I really like the line...
April 29, 2013
I really like the line that this pen (and its smaller companions) puts down. It
is bold, dark, and usually smooth. One problem that I have experienced from
this pen in particular is that when you first pick it up to use it each time, it
tends to skip around much like a cheap ballpoint pen. I figure that this is
probably due to the high output of ink that places a high demand on the ink
volume. I bought the full pack of these pens in all sizes and ordered an extra
of this size to use for random notes/sketch ideas and to write in my to-do list
(because I love the dark boldness of it). I found out that if you use it on
regular cheap notebook paper (or even the more durable Campus brand), it writes
strikingly as well as a cheap ballpoint. I can't knock off points for this
though, because it is meant for drawing. It lays down a beautiful line on
sketch paper (which is rougher in texture), but it still skips on start-up. I
have found that the slower you move it, the better the flow, which could be an
issue for some sketching practices. I also noticed that on cheaper paper, it
fades to this very strange gray-brown color that is not very attractive at all.
For me, that is saying something because I absolutely love writing in brown ink.
This color is not pleasant, however.
- Bold, dark lines
- Multiple sizes available
- Beautiful for sketching
- Zero risk of crushing a delicate tip (as it is metal)
- Only good on rough or "expensive" papers
- Fades on cheaper papers
- Skips like a cheap ballpoint when you start drawing/writing
Overall, if you stick to using it only for its intended purpose and give it a
little time to warm up each time, it's a great instrument.
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