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Marvy Uchida Le Plume II Brush Pens [Review]

March 23, 2017

Marvy Uchida Le Plume II [Review]

Back during the NBS Love Calligraphy, I was able to collaborate with Marvy Uchida. Luckily, they gave me a wonderful gift! They gave me pens that I could play with. Certainly, you know what play means when you do calligraphy.

Marvy Uchida

This company has been in the industry for over 40 years developing and marketing a wide variety of quality office, craft, and art-related materials. They have brush pens, drawing pens, fabric markers, and so much more. Their market base includes large and small business school, creative companies, artists, craft persons, hobbyists and others ranging from the amateur to the professional.

Before getting to know this product, I was only familiar and using a few pens. It was because that I got acquainted with the dip pen or the pointed pen first before the brush pen.

The list only contains:

  • ZIG Fudebiyori
  • Artline Brush Markers
  • Tombow ABT

Luckily, I was following a calligrapher from the other side of the globe. He shot a video using Le Plume II (by Marvy Uchida) and that made me started looking for it. It was not that really hard to find although some colors are really the ones tricky to find.

The last time I bought, it only costs Php 99.75 per pen which is roughly $ 2 per pen. Not bad, right? It’s not that expensive and not that cheap dual tip pen.

Le Plume II


Le Plume II is a dual tip pen by Marvy Uchida. One has a felt tip and the other has a fine tip. The former may be used in coloring or writing. The latter may be used for lettering or faux calligraphy and/or sketching. It has a water-based ink if I’m not mistaken.

Using this kind of brush pen did not seem to be hard at all. Although, I may have one challenge that I encountered. As a leftie, smudges are always there. Right? So there are times that I have smudges when I write. When this happens, there are always two factors to the situation. Check the paper and the pen. Do not immediately point or blame the brand or the pen itself. It’s always a two-way street. It may also be due to the fact that you did not let it dry for a moment before you resume writing.

One more thing, this kind has a firm felt tip that it similar to a ZIG Fudebiyori. So, there will be those times that you will hear some sound when you write especially with the downstrokes because you are writing with pressure. This is normal. Honestly, it’s normal and natural especially if you are just breaking in the pen or using it for the very first time. You don’t have to be afraid.

Another thing that I like about it is that it may be used for blending. Just like the photo above, I used two colors blended it using an acrylic block and scribbled. If you do not have an acrylic block, you may use a plastic cover (the one used in notebooks and books) or a lid of a microwaveable food container. And you just got a DIY blender. But, there is always that option to buy.

If you are interested in buying, there are acrylic blocks being sold at The Craft Central and Art Bar BGC. Prices differ because it comes in different sizes but always in a quadrilateral shape.

 

 

Sample Works


Here’s the first video I did while practicing blending with Le Plume II and an acrylic block.


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Summary

Marvy Uchida’s Le Plume II is friendly to beginners, intermediate, and experts in calligraphy. Some would say that it’s similar to Tombow ABT. I’d agree because both have dual tips but when it comes to durability, my vote will be with Le Plume II. So, I’ll be listing down the pros and cons of using Le Plume II.

Pros
  • User-friendly with regards to beginners up to experts. It is very easy to use and good for practice.
  • Very durable, it does not easily fray and will not disappoint you.
  • Since it has a dual tip, when you are tired of the felt tip, you can just switch to the fine tip and start doing faux calligraphy.
  • It comes in various colors.
  • There are color labels indicated on the body of the pen. It would be very easy to classify and sort them out if you are that OC.
  • Blending-friendly. You can blend it with other colors. If you want to remove the pigment of the other color just lightly wipe with a dry tissue paper.
  • Affordable at Php 99.75 per piece or $2 per pen.
  • Can be bought in National Bookstore. Usually, has a pen rack of its own.
Cons
  • For using the pen for the first time, it will scare you because there will be a sound especially in writing downstrokes but it’s okay. It’s normal.
  • Colors may not at once be bought. Some branches only offer few colors and you really have to hunt them down.
  • Its ink may not dry quickly depending on the paper being used. With some papers, it dries quickly.
  • Only sold per piece. I haven’t seen sets or packs being sold.
  • In blending, some colors may not stand out as they might be overpowered by the other color. Please do an experiment on this or refer to the color wheel to be sure!
Will I recommend it?

Definitely. It’s worth your money and the time spent looking for it at bookstores. It is durable for practice.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Marvy Uchida gave me the pens as a token for the collaboration we did for NBS Love Calligraphy 2017. This is another way of expressing my utmost gratitude to them.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin April 1, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Seems like a nice pen for me while I practice and play as well. Ihihi. Love that it’s affordable but the colors are real vibrant. Through your calligraphy post, I am always reminded and inspired to practice. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Mirriam (Mirriam Dictionary) April 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    You are so right. It’s not always the pen. At times, we need to check the type of paper and ink that we use. I’ve been in search of a cheap callig brush to practice my calligraphy with. Marvy U sounds a great deal for less than a hundred pesos

  • Reply thewonderfulkind April 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Now, I can finally relate with the terms and brands! I just attended a callgraphy workshop a couple of weeks back. I love
    the Tombow pens instantly. Will
    check out Marvy Uchida. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joanna April 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

    When I was in school we used to have a “drawing” class and I remember how rubbish I was at it. However,I had colleagues who would create masterpieces with their bare hands and I was jealous because I really liked drawing. When I grew up I discovered that the brushes and pens that you use can be a big help in how the final result will look like. I still ike to draw and I would like to try the Le Plume brushes, your work with them is brilliant!

  • Reply Yan April 2, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Oooh more and more brands getting into the calligraphy market. I haven’t heard of Marvy Uchida until this post πŸ™‚ Looks like a good pen if you’re just starting with calligraphy. I also get the downward strokes sound when writing with a brush pen, thanks for mentioning it’s normal! I always thought I’m writing too hard or that my brush pen is too hard! XD

  • Reply Thelittlelai: Beyond limits April 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’m sure that you would really enjoy playing with that pen for your amazing art work. I haven’t heard about this product, but it’s actually interesting to know about it. Your review help me understand how it works. I’m sure you’ll be excited to use that and your art work will be even better. Thank you so much for sharing this product with us.

  • Reply Indrani April 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    That is a quite a lot of variety. My kids would love them for sure. But these have not hit the shelves here yet.
    The best part is these will generate more interest in minds of kids using them.

  • Reply Teresa Dumadag April 3, 2017 at 1:05 am

    That quote “Buti pa siya, ka-sale sa buhay mo” made me smile. πŸ™‚ There are many who are into calligraphy now. It’s nice that many people find this interesting. Would be interesting to try it, too. But currently, I don’t have the time.

  • Reply Zwitsy April 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I am not a pro when it comes to calligraphy tools but sure that I love owning one! hahaha It’s just that they don’t sell in set. I hope they’ll consider it one day. Is it available in NBS nationwide?

  • Reply Sabine April 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I would buy this Yes! I love that yellow color actually. Its a trend in Sweden to see a lot of yellow right now. I think you did a real good job reviewing these πŸ™‚

  • Reply Charmaine Portea July 11, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Wow! This is nice blog and very useful.. I am also fond of Marvy Uchida’s Product.. so im not into school anymore so i can say that this school year students will loved these products.. I also recommend this to my brother who is fond also in letteringnand i teach him how to calligraphy as well and he likes marvy uchida products and willing to learn calligraphy from me hihi.. He started his school year now, so he uses marvy uchida products at school and he shares it also to his classmates and friends.

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