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JetPens Haul!

Christmas this year brought a bit of cash, and I spent nearly all of it at JetPens, my new favorite place. I’m going to list it all out, because it was just that cool. Makes me really wish they had an affiliate program…

First, the pens and ink. From left to right, we have:

1. Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pen (Black)
This pen writes like a dream, despite the tiny size. Puts out a bit more ink than I’d like, but it’s so smooth and looks great.
2. Pilot Plumix Fountain Pen w/ Italic Nib (Blue)
I love the italic nib on this, and the blue ink is gorgeous, though I can’t wait to fill it up with some Noodler’s Black when it’s out and see how that looks.
3. Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen w/ Extra Fine Nib (Black)
This writes really well, but I very much don’t like the ink. The line ends up looking like ballpoint ink.
4. Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen (Gray)
Haven’t used this much yet, but I do like the gray ink. Nice contrast from my normal black.
5. Platinum Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen (Black)
This pen is excellent. I like the feel and line better than my Sakura Pigma brush pen, though the Platinum has a much thicker tip.
6. J. Herbin Straight Body Striped Glass Dip Pen
I couldn’t resist this one. It looks awesome, and when I read that it can hold a solid paragraph’s worth of ink between dipping, I was sold. It does take a bit thicker ink than I have, though my india ink seems OK (better than the Noodler’s, at least). On the other hand, the ink I bought (see below) is too thick, so I need to find a happy medium.
7. Marvy Le Pen (Black, got this at Michaels)
Lauren bought me this for Christmas, and I am amazed by it. I don’t tend to like fineliners, but this one is great. Easy to write with and easy to carry (oh so slender). It’s competing with that Petit1 to be my main pocket-pen note-taker. Nice black ink, too.

The ink is Kuretake Manga Black Ink. This is too thick for traditional fountain and dip pens, so I’ll have to pick up some proper manga dip pens. In the meantime, it works fine with my cheap Hobby Lobby dip brushes, and the results are great. I will try to use it to sketch my next watercolor and see how that turns out (it is waterproof and alcohol-proof).

The two larger Pilot fountain pens have screw-on caps instead of pop-on. It’s a bit odd, but they definitely seem more secure. A good thing, since the Plumix does seem to leak a bit of ink when closed.

Next, we have the other bit I have really been looking forward to. The Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Box Set and Moleskine Watercolor Pocket Notebook. I can’t wait to try the colors out on the Moleskine! I have used them in my other watercolor pad, and they worked great. Really screwed up a bit on one part (my fault, not Sakura’s), so you don’t get to see it unless I can fix it. I’ll do my best to post another one soon, though!

The waterbrush is a very nice upgrade from a crappy brush and a jar of water.

Have any new pens you love? Any other cool art supplies you’ve picked up recently?

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  1. Posted January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Yes, I got awesome pens too.

  2. Tracey
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Hi~ Can you help me with something? I want to know if the Kuretake Manga Black Ink is really waterproof and alcohol proof? Maybe you can do a little test and take a pic of it?

    I’m looking to find an ink for dip pens that can be colored over with markers ( copic is what I use ) without smearing ( as well as water )
    But I don’t want to buy it just to try it and find out it isn’t~ I’m poor. lol.

    If you can help, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks :)

    • Sam
      Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Tracey! Sure, I don’t mind doing a test of it. I’ll try to do that sometime this weekend. In the meantime, check this entry. I sketched that watercolor with the Kuretake ink (and a brush) before I colored it. It didn’t have any ill effects from the watercolor (the wavy lines and such are from my ineptness with a brush).

      • Tracey
        Posted January 16, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink

        Thank you :) I’m looking forward to it~~ I hope to make an order on Jetpens once I know ^_^~

        Btw, the butterfly pic is nice~ I’m thinking I might make a butterfly too – it seems they want cut out butterflies and not full pictures though??

        • Sam
          Posted January 16, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

          Hmmm, that hadn’t occurred to me. Now that I see their slideshow, though, I wonder. I’ve emailed them to double check.

          Also, I see you wanted a test for alcohol-proof-ness, as well. I don’t believe I have any alcohol-based ink – do you know of any other ways to test it? I have vodka, would vodka work? :-D edit: oh, right, alcohol from the pharmacy. Would that work? Not sure if it’s the same form as in copic markers.

          • Tracey
            Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

            Ohh, I have no idea. If you already have some on hand, I guess you could try a little on it? Maybe take a brush and kind of paint over it and see what happens?
            But if you don’t have any, that’s okay :) Thanks for trying to help though!

          • Sam
            Posted January 16, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

            Ok, here we go. This is a photo of my test. First is control, second got a few passes with a wet paintbrush, and third with an alcohol wipe from my first aid kit (one pass). I let the ink dry for 10-15 minutes before doing the test.

            I’m guessing the alcohol swab is the wrong kind – the ink is listed as alcohol-proof, so I would expect it to hold up at least better than this (for reference, the wipe says it is isopropyl alcohol). I would definitely call it waterproof, though.

          • Tracey
            Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

            Thank you doing this ^_^ I think you are right, that it’s not the right kind of alcohol. I read that you can use that type to remove marker ink from things.
            Again, thank you though, I really appreciate it :)

  3. Sam
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    In case anyone is still watching this, I did finally get a response from the Butterfly Project that 2-dimensional butterflies are perfectly fine – no need for origami!