Friday, May 11, 2012

Calligraphy Flourish Friday - Kuretake ZIG Pens

I recently received a new batch of ZIG pens from Kuretake. 
(Definitely, a good mail day!)

I was most interested to try the Cocoiro Letter Pen. 

This is the information for the Cocoiro Letter Pen as provided to me by Kuretake.

For a fiber tip pen, I was amazed at the thinness of line the Cocoiro could produce. Although it is a flexible, brush tip, it is a FIRM tip.   Anyone that struggles to control a brush pen, may enjoy using the Cocoiro.  I am able to write much smaller with the Cocoiro than with other flexible, fiber pens.

The ergonomic pen body gives a comfortable grip.

All the envelopes pictured are A2 (4 3/8" x 5 3/4").

The Cocoiro also writes quite nicely at a larger size. The page above is standard letter size, 8 1/2" x 11". 

I also had a chance to play with the ZIG Metallic Colours calligraphy pens, which I love. Kuretake has added a couple of new colors.  

In addition to the calligraphy tip, the metallics also come in a bullet tip. (ZIG Writer).

I've learned that Kuretake has introduced 4 new comic nibs, one of which is a G nib.   I look forward to trying them.

Update for USA Residents:
The ZIG Cocoiro Lettering Pen body and refills are available from Paper & Ink Arts here:

 Thank you Jennifer Allen of Paper & Ink for this information! 

For the Kuretake website, click here.


  1. So fun, Jane! I have just the traditional black Kuretake pen, but would love to try these. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a beautiful weekend!~

  2. Thanks (I think) for such a great, informative post! Now I'm afraid I have to do some shopping! :-)

  3. I've never tried any of these. Wish my mail were as much fun as yours!

  4. Lovely work as always and the pens look very interesting. Happy weekend & Mother's day.

  5. How fun to play with new toys in your studio! I have to confess that I'm a little jealous :) Thanks for the reviews too - so helpful.
    Wishing you a great Mother's Day!

  6. What fun, Jane! You must have felt like a kid in a candy store. Wish I had been able to play with you and these fab markers.

  7. Wow, you made those pens sing! Kuretake definitely sent them to the right place!

  8. Jane, you could make a BIC ballpoint look like a million bucks! Thanks for the inspiration.


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