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Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby KAGEHISaNOTSU » Tue 08.01.2006 8:29 pm

Should I writ Kanjis and Kana with a pen or pencil ? I feel like those 2 make for very thin line, unlike what I usually see in my kanji books where paintbrush seem to have been used. What do students in Japan use, other than for calligraphy; for regular writing?
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby richvh » Tue 08.01.2006 8:43 pm

I believe students usually learn with a pencil/pen, but if you want to imitate what you see in your kanji books (the varying line width etc.), you would need to use a brush.
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Sumi » Tue 08.01.2006 10:24 pm

I use the good ol' pencil. Besides, sometimes I need to erase.
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby anikaliki » Tue 08.01.2006 10:31 pm

I use an extra fine point uni ball. I'm very in love with it
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Budomaru » Tue 08.01.2006 10:39 pm

line thickness isnt important you know. i'd suggest sticking with a pencil or a pen till you get a good grasp of kanji and, after that, doing paintbrush stuff for fun (unless you really like it or are taking calligraphy classes ;)). judging from how many times i write a kanji to get it to look readable, i'd guess my room would be black from the ink if i tried that with a brush :P not to mention it would be very expensive and slow
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby AJBryant » Tue 08.01.2006 10:42 pm

I've always been fond of fountain pens. Don't use ballpoints. Ick.

Fountain pens are very conducive to Japanese text.


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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Sumi » Tue 08.01.2006 10:46 pm

After awhile, I got used to writing kanji. But I do notice that if you write with a pencil, a sharp one works a lot better.
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby chiisu321 » Wed 08.02.2006 11:08 pm

I use pencils. But i get irritated when it isn't sharp. If i could keep up with my fountain pens, i would use those. I suggest foutain pens, but it really doesn't matter. =o i haven't used a brush since i was young.>_<
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby kanadajin » Wed 08.02.2006 11:12 pm

But I do notice that if you write with a pencil, a sharp one works a lot better.


Lol no kidding, A Sharp pencil works better with everything.. From Writing to hurting someone ;)
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Nibble » Wed 08.02.2006 11:13 pm

How about a fude pen?
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Oyaji » Wed 08.02.2006 11:32 pm

I don't know how general this is, but my sons were not allowed to use mechanical pencils (シャーペン) in grade school, so they used regular pencils in their kanji studies. In junior high and high school mechanical pencils are allowed.

A couple of times a year they dust off the calligraphy sets to practice writing with a brush. They come home covered in black ink. :)
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby punkgrl326 » Wed 08.02.2006 11:56 pm

I use Sakura Micron brush pens. They're intended for comic use, but they're also great for kanji writing practice. The flexible tips are also a plus. The even come in different sizes. My favorite size is 05 :) Their Site
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby hiraikotsu » Thu 08.03.2006 2:08 am

but my sons were not allowed to use mechanical pencils in grade school,


why is that? afraid the kids will poke each others' eyes? :D
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby zengargoyle » Thu 08.03.2006 6:28 am

i use plain pencil, or mechanical mostly... but i have a few fude pens that i break out occasionally, and a .2 mm Micron felt-tip that i use to make corrections in books because it lets you write really really tiny to fit those many stroke kanji in a small space.

i'm also particularly fond of the old school Flair Felt Tip pen. the tip is just big enough and small enough, and just soft enough and just pointed enough to get a decent approximation of a brush.
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RE: Pen, pencil or Paintbrush

Postby Sumi » Thu 08.03.2006 9:26 am

kanadajin wrote:
But I do notice that if you write with a pencil, a sharp one works a lot better.


Lol no kidding, A Sharp pencil works better with everything.. From Writing to hurting someone ;)


Especially when hurting someone!
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