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Fude Pen — no way back

August 30, 2008, 3:14 PM

This post has been updated, check the bottom.

Last year I had the pleasure of playing with a “brush pen”. The beauty of its lines blew me away. Writing and drawing with it was such a pleasure! Drawing type, logos, sketches, everything looked different from a normal pen, free, vibrant, ever-changing in thickness, ranging from hairline-thin to broad, thick brush strokes. And everything without the hassle of dipping it in ink every three or four strokes. Just cap it back and put it in your pocket. I had to have such a wonderful tool.

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Fude pen from Jlist

Several weeks of searching on the web only brought me frustration. Sure you could find it easily. But finding someone that would ship it to Romania was a different story. After a few months, a colleague told me she was going to Tokyo. You can easily guess my plea :) She brought me some brush pens—thank you Delia—and I was finally able to enjoy drawing with them every day (another friend brought back from Paris a big Corto Maltese poster, one could not ask for a better subject to copy and practice the brush pen). But the pleasure would’ve soon ended, since you can’t refill them (there are other refillable brush pens, a little more expensive, but the problem is the ink, you have to use special ink since other types would dry and make the brush tip useless).

Fortunately, last weekend I showed the brush pen to my sensei and he told me its real name: fude pen (“foo-day” pen). Searching again on the web, this time with the proper name, gave me the much expected results: someone that would ship fude pens to Romania. So here you are, JList ships almost everywhere in the world a lot of Japanese merchandise, fude pens included. Be sure to check out the wide variety of fude pens. I’d recommend the bold line one, the others I still have to test (the shipment’s on the way, can’t wait).

So, if you’re an illustrator, any kind of designer or artist, or just an asian-caligraphy enthusiast, the fude pen is a must have—no other drawing tool will ever compare (ok, fineliners excepted) :)

(foto taken from wikimedia commons)

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Later update (Oct 2009):
I’ve found a much better and practical fude pen at MUJI (it’s called a calligraphy pen on their site, but with just one ‘l’), you can buy it online here. I bought myself half a dozen last time I went to London, they last at least two years without drying and they’re the best ones I’ve had so far (the tip is made of synthetic hair, not soft rubber).

Calligraphy pen from MUJI Online

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Another later update (Jul 2012):

You can now find a wide range of ‘fude’ or brush pens shipped internationally by Cult Pens. Still, the Muji pen remains my favourite, as its brush acts more like a real hair brush, not a syntetic one. And they last for years (if you don’t use them daily, of course). My only gripe is they don’t come in other colours (red at least).

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Comments:

I love those pens too. Fude pens, are they? Thank you for the information – now I can order them.

Yep, they’re great. I’ve received them, you should try several models, see which ones you like best for you drawings. Good luck ;)

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Omo, ce frumos scrie al t?u.
?i eu mi-am comandat din Anglia un fude pen de la Sailor, dar nu l-am folosit vreo lun? ?i mi s-a uscat :( Noroc c? am ?i pensule-hehe.

Good for you, Linda. Since I wrote the post, I’ve found a new fude pen model, much better and much more convenient. You can get it at Muji online, it’s called ‘caligraphy pen’ (here’s the link.

Please write in english next time. Thanks for visiting :)

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[…] the Shin-hanga movement, as I’ve written before). I’ve drawn many versions, all using a fude-pen, a wonderful drawing tool, which allowed me to keep a personal, hand-drawn feel to it. All the […]

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Deunăzi am căutat așa ceva. Inițial am căutat “flau” dar am aflat că se numește “fude”. ;))

Glad you found the info useful, they’re great tools for drawing (or calligraphy, if you’re into that).

Thanks for the comment — please use english next time :)

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Thank you, that has saved me a lot of time.

Glad to hear that, Rupert, thanks for reading.
Cheers!

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