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Excellent. I've used...
April 21, 2012
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Excellent. I've used these before and am glad JP has them now. Could be the best liners out there. Remind me of Rapidograph without the need to refill and fuss with fragile tips that Rapidograph from Rotring or Koh i Noor has OR with faber tips that wear out after a while and produce different line thickness.

Regarding tip sizes, as with all manufacturers the tip size (eg 005 = 0.3mm not 005 mm) is not universal but company assigned.
So, as per some Japanese web sites, Ohto Graphic liners are as follows:

005 = 0.3 mm
01 = 0.4 mm
02 = 0.5 mm
03 = 0.7 mm
05 = 1 mm
1 = ? (could not find this one)
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This is NOT like a Rapidograph...
October 8, 2013
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This is NOT like a Rapidograph pen. The Jetpens description (both on the item itself and in the "Graphic Drawing Pens" blog article) is, in my opinion, misleading. This is not a technical pen, it's a rollerball with pigment ink. If that's all you're looking for, great.

If you aren't familiar with technical pens, Wikipedia has a good article, but in essence you have a needle in a shaft fed by a reservoir. The diameter of the shaft determines the width of the line, and the needle inside regulates ink flow. They require a different technique for use from traditional pens and pencils, as the tip (particularly on thinner gauge pens) has a tendency to dig into and/or cut paper if they are pushed rather than pulled. If you want to write, sketch, or otherwise futz about, you don't want a technical pen; they're precision tools for precision work.

The term "needle point" has expanded to describe rollerballs on the end of a cylinder a la the Pilot Hi-Tec-C, differentiating them from rollerballs at the top of a cone, a la the Uni Signo, and that seems to be the source of the confusion here. This pen functions similarly to a Precise V5, Hi-Tec-C, Slicci, etc. It is much smoother than a technical pen... and also much less precise. It tends to be slightly gloppy at the start of a line. If you're an artist or a writer, you might never notice. If you're an architect or a drafter, or anyone who demands a consistent line, it's unacceptable. It most certainly would've affected my grades back in school.

So much for what this pen is not... what it IS, is a good, thin rollerball with pigment ink. I hope this means archival ink... the barrel states that it is water proof and fade proof, but it doesn't say anything about its pH level. At least, not in English -- I can't read the Japanese! I bought a pair of them, and they both write well, with no skipping or trouble starting. For anything but precise production work, it's a darn fine pen.
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Love the ink and the...
November 28, 2012
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Love the ink and the feel of this pen, though I find the 0.05mm to be a little scratchy to my liking. I press pretty hard with my pen as I write, so if you share a similar writing style, consider a slightly larger width. I do like the sturdiness of the pen and the point—I have never felt like it could break if I pressed too hard. Not the most comfortable grip of any pen I've used, but I don't find it bothersome. Overall a great needle point pen!
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Finally, a durable liner...
October 21, 2012
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Finally, a durable liner pen with waterproof ink even. One thing though, the pen I took on a recent plane trip has started to blob/leak out the vent hole above the point (hence minus one star). Other than that though this pen is great for sketching and fine line work.
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Bought a 03 Graphic Liner...
January 15, 2013
Bought a 03 Graphic Liner based on positive reviews and I'm happy with the fast ink flow. The line weight is consistent.
I'll purchase more of these.
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I love this pen a lot,...
June 5, 2016
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I love this pen a lot, I bought 3 or 4 of these. You can make the line thick or thin, even though this is a finer pen. Just be careful how much pressure you use, it can bleed.
Consistent flow and the...
January 30, 2016
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Consistent flow and the exact fineness that you want.
As far as rollerballs...
December 3, 2015
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As far as rollerballs go, I have never found one that writes as well as this one. This was my go to pen as a teacher for note taking. I couldn't put it down. I've never written a pen dry faster, and that's not a bad thing. The barrel and graphics are a bit plain, but the performance and ink quality are the stars, here. Highly recommended.
i carried this thing...
October 1, 2015
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i carried this thing around like a lifeline the moment i pulled it out of the packaging. it became my go-to for everything, from nonstop note-taking to writing to sketching and drawing. i ADORED the thin pen and the faint scratchy-like quality of the lines when you rush it over the paper. (that was a set-back of the pen, but it played to my advantage since i liked the feel of it). And every now and then, a splotch of ink, from a speck of ink to a few millimeters of stain, would end up on my hand but I paid it no mind. However, after a month of constant use, I stopped using it as constantly, and it was out of use for about a few weeks. After deciding I wanted to use it again, i opened it and my hand was assaulted with large stains where I held it everytime. The ink would bleed out of the sides and all over me, and the consistency of the lines went from invisible to flooding the paper. It was horrible. A week later, the pen dried out from all of it coming out of the sides. if you plan on buying this pen, be ready for something like this to happen; don't leave it in one place for a long time and be sure to be using and shaking it constantly so you don't end up like me. I loved this pen dearly but it was a pain to have hands that were pitch black and lines that were illegible after an hour of lecture.
good luck
Not what I was expecting....
June 30, 2015
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Not what I was expecting. This pen tries to have the smoothness and consistency of a felt tip pen with the durability and control of a ballpoint, but it kind of fails at both. I immediately noticed skipping and inconsistency with the lines. The .3 is not as fine as I was expecting from a ball-tipped pen. I gave it an honest shot though, using it for drawing and inking over pencil lines, but it just doesn't match up to better pens out there.

I think this pen is really quite overhyped.
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