Today I’m sharing a comparison between 4 amazing metallic brush pens for hand lettering! The Kuretake Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen, the Karin DecoBrush Metallic Marker, the Kelly Creates Metallic Brush Pen and the Zebra Metallic Brush Pen.
Click to watch the video and see color swatches or simply read below to find your favorite👇
The tips of these pens vary with the Karin DecoBrush being the largest, the Kuretake Fudebiyori coming in second and the Kelly Creates and Zebra pens being pretty similar in size.
Kelly Creates Metallic Brush Pens
The tips of the Kelly Creates Metallic Brush Pens are the smallest of the four pens yet they are very soft and produce lots of ink making them super juicy. I’ve used these a ton and even after lots of lettering, they still have lots of ink.
I tend to prefer firmer, bouncy brush pens so these are too soft for me if I’m honest. Softer pens give me a sloppy look to my lettering. However, this is totally a personal preference and you might feel differently about them!
Kuretake Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pens
The Kuretake Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pens are the other smaller sized brush pen of the four and I’ve used these a lot. They are very popular and feel a lot more bouncy to me. One of the main differences between being bouncy and soft is that you get cleaner, crisper thin upstrokes when lettering which I love.
These are also very juicy, which is perhaps a theme with metallic brush markers.
Zebra Metallic Brush Pens
The Zebra Metallic Brush Pens are a newer product and my first impressions tell me that this is an in-between tip compared to the first two pens – bouncy yet still soft. This means that instead of the brush tip just bending and popping back (bouncy) it totally flattens on one side (soft). These pens tend to bouncy back better than the first Kelly Creates pens though.
Karin DecoBrush Metallic Markers
The Karin DecoBrush Metallic Markers are very juicy and the tip is bigger than the other markers. I’ve also used these a lot so the fact that they aren’t fraying yet is really impressive!
One thing I have noticed that these markers are so juicy that I’ve had ink literally drip out of the brush pens, so even though the do advise you to shake these before use I’d try a gentle shake.
To see side-by-side swatches of each of the markers on white and black paper watch the video above to decide which metallic brush marker is your favorite! The colors and vibrancy of each of the pens are different so these could be a big deciding factor.
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