Lumos - Brush
As someone who has made calligraphy pens for some of the world's most talented calligraphers, I know how important it is for them to use a beautiful pen that feels worthy of their beautiful work. Brush lettering is also an amazing pursuit, but unfortunately, many of the pens available are disposable. My wife, Gemma, has a "drawer of shame" that's full of perfectly good pens that have either run out of ink or have worn tips.
To put an end to this pen purgatory, I designed the Lumos, a refillable brush pen with replaceable pen tips. With the Lumos, you can customize your pen and refill it with any color fountain pen ink, of which there are thousands (and some rather lovely ones, even if I do say so myself). Refilling your pen is easy--simply dip the reservoir in ink, and through the magic of capillary action, it will draw up all of that inky goodness. You can easily change colors in the pen by rinsing the brush tips and reservoirs or swap out with entirely new tips and reservoirs, replacements for which you can find here.
The included brush tip itself is an absolute dream, with a good balance between firm and soft, sitting between a Pentel and a Tombow. Having been road-tested by some excellent brush letterers, it also punches above its weight as far as durability goes. It's not surprising, as they are made in Japan by the world's top tip manufacturers.
The Lumos also has interchangeable tips, so you can turn it into the perfect pen for illustration or writing in a jiffy! I have a selection of nine amazing tips for drawing, starting from the smallest 0.1 to 1.0. These professional-grade fineliner tips remove the need for buying a disposable pen for each size. I've also just introduced writing tips, which are incredibly durable and wonderfully smooth on any paper. They're also great for drawing.
GOOD TO KNOW:
- The Lumos - Refillable Brush Pen comes with a brush tip and you can also buy replacements in packs of 3 here: Lumos tips.
- A reusable cotton core reservoir for each nib, spares available here: Lumos reservoirs. The longer version works in this pen
- The pen includes a Tom's Studio - Deep Black Ink (not waterproof) 5ml bottle of ink. More colours are available here: Fountain pen ink as well as waterproof pigment inks . Calligraphy Inks are not compatible (find out more in FAQs below).
Full FAQs can be found here
What ink can I use?
- All nibs will work with all but the most experimental fountain pen inks (think shimmer + iridescent). I've tried a LOT and I'm yet to find one that doesn't work well. I'd encourage you to experiment and find the inks that work best for you!
Pigment Ink for fountain pens can be found here.
Calligraphy Ink has an acrylic binder which will block the Pen
What are the differences between the Duo and the Single Lumos?
The Duo Lumos allows you to have two different pens in one body, allowing you to easily change between nibs and ink colours on either side.
The Single Lumos has one tip and one ink reservoir which is double the Duo's reservoir size.
What's the difference between the Lumos and other refillable technical pens? (E.g. Rotring Isograph and Copic Multiliner).
Please find my explainer here
Things aren't always Black and White.
Any ink colour anytime. The Lumos is designed so that you can refill with any fountain pen ink (and even some pigment inks). So there are no limits to your colour palette when creating your next masterpiece.
Make it Yours
We all have our favourite nib sizes and styles. Customising your Lumos to be your perfect writing, drawing or doodling companion couldn't be easier!
Watch the how to:
Tip, Top, Tips
Japan is where the best technical pens are made. I was never going to be able to design anything that came close to the precision and decades of perfectionism of a Japanese-made nib. So I designed the Lumos around them, with 9 sizes and types you are sure to find the ones to perfectly suit your style.
Reduce, Reuse, Refill
It's always seemed crazy to me to have to dispose of an otherwise amazing pen, just because it has run out of ink! With it's interchangeable ink reservoir the Lumos allows you to easily refill with your ink colour of choice. You'll also never have to buy another pen again! No more refills, No more waste
As a designer, I am always reaching for at least two pens to highlight or add details in different styles to my work. Different pen styles offer different functions, whether that's accentuating detail in a drawing, changing between line weights, or just doodling for the fun of it I wanted to create a pen that you could use for a variety of tasks and that you could truly customise to the way you work.
Lumos - Duo
Use any ink colour or combination of the 9 tip styles