a new pen every other day.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

pen 122: tombow dual brush pen

today's pen is the tombow dual brush, a line of pens that i recently discovered in a local craft shop. these pens remind me of the prisma color line in several ways, there are 96 colors available in an expensive ($279.99 list) set. there are places, like amazon or blick where you can find them a little cheaper, but basically, when it comes to pens like these you need to resign yourself to the fact that you are going to have to part with more than a little pieces of green paper with old men on them.

these pens come in a slightly smaller variety than the prismacolor set, they are thinner than the prisma colors, but are long, around 7.5 inches, which can make carrying them around a little awkward as they are much longer than the average pen.  these pens have two types of tip, the brush and a fine point. the tips are made of a nylon fiber, the ink is alcohol based so it dries quickly, and the caps tend to stay on the pen better than the prismacolor, that alcohol based ink is a double edged sword, when the cap is left off, these types of pen tend to dry out extremely fast. these pens have good flow minimum bleed, can be layered to some extent and can be used as a wash pen if you add water to the mix. the value range on these types of pen is limited, in that i mean that individual pens are all or nothing, the range for these pens are in the variety of colors available.

so far i've only used these pens for a few drawings and i don't really have anything bad to say about them.  i have noticed a few benefits over the prismacolors, with the exception that chisel tips are nice too (i don't believe the tombows have those), but i am pretty sure that when the time comes for me to purchase another set, it will probably be between these pens and the copics. between those two, price will be a major factor. copics are crazy expensive.

so yeah, these pens seem to be a pretty good buy.


$3.19 +s/h (single pen)

$2.37 +s/h (single pen)

$2.30 and up+s/h
$17.69 (six pens)+s/h



what they say:


Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium or bold strokes; fine tip gives consistent lines. Dual Brush Pens are ideal for artists and crafters. The water-based ink is blendable and the resilient nylon brush retains it's point stroke after stroke.  96 colors available including a colorless blender for shading.


Tombow Dual Brush Pens have two tips — a flexible brush tip and a fine-point, hard nylon tip. Both tips are fed from the same ink reservoir ensuring exact color match. Tombow's odorless water-based inks blend to create any color desired.

With the flexible nylon fiber brush tip, you can achieve fine, medium, or bold brush strokes simply by changing the pressure on the point. The resilient tip springs back to hold its shape, stroke after stroke.

With the hard nylon tip, you can create consistent lines, tight drawings, borders, copy markings, fine lettering, and more.

Tips can be dipped in water to create subtle color washes. They're ideal for use with rubber stamps.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens are 7¾" long (20 cm) with color-coded caps for quick selection. The brush nib and hard nib are at opposite ends, and the barrel's anti-roll design is perfect for busy artists. The pens are odorless, use non toxic inks or pigments, and are acid-free.

  • Two tips - a high-quality, flexible, nylon fiber brush tip and a fine tip
  • Water-based ink is odorless, non-bleed, and blendable
  • Blend easily using the Blender Pen, and create subtle washes by dipping tip in water
  • Acid-free, non-toxic

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