Small Brush Pens

If you haven't tried small brush pens for handlettering, you don't know what you're missing! They are great for several reasons, but I think that one of the most exciting ones is that they can be a little easier to control as a beginner hand letterer. They are also great for fine details and lettering projects that have more than a few words, because you can write much smaller than you can with a larger brush pen. On top of it all, these pens are usually affordable and can often be found as singles, keeping them even more inexpensive! 

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Pentel Touch Pen Handlettering

Pentel Touch
(aka: Pentel Sign Pen with Brush Tip, Pentel Brush Touch)

Pros: These tips are slightly thicker and more flexible than other similarly sized brush pens, yet still small and easy to control. They have amazing durability and the ink lasts for a long time. I am going on almost a year of having mine and haven't had any dry out from use.  Another bonus, they can also be found in stores at Target!
Cons: The variety of colors comes in only primary/bright vibrant colors. I would love to see some neutral or muted colors. (update: and apparently so would you all! Help us spread the word by tagging @pentelofamerica in your #makepentelsinpastels posts on Instagram and twitter!). Easily confused with the Pentel Sign Pen. 
Beginner Friendly? Yes! 
Notable Mentions: This pen is similarly (and confusingly!) named to the Pentel Sign Pen, which looks almost identical from the outside. When purchasing, make sure you double check that you are purchasing a pen with a brush tip, as the Pentel Sign Pen is a monoline tipped pen and will not achieve the style of lettering that the brush pen does. This pen is also sometimes labeled as the Pentel Sign Pen with Brush Tip as well as the Pentel Touch Pen. 
Recommended Lettering Practice Sheets: Lettering Worksheets Set 2
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Tombow Fudenosuke
Pros: The nibs are stiff and easy to control. Comes in 2 variations: hard tip & soft tip. 
Cons: The ink starts to dry out quickly and gives a streaky lettering look (which can be a pro for some, just not always expected with these types of pens!). The brush tip starts to feel worn with minimal use. 
Beginner Friendly? Yes. 
Notable Mentions: As you can see from the pictures above, the look of the hard tip vs. the soft tip is not a significant difference. However, the feel is quite different. If you like the pentel touch pen, you may like the soft tip better. 
Recommended Lettering Practice Sheets: Lettering Worksheets Set 2
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