Smooth Pens has a range of brush pens mostly easy to handle for beginners.

However, it would be better if you could choose the brush pen which perfectly matches your skill and the purpose.
This guide will help you to find the best brush pen for you.

-Way to choose-


1. Choose by the strength of the pen tip

It is important to know the types of brush pen tip. Widely, they are categorised to the pen-type and the brush-type.
*The pen-type has a hard tip which is easy to handle even beginners. Write like a sign pen but can write a thin line and thick line by the writing pressure. However, not flexible like a brush-type.
*The brush type has a real brush tip which is suitable for professional calligraphers or who has some experience with the brush pen before.
The brush-type pen tip is made by the hair and very soft and flexible. Either thin or thick, smooth and natural lines will be yours.


2. Choose by the ink type.

Mostly, there are two- types of ink is used for the brush pens.

[Dye ink]

Dye ink is dissolved into a liquid to create the colour. It means easy to create the colour by mix with multiple colours. Dye ink absorbs into the paper, bind to it and dry quickly. Dye ink has bright colours and able to blur with the water. This is recommended for the illustration or manga drawing.

[Pigment ink]

The pigment is finely ground particles of colour that are suspended in the liquid medium. It is light-resistance and water-resistance. Pigment ink is slower-drying. Suitable to use for the outline because the pigment ink sits on top of the paper.
So the colours will not bleed into each other.


-For the beginners-


Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen and Pentel Fudemoji Sign Pen would suit beginners. These are easy to control the pen tip and able to write like a sign pen.
Also, Pentel Fude Touch Brush Sign Pen has 12 colour variations and great for calligraphy and the illustration as well.

If you want to write more thick lines or wish to paint a wide area, Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen, Kuretake Fudebiyori and Kuretake ZIG Brushables which have more flexible pen tip would be a better choice.

Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen has a wide range of the colour and has dual pen tip which includes soft brush type pen and 0.8mm sign pen. Kuretake Fudebiyori has a metallic colour variation that is suitable for card making or crafting. Kuretake ZIG Brushables have double-sided with two different tones which are perfect for making the gradation or calligraphy.



-Professional/Experienced level user-

If you have some experience with using the brush pens or wish to draw the picture or illust by brush pens, Akashiya Sai Watercolour Brush Pen, Kuretake ZIG Clean Colour Real Brush Marker, Pentel Standard Brush Pen, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Pentel Art Brush Pens would be perfect.





  PackageColourTip Type  RefillableInk Type
KuretakeZIG Clean Colour Real Brush Marker 36, 48, 60, 80 Colour Set 80 Colours  Real Type   Dye Ink
ZIG Brushables 6, 24 Colour Set 24 Colours Flexible Type  Pigmented Ink
Fudebiyori 6 Colour Set 12 Colours Flexible Type  Dye Ink
PentelStandard Brush Pen  Black Only Real Type Dye Ink
Pocket Brush Pen  Black Only Real Type Pigmented Ink
Art Brush Pen  18 Colours Real Type  〇  Dye Ink
Fude Touch Brush Sign Pen  12 Colours Hard Type   Dye Ink
Fudemoji Sign Pen  Black Only Hard Type   Dye Ink
Kinno-ho / Ginnoho Metallic Pen Gold /SilverReal Type  Pigmented Ink
TombowABT Dual Brush Pen  42 Colours Flexible Type  Dye Ink
Fudenosuke Brush Pen  Black /Gray Hard Type  Pigmented Ink
TooCopic 12, 24, 36 Colour Set
180 Colours Flexible Type  〇  Alcohol Ink
ZebraZebra Mildliner Brush5 Colour Set25 Colours Flexible Type Pigmented Ink