Tombow Fudenosuke Pen Review

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A simple and unbiased Tombow Fudenosuke pen review video. I’m exploring the pros and cons, discussing nibs, control and how I feel about the colors.

Tombow Fudenosuke color pens

This is my first pen review and long form video I’ve ever done (so ignore the terrible lighting and all the “umms”) and I can’t wait to share more! This week I am taking a good look at the Tombow Fudenosuke brush tip pens! I’m talking about the two different nib types, and discussing the pros and cons of each. I’m also talking about the control of each tip, the colors available and whether or not I would recommend them for a beginner calligrapher. Let’s do it!

Tombow Fudenosuke Pen Review

Just to clarify, this is a review of the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Tip Pens, not to be confused with the Dual Tip Brush Pens which are much larger in size, and have their own separate review.


Tombow Fude Hard Nib

The Tombow Fudenosuke pens come in two different nib types–hard and soft. As it suggests, the soft nib is a bit more flexible and loose while the hard nib is stiffer. Both nibs are pretty durable and can really handle a lot of pressure. I’ve had some of the same Tombow Fude pens since I started lettering in 2017 and they are still holding up well. They were even used on rough paper in the beginning, which can really destroy some brush pens.

You can get a 2 pack of these pens in black to try out each type of nib!



The two nib styles operate differently. Both are fairly similar to control from downstroke to upstroke, but I personally find that the hard nib is a bit easier to get crisp upstrokes with. I letter faster than some, so having that built in control for me is nice. I’m also a little heavy handed meaning I put a lot of pressure on my downstrokes, and that can cause extra thickness on my down to up stroke transitions. The hard tip helps with that!


Tombow fudenosuke color swatch

The soft nib comes in black only, while the hard tip comes in a twin tip (black and gray) and a 10 color pack. The colors are standard black, brown, gray, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. The colors are a little bit muted which is rather disappointing. I wish the colors were more saturated and vibrant! There is a little bit of color fall off on downstrokes as well, which isn’t a huge deal, but a little disappointing for my one of my overall favorite brush pens.

10 Color Pack (hard tip only)

2 Pack hard and soft tip

3 pack with a hard, soft and Dual tip

Final Thoughts

These are some of my favorite small tip brush pens! Even though the colors aren’t as punchy as I want them to be, the control on the hard nib makes up for it. I can letter something fairly quickly and effortlessly without worrying about my upstrokes. The Tombow Fudes are great for beginners or heavy handers because of the durability of the nibs too! I am hoping that Tombow releases new colors soon!

Watch the Tombow Fudenosuke Pen Review Video:

Here’s the short of my unbiased Tombow Fude Pen review:

These pens come in 2 different nib types. The soft nib is only available in black or gray. The hard tip is available in black and a color pack. The hard tip is great for beginners or those of us who are a bit heavy handed, or like to letter on the quicker side (me). The sturdy tip makes it easy to get nice thick downstrokes and crisp upstrokes.

tombow fude color swatch horizontal

Pros of the Tombow Fudenosuke Pen

  • The hard tip makes control really easy. You get a nice downstroke, but a thin crisp upstroke with minimal effort.
  • The nibs are very durable, so they make a great pen for beginners!
  • There is little bleed through or ghosting for bullet journaling.
  • The price point is great.

Cons of the Tombow Fudenosuke Pen

  • The colors are not as saturated as other small brush pens
  • There is a little bit of color fall off on the downstrokes
  • The colors are not available in the soft tip

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