I never knew such a weapon.. such a tool could weight so little in the palm of my hand but the caliber how amazing this pen really is makes you struggle with gravity itself. Today I take a look at the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. These are pens that blew my mind and from the moment I started to use them I knew I couldn’t leave home without them. Do you remember several years ago when cell phones started coming out with “AMOLED” screens and everyone would drool, face down towards their shoes, eyes glued to the screen in their palms only uttering “The black is.. real black, you have no idea man”. Well, that’s a bit how I felt touching the tip of the Pitt Artist pen down to paper. Let’s get inked!
I’ve discussed Faber-Castell before in my post about the Grip 2001 pencils so today I won’t really get into history details about the company. I first was informed about this in forums for Bullet Journalists discussing tools used for making layouts. From the day I bought these I’ve fallen in love over and over again. The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens are very popular amongst comic and manga artists due to the Black really popping off the page from the India ink, wide range of tip sizes, price, and archival properties.
The Pitt Artist Pens comes in all sorts of sizes like your typical XS, S, F, M, and Brush (B) like we are typically used to but they also come in Soft Brush (SB), Soft Chisel (SC), and 1.5mm Bullet Nib in all sorts of colors. I typically use S, F, and B. These three give me quite a range to work with for drawing, writing, and creating layouts in my notebooks.
The S nib is .3mm which is a lot of people’s sweet spot for gel pens. I use this pen for a lot of fine details. I surprisingly don’t write too much with it but mostly use it for cleanups. There is a size smaller than this one and it is the XS which is a .1mm nib. IMAGINE WRITING WITH THAT!!
The F nib is my favorite. I use this to write, draw, and just..well.. create anything. The F is about .5mm. There is one just above this one which is an M. The M is a .7, which is also a very common sweet spot for a lot of people with pens.
The B is a brush tip pen. This doesn’t have the wide range of flexibility like the Tombow Dual Brush pens do. You can’t substitute your S or F with this but you could replace your M with the B, which is what I do. I mostly use this pen for headers and filling in.
The pens feel really well in the hand.. Almost like your typical sharpie but the grip of the pen has a nice matte finish instead of the glossy body so it doesn’t slide around in your finger tips as you write. The pen’s weight feels natural with and without the cap posted, however I do like to post these caps. I enjoy the ribs of the cap. I think it brings almost a tactical aesthetic to the pen which appeals to my tastes.
The ink, like I said before, is an India ink. The black does look great, even compared to most of my black inks in my fountain pens. The ink is pretty water proof and dries quickly. Only the B pen smeared seconds after writing with it in the smear test. Also, something I’ve noticed, is that these pens last forever. I’ve been using the same pens for the past 7 months, not for large things, or lots of writing, but I’ll take it out on a daily/weekly basis and never does it skip or have issues starting. For my use, that’s awesome because I like changing things up but I also hate it when pens dry up if you don’t use them frequently and these pens don’t seem to have those issues. They just work.
- Long Lasting
- Nothing really
Price: $10 on Amazon for a 4-pack and directly from Faber-Castell, $26 for variety 8 pack
Colors: Neon packs, Basic color packs, shades of Grey pack, skin colors, terra color pack, landscape colored packs, pastel packs, shades of blue packs, red, gold, silver, sanguine, sepia, Black, and White.
Sizes: XS, S, F, M, B, SC, SB, 1.5 bullet, 2.5mm Bullet, Big Brush
My last thoughts on these? They are completely worth the money for the basic set of 4 or buying them individually. I use all three of mine all the time.$3.5 is not bad for a pen like this.. Especially one that I can use every day for several months. I’ve yet to try any of them that are not black but knowing Faber-Castell’s reputation, I have full faith that they will be just as good.
Thanks again for reading and thank you all for the feedback you guys emailed in. Do check out the rest of Faber-Castell’s products because I’ve tried several and they typically do not disappoint at all. Hit me up in the comment section below or email me and let me know what types of pens you like to use and draw with in your notebooks! If you liked what you saw you can click and pick some up!