Art Supply Review: Faber Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pen
I got this pen specifically because of its lightfastness. I was pretty upset to find out that Copics are not lightfast, and wanted to find an alternative that wouldn't fade on me. So I turned to the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen.
The ink inside is actually India ink, which is pretty cool. That's what gives it its lightfastness. Unlike most markers, which use dyes, this is a pigment-based ink.
It’s not the most popular pen around on instagram, but it's very easy to pick up in Europe for an OK price. So this was one of the first brush pens that I tried to letter with.
|Quality||Where Does it Stand?|
|Ergonomics/Feel||It has a normal pen body, so it handles normally.|
|Ability to Flex||Stiff|
|Copic/Alcohol Marker Proof||Yes|
|Color Availability||60 Colors|
Very highly lightfast. Actually, some of the shades are so lightfast that they should last longer than 100 years!
Depending on what kind of paper you use, you can blend with these colors before they dry. It’s kind of difficult though.
I love that this comes in a range of grays, which is great for shadows and shading. I also love the fluorescent line, which is more of a novelty than anything else, but it’s fun!
Since they are waterproof, you could layer watercolors on top of the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen without worrying about it smudging or bleeding, which is awesome!
The tip of the pen is not conical, like some other brush pens. Instead, it’s kind of long and skinny. I find that I don’t really like this style for brush lettering because it doesn’t give you very thick down strokes.
When you first get this pen, it feels very stiff. However, with use it loosens up. The problem is that the very tip also becomes more and more blunt. That is super annoying when I’m looking for a sharp line. 
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
This is not one of my favorite brush pens, but it’s not one of my least favorite either. It’s a little too stiff for me and a little too blunt after a while.
However, it’s one of the only brush pens with a felt tip that I know of that is actually lightfast.
I wouldn’t recommend this to beginners because it can be a bit unwieldy, but it’s definitely an awesome pen to complement your collection.
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Price and Where to Find It
$10.80 at Dick Blick : Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Sets - BLICK art materials
$12.64 on Amazon : Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set of 6 Brush Tips
$15.50 on JetPens : Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens B Brush - JetPens.com
£2.10 at Jackson’s Art: Faber Castell : Pitt Artist’s Brush Pens
€14.37 at Gerstaecker : FABER CASTELL PITT® artist pen „brush” Tuschemarker