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Tombow vs Pentel: Small Brush Pen Comparison

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 Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip color pens have DROPPED. Let’s check them out and compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush.

Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip color pens have DROPPED. Let’s check them out and compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush.

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Color war! I’m so excited the new Tombow Fudenosuke Color pens have arrived. Let’s take a look at how they compare to Pentel Sign Pen Brush pens.

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I haven’t had the Tombow Fudenosuke Colors pens for more than a few hours, so these are first impressions based on color, blending and durability. My first impression is that a direct comparison between Tombow and Pentel would be a bit unfair because they are not offered in the same number of colors.



COLOR:

Tombow Fudenosuke Colors hard tip brush pens come in a package of 10 colors.

Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Yellow. The black is a Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Brush pen (blue barrel)

Pentel Sign Pen Brush (fudenosuke touch) are available in twelve colors.

Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Ochre, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Sky blue, and Yellow

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Let’s compare color advertised (left) to the actual colors…

 COLOR COMPARISON CHART OF Tombow Fudenosuke Colors vs. Pentel Touch - Pentel Sign Pen Brush, small pens.

COLOR COMPARISON CHART OF Tombow Fudenosuke Colors vs. Pentel Touch - Pentel Sign Pen Brush, small pens.

SMALL BRUSH PEN COLOR BLENDING

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Disclaimer: Tombow has not yet specifically marketed these pens to blend or to be blendable. It’s often shown on Instagram as a can-do thing to extend the range of colors available in their Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The Pentel packaging encourages blending and water blending as an option.

Let’s look at two types of color blending

Color-on-color blending method- lay down color on a non-porous surface and pick it up with another pen and start to write.

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Color Blend:

Color blending with Tombow Fudenosuke Colors

 The Tombow result was more of a dry-brush look. The pink marker immediately dried on the non-porous surface and didn’t translate as expected. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens perform this action seamlessly. The dry brush effect looks pretty!

The Tombow result was more of a dry-brush look. The pink marker immediately dried on the non-porous surface and didn’t translate as expected. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens perform this action seamlessly. The dry brush effect looks pretty!

 The Pentel Sign Pen brush blending produced a gradient result. The pink marker remained wet when applied to the non-porous surface (watercolor mixing tray) and it produced this lovely orange to yellow gradient.

The Pentel Sign Pen brush blending produced a gradient result. The pink marker remained wet when applied to the non-porous surface (watercolor mixing tray) and it produced this lovely orange to yellow gradient.

Water method - dip the pen tip in water for a fixed amount of time (usually 5-15 seconds) to achieve a tonal range of colors as the water

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Water Blend:

with Pentel Sign Pen Brush

 This test was achieved by dipping each pen tip in water for 10 seconds. If repeated, I would try for a little less time with the Tombow pen. As you can see with the word “water”. the pen was at about 50%.

This test was achieved by dipping each pen tip in water for 10 seconds. If repeated, I would try for a little less time with the Tombow pen. As you can see with the word “water”. the pen was at about 50%.

SMALL BRUSH PEN DURABILITY

A heavy-handed writer, like me will wear the Tombow Fudenosuke pen into a hard, rounded tip over time. Similar writing with the Pentel Sign Pen Brush will yield an ultra-flexible tip.

 You don’t need to toss old brush pens. As long as they have ink, simply adjust your pressure for a tip that has become more flexible.

You don’t need to toss old brush pens. As long as they have ink, simply adjust your pressure for a tip that has become more flexible.


OVERALL IMPRESSION

You really can’t compare. The Tombow Fudenosuke Colors hard tip brush pens are more rigid, as a hard-tipped brush pen. The Pentel Sign Pen Brush pen is more flexible and comes in two additional colors. Overall it’s a win to have more options!

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