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Help--anyone know this Brush Pen or similar?

Hi all,

Apologies for being such a lurker...I now have to come out of enlurkment to ask for your suggestions.

Some time back I ordered a couple of books on cartooning from amazon and received a Brush Pen that I've since found absolutely awesome for inking my cartoons. Using it I can easily vary the thickness of my lines, and the nib/brush is small enough to suit my style of drawing (I like to work fairly small--about half of an A4 paper). It's a disposable (use and throw) pen. Basically it's just perfect for me, the best drawing pen I've gotten to use so far.

Problem is there is no brand name on it, and no indication at all of how and where to get similar pens--nothing at all.

I'm posting a picture of it here. I assume some of you use Brush Pens in your work. Can any of you suggest anything like the pen in the photo, or any brand that you like using?

Thanks in advance
Manoj

PS and Season's Greeting to all.

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ReidDesigns's picture
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You could start with amazon itself, did you try emailing customer support and asking them if they could help you with the supplier. If it had no branding it meant it was a custom job for the product that you bought: i.e the book, so you could write the publisher and find out who the supplier was/is.

Then you COULD write to all the big named brands and send the pic you showed us. . . might be worth a shot.

Isn't that how life is? You get something good but you only get ONE of it, never to be gotten again in your lifetime? I remember I got a pen with the Multicolored Apple branding on it from somewhere and THAT pen was really nice. . . then someone stole it from me. . . along with my happiness. :(

"Try not, Do! or do not, there is no try."
-Yoda

ssarts's picture
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J/K I didn't really steal your pen... Or did I?

Is this the multicolored apple pen that you speak of?
Apple Pen

If so, then maybe it had the same ink that mine has, which is probably a standard replacement for many ink pens. It is called "Reform silver" M. The other info is: TC-Ball made in W-Germany DIN 16554/2 and says also suitable for parker and watch pens.
Apple Pen Ink

Maybe you can now find this type of ink replacement and have your new favorite pen back... Along with your happiness!

ReidDesigns's picture
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Actually mine might have been the "executive" version of it, it was white with silver edges but th eApple branding was the same as yours but a grey color.

The Ink re-fill looks the same though!

"Try not, Do! or do not, there is no try."
-Yoda

thornysarus's picture
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A #0 Saber and a bottle of Black Magic. That, and a steady hand. :)

Actually your brush pen should be available at most fine art supply stores. They should have them in many different sizes and tips as well. Don't bother with the arts and crafts places. They won't know what you're talking about.

Hope this helps.

Terrell Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

natobasso's picture
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Daaaaang Terry: Is that your art under that brush and ink?! Good stuff.

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ReidDesigns's picture
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I wish I could draw like that! lol

When I grow up I want to be a comic book artist!

"Try not, Do! or do not, there is no try."
-Yoda

mara06's picture
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You get all those effects with one #0 brush? Amazing. You're very talented -- but we knew that.

Manoj, I wonder if some online arts suppliers, such as dickblick.com might have this item. It sounds useful, though I hate to see all that plastic piling up in the world's landfills when you could possibly find a more eco-friendly alternative. Check out the Niji Waterbrush here http://www.dickblick.com/brushes/specialtybrushes/ -- if it holds water, why not ink, too? The small one on the right in the photo looks a lot like yours.

Mara

thornysarus's picture
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That's my inking, and yes, it's all done with that brush, but not my illustration...

That illustration is Silver Sable, a Marvel character by Stephen Butler. I was fortunate enough to work with him for a short time as an inker. Basically he gave me a brush and said "get to work." I've inked for others, but Stephen was always good about penciling finer details that made it easy to learn to ink.

Thanks for the kind words.

Terrell Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

Manoj's picture
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Ireid--you hit the nail on the head. I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for a good pen for my cartooning, finally I find the perfect one and don't know how to get another! :-(

It seems the books were printed in China for Sterling Publishers in the US. I'll drop them a line and see if they can help. Thanks!

