What can or should I use for writing kanji?


#1

i have always used my brush pen or pencil for these kinds of things, but i was never satisfied with the way they turn out… so i would like some pointers as to what i should use! i want to be able to write them the complete way, with all the stops and stuff. please let me know, Thanks! -josh


#2

Personally I really like to practice on my small “Buddha board” that I have at my desk at work. Its this thing you can write on with water and it evaporates in a few seconds. Gives you infinite practice without using a ton of paper and ink. You can get the small size ones on amazon for like $15 I think.

Quick edit to add a picture, you can see how fast the writing evaporates since I wrote some katakana out just now. The brush is very nice to use and has good flow:


#3

I use a small whiteboard. It requires special markers, though.


#4

Has science come too far?


#5

Yes, we should go back to whatever we had before this stone age technology


#6

Like the printing press?


#7

If you want a cheaper but less attractive alternative to the buddha board, there are also paper options:

https://www.jetpens.com/Kuretake-Water-Writing-Practice-Set-Bimoji-Water-Brush-Pen/pd/11292

It’s the same principle, but takes up a bit less space, and has a grid to help you with sizing. This doesn’t really answer your question if you’re looking for a pen to use for actually writing things though!


#8

I’m a bit unclear regarding whether you are looking for brush writing tips specifically, or if you mean writing practice in general. I think people have given some great advice in this thread for saving paper. I’d like to add:

In general, it’s a good idea to write on 原稿用紙 with a somewhat fine mechanical pencil or pen. In most contexts it is not best to practice writing with a brush pen because their width and flexibility will make it difficult for you to learn proper character balance.

Regarding brush pen recommendations, I prefer using the Pentel GFKP or the Pentel FL2F. Both comfortable and easy to use.

Be careful, learning on a calligraphy brush is like learning to do road cycling time trials before you’ve learned to ride a regular bicycle. Most importantly, have fun!

Cheers,


#9

yes, i meant brush/pen to use for writing


#10

Here are some links to amazon where you can get the pens I recommended:

One

The other

They do not seem to have the sizes I mentioned but these are great pens in any width :smile: