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April 22, 2011
Pilot Drafting Ink! This...
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Pilot Drafting Ink! This is apparently the most popular ink used in Japan! What makes this ink great!?

Pros: It's light, but despite it's lightness, it's adhesive power drying to the paper is excellent and it doesn't feather at all! It dries clean off the nib, and because it's water soluble, just a dab of water will wipe it completely off the nib. It's flow is great! It can make lines that are longer compared to other inks I've tried! Probably equal to that of Sumi Ink(which is also water soluble).And it dries fast! Because of this,the ink does tend to dry on the nib at times but as mentioned before, cleaning it is no chore(compared to other inks).Also it is compatible with Copic Markers, but only to a certain extent so be careful when coloring over this ink when dry.

Now to it's weak points:
It is light but because of this, it is weak against erasures and will fade the more you erase it. Also because it is water soluble, a drop of water will cause the ink to run. Therefore it is not compatible with colored inks/watercolors. Also as mentioned before be careful when using Copics with this ink. The more you color over the line, the more it will smudge.

Final Word:
As the ink of choice for many Mangaka, I can see why it's popular. It's easy to use, light, and comes clean off the nib! Also it's availability in many stores in Japan is probably another strong point for this ink(just guessing hehe). Despite its flaws, its pros dominate the flaws 4 to 1, however in my book it is 4.5! If only it was waterproof hahaha! But there is apparently an alternate called Document Ink which I hope Jetpens will carry in the future(^___^).
For beginners, this is the best ink to use! In closing, if you want to go only for a black and white finish,this is one of the inks to use!!!

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gstrikedragon
 
May 30, 2012
This is an excellent...
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This is an excellent ink for nib pens, really fluid, good drying time, and is super black, even when diluted. I'm a professional comic artist and use it to create the comic adaptation of the Soulless novels. The ink has treated me very well through nearly 300 pages of work. However, it's impossible to find outside of Japan. Please restock this item soon, JetPens! ;_;

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blackmoontides
 
March 23, 2011
This ink is the bomb!!!...
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This ink is the bomb!!! It is similar to Indian Ink except it's not as runny. It leaves a fine matte finish. The value of black is richer than Indian Ink but still a bit lighter than Icy Comic's Super Black Ink. However, I prefer Pilot Drafting ink more because it doesn't clog or dry on my pen nibs. I use both Zebra and Tachikawa brand of G-pens and Maru-pens (aka round pens). I would definitely recommend this product to all!

Thank you JetPens for carrying this product in the USA! I love you guys so much because now I don't have to pay international shipping just to get my hands on these sweet stuff!! Keep being awesome! ;v;bbb

*whispers* I'll be sure to buy more~~ *whispers*

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kaiyounoyume
 
November 9, 2011
I ordered this because...
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I ordered this because I heard it was some of the best manga/comic book ink. I bought some and thought Okay well I'll see this awesome ink in 2 weeks, but low and behold it came in THREE (3) days! And I don't live in Japan, I live in California! And the ink itself is WONDERFUL if you need manga or comic booking ink this is what you need. Only problem is the size............ kinda small, I recommend buying two(2) at a time.

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lukasfamily
 
June 4, 2013
It is not as good as...
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It is not as good as should be, but does the job. No waterproof and not for fountain pen. Cool ink!!!

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