Friday, April 24, 2015

Fude Pen Review: Uni Brush Pen Set - Gray Fine & Broad Tip

It's always so disappointing when Blogger/Blogspot eats written progress on a post.  Hopefully though the rewrite will be a bit more inspired than the original post.

I've flirted with the Uni Brush Pen set for awhile.  In the cart, out the cart, I always had trouble committing.  It wasn't the price that tripped me up, at $8.25 for three pens on Jetpens, it may not be cheap but it's certainly not prohibitively expensive.   The truth is, there's always new pens on Jetpens that I'd love to try, but if I'm not doing review rounds, I tend to stick to what I know.

The Packaging

One of the things that caught my eye regarding the Uni Brush Pen set is it's unique packaging.  The three pens are housed in a plastic sleeve that keeps them organized

The set arrived in a simple clear plastic sleeve intended for sale display, and that was quickly discarded as it's not needed to keep the pens together.






The pens slide into the case capped end first, with only the back ends visible.  The back ends have little knobs that slide into the holes on the case, ensuring a snug fit so your pens don't go sliding about.


The pens also have rubber bands that denote their size- black means the larger brush tip, grey means the fine fude-esque tip.


 The Pens


The pens themselves feel narrow, even in my childsize hands, and are a little uncomfortable for those of us used to hefty fudes.  The caps are clear and small, perfect for rolling off your desk and getting lost forever.


The nibs aren't particularly remarkable- the small performs like any decent fude pen, the two larges are slightly less flexible than say, the Sailor Mitsuo Aida, but aren't as stiff as a Tombow.

The Field Test




Although the pens take a little getting used to, they lay down fun, responsive inks.

 
And the gray ink can be applied almost immediately without causing smearing.  I'm not sure how these work with the Fudegokochi, as the Uni Brush Pen Set comes with a very serviceable small tip.
 


The Verdict

Uni's Brush Pen Set is a great all in one solution for those of us who like multiple pen solutions, but don't necessarily have a lot of space.  The unusual design of this set makes it perfect if you already have an everyday carry case, but not so perfect if you're the sort who likes to clip your pens to your sketchbook rather than lug around a case.  The design takes some getting used to, but yield satisfying results once you're accustomed to their unusual size.

If you don't already have a collection of fude pens, or are looking to get started in inking with fude pens, the Uni Brush Pen Set might be a great start, as it has almost everything you need- a brush for fine details, a brush for large fills, and a grey brush for toning.

Thanks for reading. Check out these products.