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September 27, 2017

My go-to Hand Lettering Pens

I’ve been hand lettering for more than 2 years now, and I’ve tried out a couple of different pens. There’s obviously no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ pens for lettering – different pens give you different style and to find your go-to brush pens is to find the one that best suits your style of writing.

About a year ago my fav one is the Pental SES15C Calligraphy Brush Sign Pen

An example of my writing would be:

Now it’s the Zebra WF1 Scientific Brush Pen (the middle tip one???? not sure what it’s called but it’s larger than the fine tip)

An example of my writing would be:

As you can see there are clear differences in the style of the words written by each pen. I personally like the second one more so I ditched the pental brush pen LOL

Fountain pens wise, I’ve been gifted two different ones by my friends but unfortunately, non of them really works for me 😔 so I got a new one from Tokyu Hand in Japan:

The Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen (with black ink, obviously)

At first I was not really happy with the ink – it’s kind of watery, unlike the one that I had before. But I got used to it and since then it’s been working fine!

A sample of a lil sketch drawn with kakuno

So I guess my advice would be try to test out a range of different ones and see which is the best for you. I tried one of the really soft brush pens (like the one you’d use for traditional Chinese calligraphy) and I honestly can’t write with that (I mean like not in the style that I’m used too). I think I tried Tombow too, you know, the really popular one, but that doesn’t work out as well so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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