Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Comics Tool Review- Platinum Fountain Pen Converter

This year I decided to do the NaGraNoWriMo project with a brush pen, instead of felt pens like last year. This was instantly a mistake, since our town is going through a "brush pen refill drought", with several of the current cartooning students having decided to ink their entire thesis with the Pentel Pocket Brush.

A pack of refill cartridges at the store in town is $7 here, and the Platinum Fountain Pen Converter only cost $7.50, so I decided to give it a shot.

Brush Pen and Fountain Pen Converter pt 1

It doesn't fit my Pentel Pocket Brush, but fits the Kuretake no.8 (and its pricier cousins, the no. 13 and no.40)

Brush Pen and Fountain Pen Converter pt 2

I don't like the Kuretake as much as the Pentel Pocket Brush. They both have hair tips, but the Pentel has a nicer point, and the belly of the brush isn't as full with the Kuretake.

Brush Pen and Fountain Pen Converter pt 3

Filled it up with Speedball ink. Hope this doesn't clog it up in the long run, I should buy some sumi ink.

Brush Pen and Fountain Pen Converter pt 4

Here's the assembled pen and a doodle. Everything is working fine for now, and I'm happy considering the price, if I use it five times it'll be worth it. I'll post more if I encounter any problems.


  1. Hey Colleen - you can refill the empty cartridges for the pentel. You just have to have good aim with your dropper.

  2. Jason- I've never had good luck with that. Though I've heard of people sucessfully refilling them with a syringe. Maybe that's the ticket.

  3. Hi Colleen, I´m using this same pen and same converter though I couldn´t refill; it didn´t suck the ink. Could you explain how did u do?

    1. If I remember you just turn the knob at the top. But it's been a few years, I've since lost this pen and the converter.