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John Byrne
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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 7:06am | IP Logged | 1  

After complaining about the decline in quality of the PITT brush pens, I decided to try to DO something about it, and in some recent inking tried slicing the end off the nib with a razor, like this:

Some of you may have already discovered this. By cutting off the tip at an angle, a new sharp tip is created, and brush-like strokes can be coaxed from of it without too much effort, thus extending the life of the nib.

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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 8:03am | IP Logged | 2  

I've heard this from other sources too, great suggestion.

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Excellent idea JB! I'll have to try that myself. I also plan to work on the
problem by calling Faber-Castell and complain. I'll let you guys know
how it went. If they seemed to really respond maybe we can get
others to do the same. If enough people complain, maybe they'll
create or go back to, a better quality nib. I'm also planning on picking
up The Sakura Micron brush tip pen, today! I'll let you know what I
think of it as a replacement. Although I really have come to enjoy the
ink Faber-Castell uses. That stuff is blacker than black.
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I also plan to work on the problem by calling Faber-Castell and complain.

I emailed them about this problem some time back, and got no response.

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Chris Geary
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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 12:52pm | IP Logged | 5  

Not a bad tip about the tip, JB.

I might try that in the near future. I've pretty much given up all hope on the
PITT Brushes altogether and am slowly working my way through the few that
I have left.


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Stephen, I hope you have better luck with the Sakura that I did. I felt that it
lasted as long as the PITT.

The best 'fake' brush tip that I've found out on the market has been the
Pentel Brush pen that takes cartridges,
I've had one for over ten years and it's still going strong (I've had to buy new
cartridges along the way) and it can handle a fair bit of abuse and still keep
its shape.
The only downside is that the ink does lift from the paper if it's been put
down in large areas. Best to define the black areas, then erase pencils and
fill in with something else.

Still, above all, I do prefer traditional Brush and Ink.
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Stephen Churay
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Brush and ink do work best. The great thing about the faux brush tip
pens is the cleanliness. There isn't any chance of spilling ink, you don't
have to clean brushes and you don't have to worry about the ink being
too heavy on the paper.
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Sergio Calvet
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Never thought about that!
I'll sure give it a try!
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Are the PITT brush nibs able to be removed and rotated?

Jerry's Artarama in West Hartford has a ton of replacement nibs. A
whole shelf of different sizes.

(The Pentel brush that Chris G mentioned is brilliant. I own two, and
they never let me down. Bought a pack of 6 replacement cartridges for
$5)
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Are the PITT brush nibs able to be removed and rotated?

Yes.

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Carmen Bernardo
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An interesting thought.  I never even knew that you could cut the worn nib off like that and keep the brush tip effect.  I ought to try it.
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Conner Dinkins
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That's some good advice and I'm going to try it. I already refill my pens as you suggested in another thread long ago, the art supply store is far from where I live and getting more for your buck is good.
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My art supply store is currently out of the Sakura Micron brush tip
pens. The did have a set of Sharpie brush tips. They might be handy
for large pieces but you would gave to work extra hard to get a fine
line like a fresh PITT pens. So there a no go.

I've never seen a Pentel pen in the stores. I'll have to have my LAS
order one with a pack of replacement cartridges.
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