For the longest time, I have been searching for the perfect metallic brush pens...and I'm willing to bet you have been to. I've researched metallic watercolors and individual pots of ink, but without much interest in using a paintbrush or a dip pen to do my lettering, I still wanted to convenience of a pen like I am already accustomed to using.
THEN, I came across the Pentel XGFH Scientific Brush Pens.
Gold AND Silver! For Less than $15? WUT? I was definitely excited to try these out, but cautiously optimistic...because rarely is something just as amazing as you hope it will be.
I'm happy to report these ARE amazing, but like anything else, there are pros as well as cons. And I'm going to give it to ya straight!
The first thing you need to know: they are kind of messy!
I am reluctant to start this review off with a con, but I don't want you to end up with gold and silver ink everywhere like I did. Also--keep the pen caps paired with their respective mates. If you get them mixed up, any gold ink that may have leaked inside its cap will start to infiltrate your precious silver brush and it won't look so hot.
*Note: There isn't one word of English anywhere on the packaging! To first dispense the ink, you click the end of the pen (like a paint pen, concealer pen, etc) until the ink has a chance to cover the entire brush. Once you start using it, one click every few words or so will give you plenty of ink.
Now for a pro! The brush is a BRUSH. AKA: Individual bristles. AKA: You can use them on any paper of your choice!
This is a HUGE pro for me, because, as much as I love my Tombows, it's not always convenient to buy the special paper needed in order to use them. I am so, so glad the brush tips on these are usable on a wide range of surfaces. I have used them on everything...from the ultra-smooth marker pad I use with my Tombows, to extra toothy heavyweight Watercolor paper. The brush tips are still in tact and have held their shape thus far. They perform almost the same on each paper...which leads me to a slight con.
They write well, but it's not always smooth sailing.
As you can see here, rough edges are happening. But, honestly, that is to be expected. Though this example was done on a standard cardstock, I recognize that the smoother the paper, the less likely you are to experience any runaway bristles. I think the true culprit here is a slightly dry brush. If the ink is not totally saturating the tip of the pen, dry bristles will catch against the paper and leave these edges. I don't mind how a few stray marks look--it adds character. It's all about your personal preference!
THEY BE POPPIN'....JUST ADD SOME COLOR.
As much as I love the simplicity of white and gold, these pens were MADE to be layered over bright colors. I CAN'T GET OVER how amazing the metallics work on top of these watercolor hues. Perfection.
But you might have to layer :-/
So yeah, these are still meant to be paired with bright colors BUT, if you use them on a mid or darker tone, you may have to layer the ink a couple of times to get it completely opaque. The example above shows just one layer on top of the blue. For the ink to be totally solid and to my liking, I would want to go over the letters again and brighten up the gold.
All in all, I'm pretty crazy about these pens! I hope metallics never ever go out of style because I can see myself using these up and repurchasing for years to come!
Have you tried these pens, or do you have another metallic suggestion? Tell me in the comments below!