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Pentel Touch Sign Pen – First impression

A handful of facts:

Brush pens from Pentel are available in 12 vibrant colors: yellow, yellow ochre, orange, sky blue, blue, violet, gray, black, pink, red, brown and green.
They are intended for regular words just like Tombow Fudenosuke.
Pentel Touch Sign Pen are water-based and are neither waterproof nor complementary.
The price of one is about EUR 3. You can buy them on pieces or in a set.

First impression:

Brush pens are solidly made, nothing sticks out, it does not crumble, it is not loose. The housings are handy, shiny they are well-kept. They are not too long, their height is 13 cm, so they will calmly fit into all standard pencil cases.
Very basic, vivid colors. I hope Pentel will go with the flow and enlarge the collections with other more interesting colors (shades).
The black color is opaque, well pigmented which is a big plus! I compared the intensity of this color with the black Tombow Fudenosuke soft and the Pentel gets much better, its color is more intense and deeper. However, one should remember the fundamental difference between the two brush pens – the Tombow is waterproof, the Pentel is not.


I would compare the hardness of the tip to Tombow Fudenosuke soft, and sometimes between hard and soft.
However, its tip is shorter, which gives more control over the brush pen. I noticed that in my set, for example, yellow is the hardest of all.

Ideally suited for regular words, which I checked in my worksheets for learning brush lettering.
As a Tombow Fudenosuke owner I enjoy having a Pentel Touch Sign Pen, now I can write smaller words also in color! I write smoothly and pleasantly, I could risk saying that writing with them is more pleasant than with Tombow. Yes, that’s what I wrote.


I used three different papers for tests. 70gms, 80gsm and 160gsm.
As far as I don’t care about the ghosting, because I use brush pens mainly on separate pages, not in notebooks, I know that you care more, especially if you use your pens in Bullet Journal or notebooks.

At 70gsm, Pentel was a little bit over to the other side, I think if I wrote slowly, it could get through completely creating stains. I must add that despite the small weight, this paper is quite durable for various media.

At 80gsm, the ink pierces only in a few places, very gently, but the ghosting appears and much stronger than with 70gsm paper.

At 160gsm, the thickest of the papers, there is no ink penetration, while the delicate ghosting remained.
Even with such thick paper as 160gsm, the ghosting is visible. The conclusion is obvious – the Pentel releases quite a lot of ink to the tip.


I have tested them on several types of paper, but they melt (bleed) almost on all of them. On some papers more, on others almost imperceptibly, but still. With the smoothest paper 160gsm, the ink dissipated the most. I also noticed that the black color spells the least, pink – the most. I do not know to what extent this is the case (proportions of ingredients) and in what rule.


Due to the fact that they are based on water, they blend well and mix with each other, one can also take a color by dipping the tip, eg in ecoline liquid watercolor or by contacting two brush pens with each other.

In summary, they are neat, well-made, solid, perfect for regular brush pen words that are worth having in your collection. Bah! Even the must-believe, lightness of use, that’s what you’ll love in them!

Cons: I do not see any major ones yet. Only the color palette is quite poor compared to other brands. However, this is just my feeling.


The review was in no way sponsored or linked to cooperation with Pentel.

4 thoughts on “Pentel Touch Sign Pen – First impression

  • Madam LunaMarch 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Teraz to już na pewno muszę się w nie zaopatrzyć, bo są niesamowite! A powiedz – jest w ogóle jakaś różnica między dystrybucją europejską a tą japońską, wiesz coś może?:)

    Bardzo fajna, rzetelna recenzja/pierwsze wrażenie! I w sumie obie formy – blogowa i instastories – mi odpowiadają 🙂

    Pozdrawiam ciepło!

    • adminMarch 30, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Polecam bardzo, nie mogę się oderwać od nich, tak przyjemnie się piszę!
      Nie jestem pewna. Zauważyłam, że tombow z Japonii ma bardziej intensywniejszy tusz- ale równie dobrze mogłam tak trafić (kilka osób też na to zwróciło uwagę).

      Bardzo dziękuję ❤️

  • Dale WalkerMarch 31, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I like using the pentel brush pens. Easy to travel and gives opportunity to practice think and thin letters anywhere.

  • Kinga ĆwiękaMarch 31, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Ekstra artykuł, już wiem co zamówię siostrzenicy na urodziny. Dzięki za opinie.


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