Sharing an Ohuhu Brush Pen review today! These pens have been hanging around on my desk for almost a year now but I am finally getting around to checking them out! I am excited to compare these to the Tombow Dual Brush Markers, since they are both water-based. In this review, I am looking at the overall feel and performance of these pens, as well as how well they blend. It will be following the same general template of my pen reviews, to keep it easy to compare. I have updated my brush pen comparison chart with these Ohuhu dual tip markers, for easy reference. To watch the review, you can head on over to YouTube. Otherwise. let’s get into it.
(This review is not sponsored and I paid for these pens myself!)
Ohuhu Dual Tip Markers
These brush pens are pretty comparable to Tombow. They are a vibrant, water-based ink. The formula is safe and non-toxic. It doesn’t mention acid free though, which Tombow does. The dual tips are smooth and sturdy, and the fine liner tip is comparable to a Staedler fine liner. They are numbered, and apparently do have a colour name on the newer pens. My set is a bit older but, as per the website, the white-barrelled pens have a number and a name.
They are sold in packs of 36, 60, 100, 120, and 160. The price range goes from $21.00 for the 36 pack, to $79.00 for the 160 pack. This is a great price point considering Tombows sell for $30.00 for an 10 pack. These are primarily marketed for journaling.
Ohuhu Brush Marker Review – Testing
As I mentioned, I did my testing based on the comparison chart I have created. This makes it easier to compare what’s going to work for you. I tested on 160GSM dot grid paper. This is the paper I use for all of my journaling and artistic endeavours, so this is the paper I test on. You want to make sure you are testing on the paper you are going to use.
From a lettering perspective, these pens are great. The brush tip is on the firmer end so it is a lot easier to control and you’re still getting a thick down stroke. I find the Tombow brush is bigger so the letters are bigger, and a little harder to control compared to Ohuhu. For lettering in a journal, these are great.
For blending, I blended 2 colours on paper, used the pick up method, and then tried a water brush pen for blending as well. These are not the greatest for blending. The ink soaks into the paper very quickly, leaving no time for blending (it doesn’t bleed through or ghost on the 160GSM either). The best blending method would be the pick up method, using a palette to pick up the darker colour with the lighter colour. This was a super smooth blend but, with that said, barely noticeable with the 2 colours I was using (a light blue and the darkest blue).
As a watercolour, the ink is super vibrant and definitely an option to use as watercolour.
I do want to point out the fine liner tip. I really do love that as a journaler. I rarely use the Tombow bullet tip, but I can see myself using the fine liner tip in one of my journals.
I went into this review not feeling overly excited or positive about these pens. They have been sitting on my desk for close to a year now and I was never overly curious about them. After this review, I am excited to incorporate them into my journaling.
- Some of the colours are too similar
- Would like more range in the 36 and 60 packs (36 pack has 1 green, 60 pack could have a better brown, red, and grey range)
- Pens are a little uncomfortable to hold – caps are slim and no grip on them so can be hard to remove
- Don’t fully understand the numbering system (with the 60 pack)
- Good colour variety
- Fine Liner tip is great for journaling
- Easy to letter with
- Number system is good
- Colours are vibrant
- Great price point
- Easy to buy – from Amazon
These pens are so easy to letter with and control. they are great for beginners, especially at that price point. I try to keep these reviews mostly neutral but I feel they are a must for journalers. The versatility of the brush tip and the fine liner tip are so great! As mentioned above, the only downside is the colour range in the 36 and 60 pack. While there are great colours in each pack, more shades of red, brown and grey, and less of blue and green would be great. Don’t touch the orange though! This is by far THE BEST shade range of orange. Lol! I realize that’s a very specific bias but, that’s how I feel.
I hope you found this review helpful! If you are looking for some more pen reviews, you can check out some of my other reviews here.
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions!