Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen & Random Sketches

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My husband went on a l-o-n-g business trip to Tokyo and brought me back an assortment of Japanese papers and these absolutely adorable Pilot Kaküno M and F nibbed fountain pens! They come with black ink, and he got some red and green refills. Here's the Pilot Kaküno Medium pen out-of-the-box. The ink cartridge is inside the white envelope. This is the packaging. The nib has a smiley face:)

Sketch #1b: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched breakfast.

Sketch #1b: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched breakfast.

Sketch #2: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the random stuff in front of me on the table.

Sketch #2: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the random stuff in front of me on the table.

Sketch #3: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the kids playing in the pool.

Sketch #3: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the kids playing in the pool.

Sketch #4: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched DD12 while we played my favorite game of all time, Careers. 

Sketch #4: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched DD12 while we played my favorite game of all time, Careers. 

Sketch #5: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. 

Sketch #5: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. 

Sketch #1a: 5x8" moleskine, Hi-Tec pen. Sketched construction site from Starbucks window. This was literally a moving target; the men and the trucks were moving around the site constantly! I like the architectural feel of this drawing.

Sketch #1a: 5x8" moleskine, Hi-Tec pen. Sketched construction site from Starbucks window. This was literally a moving target; the men and the trucks were moving around the site constantly! I like the architectural feel of this drawing.

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3x5" lined Rhodia journal.

3x5" lined Rhodia journal.

Moleskine Journal. On right, the second test is the F, not the M.

Moleskine Journal. On right, the second test is the F, not the M.

I know that the two journals I selected are like oranges and apples but these are the only tiny journals I had on hand for comparison testing. The left paper is drawing paper and the right paper is watercolor paper. But they are both fun! The pen performed just fine on both papers. I found the lines more expressive on the drawing paper. You can see how the pen lines look compared to some dip pen nibs in this post.

I took the first session of Sketchbook Skool called Beginnings. This is an online workshop devised by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene which included sessions by Danny, Koosje, Roz Stendahl, Jane LaFazio, Prashant Miranda and Tommy Kane. This workshop didn't teach drawing per se, but I don't take very many workshops so it was a lovely luxury and inspired me to do some sketching. Each of the sections provided a happy injection of inspiration targeted to people just starting to sketch and wishing for an injection of bravery and confidence {no affiliation}. 

So this is not any sort of formal review, folks, but I love these pens and they are part of my regular repertoire now! Do you write, sketch and/or doodle with Japanese fountain pens? What is your favorite?