Brush pen demo - traditional brush pens for calligraphy and illustration

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Today and in two weeks, I'll be showing you brush pens I have in my collection.

In today's post and video, I'll demonstrate 9 pens that are more traditional, meaning they were specifically made for brush lettering. Most of these pens only come in black ink, and they range in size from super fine to fine.

Click to watch a demo of these brush calligraphy pens from JetPens, featuring popular brush pens made especially for brush lettering and illustration.

Below the overview is a demonstration of each pen as well as photos. Enjoy!

Kuretake Disposable Pocket Brush Pen - Fine

The Kuretake brush pen is really saturated and has okay elasticity for a felt tip marker.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is a little more expensive than all the others, simply because it's refillable. I love the ink flow from this pen. Even though the ink isn't as black as some of the other pens in this post, it has a nice look to it.

Pilot Pocket Brush Pen - Soft

This is undoubtedly my least favorite traditional brush pen, but I don't want to write it off (ha) completely. The Pilot Pocket Brush Pen has a strange tip and when full pressure is applied on a downstroke, the tip of the pen doesn't stay flush to the paper and it actually lifts off a little. That said, this pen is great for illustration, and I'm sure it'd be better for calligraphy if I practiced with it more.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen - Soft - Black Body

The Tombow Fude Brush Pen in Soft is a favorite amongst many calligraphers for many reasons. It has a wonderful ink flow, and the nib is soft but is easy to control. I love this pen for both illustration and calligraphy, and it is my #1 recommendation for anyone getting started with brush calligraphy.

In fact, this is the pen I used to create my ever-popular Paperweight Font!

Zebra Disposable Brush Pen - Super Fine

The Zebra Brush Pen in Super Fine is another favorite of mine. The elasticity of the tip is great for my hand and I love how small the tip is.

Zebra Disposable Brush Pen - Fine

It's funny—as much as I love the Zebra Super Fine, I really don't like the Zebra Brush Pen in Fine. The tip is completely different and has a much stiffer feel to it.

Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

Here's another absolute favorite of mine. The Pentel Fude Touch pens are SO great, and it's the answer to everyone's wishes because they come in multiple colors. I love the tip elasticity of these, though keep in mind the tips will get much softer with use. These are the pens I've used in my Learn Brush Lettering videos on YouTube. They're a joy to use. When you buy these, make sure the listing says Fude Touch—or else you're just getting a pack of regular markers! I recommend picking these up from JetPens (note: JetPens sent me this set but the pens lived up to the hype—they made it to my top favorites).

Sailor Fude Nagomi Brush Pen - Ryofuka Model - Fine

JetPens also sent me the Sailor Fude in Fine. I love the pink body—it helps it stand out from the other brush pens—and the pen is nice, it's just not one of my favorites.

Full brush pen demonstration for calligraphy including kuretake fine, pentel pocket, pilot pocket, tombow fudenosuke soft, zebra super fine, zebra fine, pentel fude touch sign pens, sailor fude nagomi pen fine

Watch my Demo Video for these Brush Calligraphy Pens

Here's the video! Please don't judge my lettering too much; writing while recording is easier said than done!

Have you tried these pens? I'd love to know what you think or which ones you'd like to try—leave a comment below!