters, although you can use them for Western calligraphy as well. They range from felt to synthetic hair to natural, and will depend on your experience. Here’s what we recommend:
Pilot Futayaku Double Sided
The Futayaku is an easy to use, comfortable grip felt brush that is a perfect introduction for beginners. At the same time, it is responsive to varying strokes and comes with two brush widths to let you play around with thickness. The finer nib give you a great taper for those finishing touches.
- Easy to control
- Ideal introduction
The easy flow of this pen means it will take longer to dry, so consider writing on thick card (I do this anyway for my Asian calligraphy as I am used to real brushes and ink). Make you store it somewhere it won’t ruin an inside pocket as well!
This one is a good seque into bristle brushes. While it take a little practice to master, it is more responsive than the other advanced types to give you decent flexibility in your strokes. If you are feeling creative, you can mix the brush with a bit of water and create lighter shades, backgrounds or artistic effects.
- Nylon bristles
- Effective with time
At the same time it has all the convenience of a pen, so you can carry it around easily for holiday creations. An ideal choice for the traveller – always keep a notebook and one of these handy for your spontaneous inspirations. Go for the multicolored set so you have opportunity for variation.
Kuretake No 50 Fountain Hair Brush Pen
Once you have mastered the basic brush pens, this is one to challenge yourself with. Its responsiveness creates varying thicknesses with only the lightest of pressure spelling chaos for the untamed. It takes practice but will astound your friends and family once mastered.
- Real brush
- Very responsive
- High ink flow
A real sable hair tip gives you an elegant shine, which you can replace when needed. It’s acrylic coated brass shaft makes you feel like you’re writing with lacquer. I would pick this pen for an ideal choice as a gift, especially if your recipient was yet to try a real brush. For best effects, keep this pen in frequent use and dry with a tissue after each session.