A full review of the Marvy Uchida’s LePen Flex in Brush Calligraphy And Hand Lettering
Have you heard of this pen before?
Many brush calligraphers haven’t, which is why I want to give you and honest review of the Marvy Uchida LePen Flex so that you can take advantage of this amazing pen in your modern calligraphy and hand lettering.
The LePen Flex Nib
I have been loving this pen and one of the reasons why is the small flexible rubberised nib. It’s so petite that it is great for the intricate and small calligraphy.
At full pressure the pen creates a beautiful 2mm line (1/16 inch, for those in the USA), and at thin pressure the line ends up being less than 1mm (about 1/32 inch).
This makes it great for the delicate style calligraphy, or creating that classical look with a brush pen.
The nib also creates very smooth lines – the pen seems to glide over the paper. This of course, this depends on the paper but I have found that this pen gets stuck mid-stroke less often than some others.
The Le Pen Flex Ink
The pen comes in 18 beautiful colours: black, red, blue, green, brown, magenta, dark grey, burgundy, navy, oriental blue, teal, amethyst, ochre, coral pink, pale blue, wisteria, dusty pink, and peppermint.
The water based ink is “juicy” and may bleed through some delicate thin paper (such as bible paper).
The juiciness helps with the saturation and vibrancy of these pens, though. They are a lot more saturated than other pens on the market in the same size (such as the Tombow Fudenosuke).
The ink is also very fast drying which is great unless you’re wanting to create lettering that involves blending different colours together. This may prove difficult with such fast drying ink.
The Overall Look of the Le Pen Flex
The actual body of the pen is easily one of my favourites of all brush pens. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous. It’s sleek, modern and hardly looks like a brush pen.
It’s the same design as Marvy Uchida’s Le Pen, which are fine liners, so don’t get them confused. The main external difference is the word “flex” italicised on the body of the barrel.
The pen overall (with the lid on) is 14.2cm (5.59inches) in length and a tiny 8mm (0.31 inch) wide. It’s professional looking and beautifully modern. The design and size makes it easy to transport a few of them at once and tuck them in a pocket or handbag.
You know, in case you do calligraphy on the go.
The Le Pen Flex: Hand Lettering Or Calligraphy?
The size and design of this pen would make generic large scaled lettering with this pen really difficult.
It’s more for smaller calligraphy creations rather than larger lettering. There are many other pens on the market that are geared towards large scaled lettering such as the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Karin Brush Markers Pro, or the Royal Talens Ecoline brush pens.
Practice Calligraphy Using The Le Pen Flex
I hope you have liked the Marvy Uchida Le Pen Flex review. If you own some of these pens, they are great to use with the worksheets found in the resource library to practice brush calligraphy.
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Well that’s it for the Marvy Uchida Le Pen Flex review. To summarise it’s a wonderful juicy pen which is great for delicate smaller sized calligraphy work, but not great for large scale lettering pieces.
If you have any questions about the pen drop them in the comments below and I will try to answer as best as I can.
Until next time, keep creating