On Thursday last week I visited Larrypost… which is always a little dangerous.:-)
I had two gold nibs that needed adjusting and I knew that Jen wanted me to have a play with the new Kakimori dip pen with reservoir. I’ve recently seen a number of my friends playing with one (Paul, Suhita, Shari, Paul and others?) and I kept telling myself that I didn’t need it… but guess what I ended up buying? 🙂
Kakimori Brass Dip
It was really great to be able to test drive both the stainless steel and the brass nibs. There wasn’t a huge difference but the brass felt slightly more comfortable so that is what I ended up buying.
Both nibs hold a lot of ink and produce a variety of thick and thin lines by changing the angle of the pen.
BTW the Kakimori site is here. As I’m in Australia I don’t know of any retailer (apart from Larrypost here in Sydney) that stocks it. If you have any more info to share about this pen please let us know in the comment section below.
Back home I started playing with it and more seriously comparing it to my fude pen. It certainly creates beautiful crisp thin to wide lines but it will take me a little while to get the most out of it. I also realised that one of the reasons I love the Fude de Mannen pen so much is the variation it creates within a single line (often leaving a thick bead at the end of each line). The Kakimori nib creates a more even line.
Here is another sketch where I was playing with varying the lines. These first two sketches are a little tame so I’m looking forward to doing some more interesting sketches with this pen soon. Lots to explore further for sure!
At one point during my visit Jen showed me her Coral Eco because of how much she loves the colour. But I was more interested in the nib!
I’ve always thought that stub nibs = italic = square edge = not that great for drawing (see this article for more). However, I never realised that stub nibs can be more rounded and therefore can work really well for drawing. The TSWBI Eco stub 1.1 nib is lovely to write and draw with and actually only produces a maximum 0.7mm thick line.
I often hear feedback inside my SketchingNow courses that people really struggle to use a fude pen. That is because you have to rotate the pen and change the angle to get the desired line. Using a stub nib like the one in the Eco is much easier to use as you only need to rotate the pen and in fact, you don’t even need to do that to get some variation in your line.
It is also fun to write with!
This is the first on location sketch I did with the pen – without thinking about it too much.
The next day, I was a little more intentional about varying my grip and rotating the pen so I got more variation in the thickness of the lines.
So if you are wanting to start exploring pens with varying line thicknesses, the TWSBI Eco 1.1 stub nib is a good option.
BTW I’m a massive Eco fan! They are such a reliable pen with massive ink capacity and lots of lovely colours! Whilst personally the body of the Lamy Joy pen feels better in my hand for sketching, the Eco is my writing pen (and backup sketching pen). If someone wants to buy their first fountain pen, the Eco is the one I recommend these days.
And if you are in Australia, Larrypost now offers a pre-filled option for this pen. BTW I’m not paid to say this! 🙂
The third pen was given to me to test out. It’s a Pilot Brush Pen with a felt tip – so in essence a re-fillable marker brush pen. Ah! this makes me happy.
I’m having a hard time finding its exact name but found it on Jetpens as a Spare Sign Pen.
I put some De Atramentis Mouse Grey ink in it (water-soluble not Document ink) and I’m exploring whether this can be a permanent solution for value studies. I would like a slightly larger brush tip, but there is something super nice about using a fountain pen with a felt tip.
More to explore with all of these three pens in the coming weeks and months.