Zig Brush Pen Review

Last week I discovered that Jet Pens was selling the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen by Zig / Kuretake of Japan. I love Jet Pens, primarily because I am a pen addict, but also because they have excellent customer service and deliver the product quickly and correctly. I will admit I’ve bought some pens that did not thrill me. (I never warmed up to the cult-favorite Tradio, which to date has left more ink on my fingers than on paper.) But that’s not Jet Pen’s fault. Not every pen will please every client. And I made no effort to return it.

This time I bought two pens that I can recommend highly. The first is a a 3-mm fountain pen with permanent black ink.

Linemarker A.T. 03 (3mm) from Tachikama, purchased from Jet Pens.

Linemarker A.T. 03 (3mm) from Tachikama, purchased from Jet Pens.

In other words, its the fountain pen equivalent of a Pitt Pen. It’s the Linemarker A.T. by Tachikama. It’s about 6 inches long, a plastic cartridge pen for drawing comics. It comes with two cartridges of black ink. The pen has a window so you can check ink supply as you write or draw.

The ink dries fast, is waterproof and doesn’t feather or bleed. The pen puts down a thin, even black line with a steel nib. The only ink color is black, which is what I wanted.

I purchased it for details on hand-lettering and am very pleased. No smudging, no skipping. Just clean, even lines and dots. At $13.50 it’s an excellent buy compared to the technical drawing pens I normally use. And it’s much easier to take care of.

The other pens may be my find of the year. This is the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen by Zig Kuretake.

The brush pen comes in 12 colors and clear.

The brush pen comes in 12 colors and clear.

The pen is a brush, and it comes in 12 colors and clear. The ink in the pen is a rich color mixed with microscopic specks of gold glitter.

Because it is a brush, it is flexible and can write both a fine line and a broad one, which makes it excellent for hand-lettering.

I bought the black pen and the clear one. The black pen puts down a rich, dark line of ink with a super-fine glitter in it. I’m not normally a glitter girl, but this ink is perfect. Neither harsh nor overdone, the color is distributed evenly, goes down smoothly and looks elegant.  The pen is also comfortable to hold, with a tapered body and a finger grip that can be squeezed to start the ink flow.

lettersThe clear ink is what surprised and delighted me. In the sample on the left, which admittedly doesn’t show the glimmer at all,  (you can see samples of all colors here), the clear ink went over a dark green Tombow waterproof ink on the letters L, M, and N.

No smearing, just a snail-trail of sparkly glitter evenly and cleanly put down. The glimmer in the clear pen is multi-colored and the glimmer in the black seems to have more gold tones.

Using the clear brush pen, you can highlight whatever waterproof pen you want to. There is no bleed through and no feathering.  You don’t rinse the color out, you simply recap the pen. The glitter brush pen is $6.75 and non-refillable.

These three pens are ones that will become staples for my art journaling and sketching.  In the hand-lettered example, the black pen did the thick part of the letters A through K; the clear covered the L through N; the Linemarker made all the fine details; the leaves and flowers were done with a Tombow 280 or a Distress Pen in Victorian Velvet by (Tim Holtz). The Distress Markers are not waterproof, so if you run the brush pen over them, they will smear.

I still have to test the longevity and the ability of the pen to be left uncapped for an hour or so, which is possible in my way of using them.

-Quinn McDonald is a pen junkie and a pencil addict. Jet Pens knows the way to her house by heart.


9 thoughts on “Zig Brush Pen Review

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  2. The fountain pen is very intriguing! Thanks for that review. Just yesterday, I received three of the Wink of Stella glitter pens. I love the brush tip, and am anxious to really use them. The colors I got are Dark Pink, Violet, and Light Green. Very nice indeed!

  3. I always enjoy your product reviews. Thanks so much for your comments and details. Happy Spring ahead….now I can go shopping and look for the pens. Mary Ann, San Antonio. TX.

  4. I haven’t seen the fountain pen before, I’m a bit of a sucker for them ( bet my collection is bigger, haha!), but I do have a Japanese (Kuretake) Fude pen that by sheer good luck takes the Platinum Preppy refills, which makes it very economical to use, and refillable, with lots of bright colours available. Its very similar to a Pitt pen.
    I was also able to find a Japanese brush pen that refills like a bladder-type fountain pen. Its a matter of coming across these pens on the internet (Ebay usually for me) and trying them out to see what works, but at approximately $10 or less each including priority postage from Japan or China, its well worth the risk and you can fill them with your favourite inks or diluted watercolour paints – not acrylics. My brush pen even came with replacement brushes. I now have a couple of favourite Chinese and Japanese sellers and they have been very good to me; at one stage I was getting 2 for the price of 1! And most importantly – no spam.
    Now that is journaling bliss!

    • Ohhhh, now you’v made me drool. You have the Kuretake #13 Fountain brush pen! I’ve seen it for $33, which I still think is reasonable, but I had not thought of using it with watercolor. I very seldom use acrylics anymore–I’ve switched almost completely to ink and watercolor, so it would be perfect. But you found a source AND no spam–well, now that’s my idea of heaven!

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