Or Japanese sign pens.
I've reviewed a few fude pens in the past, and Nemu*Nemu's reviewed a few I've missed, and The Pen Addict has reviewed some as well.
Most fude pens I've seen available in the US are disposable, much like commonly available ballpoint pens. Unfortunately, this means you're stuck with the ink they're filled with. The tip is a springy felt and has a give similar to rubber. With an overenthusiastic hand (i.e. too much pressure) it can become mushy over time. Not all fude pens are made equal- some are much stiffer than others and behave more like a fine tip marker than a brush pen, so it may take some experimentation to find one you like. I am currently using a Kuretake Fudegokochi with black ink that I purchased while in Japan. It's also available on Jetpens, and unfortunately, the ink is watersoluable. Even with that in mind, its still the best fude pen I've used.
Before the addition of ink, fude pens look like this:
|I'm able to achieve a fair variety of lineweight with a single pass, as long as I vary the pressure.|
|The tip of my Kuretake Fudegokochi. The pen itself looks very similar to common felt tip and ballpoint pens.|
|And here's a closeup of the variety in lineweight you can achieve with a fude pen.|
If there is any interest, I can do a fude pen test in the near future.
Fluke was yesterday, I'll have a post up soon letting you guys know how it went.
Are there any comic or art supplies that you feel have gone overlooked for too long? Please drop me a comment and let me know!