Brushes and brush pens are an integral part of Japanese black ink painting, or sumi-e, and Japanese calligraphy, and it’s worth every penny to invest in premium brushes. Natural bristles, such as weasel or sable hair, are springy and responsive, ideal for making fine, thin lines and sweeping thicker marks, but high-quality nylon bristles mimic the excellence of natural bristles and are more durable and affordable. Brush pens are a convenient alternative, combining the best of traditional calligraphy brushes with the latest fountain pen technology. Browse our picks of the best brush pens to find the one that’s right for you.
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