Terry--I did make the rounds of the art stores, but they only stock the standard stuff :-( And I never managed to get the hang of a brush...brilliant inking, BTW.

Mara--I checked that link and some pens look promising, especially the Pitt artist pens. They don't take Paypal unfortunately, but I'll see if I can get the pen elsewhere. I'll see what Sterling says in the meantime.

Thanks :-))

Manoj

stephanie's picture
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I found a few that are close, but none that really match. Is the tip really soft?

Pentel's version of the brush pen.

I know when I was into illustrating by hand I used a lot of Copic stuff, but I was really influenced by the Japanese style, so it may not work for what you're looking for. You can get them tons of places on the web, though - and in a lot of bigger art stores. Hope that helps.

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Manoj's picture
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Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for those leads--both the Pentel and Copic look great. I guess the only way to find out which works for my drawing style is to order some and see. No reply from the publisher yet, but that could be because it's the holiday season.

Xmas wishes all!!
Manoj

pekak's picture
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Looks like Zebra WF1. Very nice pen.
http://www.zebra.co.jp/pro/fudesign/index.html

You'll probably like Pilot SV-30KK-B too.
http://www.pilot.co.jp/products/pen/sign_marker/fude_pen/kohitu_kouhitu/

Pentel GFKP is a truly excellent pen, but it's a little different thing

-p

Manoj's picture
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can I order the Zebra pekak? That really looks a lot like what I've got, especially given that it has a fine tip, which suits the way I work. When I Google for them however I get only results in Japanese.

Cheers
Manoj

pekak's picture
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I don't know where one could order those online.

I bought mine in person. From Kinokuniya Japanese stationery store in San Francisco and from various stores in Tokyo.

Is there a Japanese stationary store anywhere near you? Some, like Kinokuniya, import the pens from Japan.

You could consider some other sign pens, maybe from Pilot or Pentel. http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot_V_Signpen.html or http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pentel_Sign_Pen.html . I don't have those, so I don't know how they compare with Zebra.

Edit: I found Pentel Sign Pen in my stash. Quite ordinary pen. Not a replacement for the Zebra one.

Manoj's picture
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Hi Pekak,

Those look easier to procure, but I'm not sure if they're really brush like...the specs say "0.6 mm stroke width", whereas the Pilot you mentioned earlier, the SV-B-30KK, evidently gives a stroke of 0.3 to 1.5 mm.

No Japanese stationary stores near me, I'm in India...

Thanks for all the assistance. I'm still loving the anonymous pen I got...

Manoj

pekak's picture
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I'm not fully sure what "sign pen" means. Dictionary tells me that "sain pen" could just mean "felt-tip pen". "Sain" (sign) has other meanings related to signing, too. But no, it doesn't mean brush.

There's also a character for brush in the pen. Like in most other Japanese pens too. Whether they're any brushpen-like or not.

Sorry, no actual help for the issue at hand.

And Santa should know better than to drink and drive ;-)

Manoj's picture
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Santa's relaxing cos he's outsourced his presents delivery this year :-)

Thanks for taking the trouble to check about the "sign" thing Pekak. The responses on this thread have given me lots of options and you have all been really helpful. Big thanks and wishes for a great 2008 :-)

All good wishes
Manoj

ThomasVeil's picture
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http://www.jetpens.com/

found that page - seems to be the only non-japanese page where you can order the Zebra Brush pens. I can really recommend those pens - they have the perfect flexibility, they stay good for quite a while and they're pocket safe.

Manoj's picture
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Thomas--thank you!! :-) I'd checked with friends in Malaysia and Singapore but no luck, so I was starting to feel a bit despondent--this is an unexpected and very pleasant surprise.

I agree, the Zebra brush pens are great. I'd managed to get hold of other brush pens, including the Pentel Brush Pen and the Pentel Tradio--nice in their own way, but I still wanted the Zebra--and now I can have it!

Thanks again!!
Very best wishes
Manoj

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