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It writes beautifully,...
July 21, 2011
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It writes beautifully, smooth as butter. The ink is a deep rich black - superior to any other gel ink pen I've ever tried. It looks like India ink, for anyone who has done pen and ink work. And the ink is absolutely waterproof. The pen writes rather wet, but it dries quickly. It's a terrific bargain.
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ebenfatto
I bought all 3, fine,...
January 29, 2012
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I bought all 3, fine, extrafine and broad. These pens are great, as others have said it is indeed "like writing on glass!" One thing is that all 3 of these pens occasionally the first pen stroke will be very light, but then it will "catch" and flow normally. My solution is to make a tiny scribble on scratch paper first. No big deal!!
As for running out of ink, obviously this broad tip will lay down a LOT more ink per pen stroke, so yeah, it will run out faster than the the fine or extra fine. But the pen writes so beautifully, and if you are just addressing envelopes with it, the pen will last.

by the way, I addressed all my Thank-You cards from Xmas with the broad pen, and the lady @ the post office complimented the nice dark ink. She thought it was still wet ink at first! It really is best for addressing envelopes because the slightly reflective, super-dark ink is easier for the robotic mail sorters to read (says the post office lady)
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misterjuju
For comparison - I would...
April 25, 2012
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For comparison - I would link these to Sharpies as a good way point to something similar available to US consumers. They are very dark and just a little bit smelly!

I love broad pens, but I found this to put down a very thick line, almost a little to thick for me! I found it to feather quite a bit as well, the smaller nibs are not as likely to do this, so I would take that into account if you are looking at this broad version.

I loved the way the ink went down on the paper though, the pen definitely feels like it glides across the paper.

It could be just me, but I find that these pens (all sizes) DO bleed through paper. If I use them as they intend, as envelope pens, I make sure I write out the envelope prior to inserting the card, bill, etc. so that I am sure that the ink will not bleed through and mark up whatever is inside.

I would rate them higher if they didn't bleed through to the other side of the page.
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moverde23
Perfect. I've never...
January 19, 2012
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Perfect.

I've never before used a pen this awesome. It lays down a thicker and way darker line than the similar Ohto Fude and it literally glides across the writing surface.
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Key Peele
OMG, I love this pen!...
April 26, 2012
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OMG, I love this pen! It writes _beautifully_ on envelopes and heavier paper -- just glides across the surface like a dream. (It's not so hot on lighter paper, but that's not what it was designed for.) As soon as the broad size is back in stock, I'm ordering a couple in every size.
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l8bloomer
This pen writes well...
February 12, 2013
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This pen writes well and the ink is quite nice (too bad there isn't a blue ink option).

However, please be warned that you probably shouldn't buy many extras if you want to stock up and use them later.

I bought a couple dozen of these pens, in all point/tip sizes last March (2012). In the past month, I've tried using them and they've all dried out except for one of the medium/broad point pens.

It's unfortunate that the cap or the body fail to keep the pens properly sealed. I'd suggest getting replacements every couple of months and not storing them for more than a few months, at most.

FYI, I did try a few things to "re-activate" the pens after trying to write with them on various types of paper. I soaked the tips of a couple of pens in 90% rubbing/isopropyl alcohol and then in some warm water, both for a few hours, testing the pens every 15 minutes, or so. Nothing helped.

Twenty plus pens worth nothing now...

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davemccollum
Purchase one (Broad)...
January 25, 2013
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Purchase one (Broad) used a couple of times and then dried out... feel disappointed. Not sure if purchase again, writes ultra butter smooth, dries faaaast.
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Great inkflow, smooth...
July 5, 2016
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Great inkflow, smooth writing and comfortable to hold. Wouldn't hesitate to purchase again.
ohlookitstonia
Best pens I've ever bought...
May 18, 2016
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Best pens I've ever bought or used!
gingerbee_8001
One of the best pens....
May 15, 2016
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One of the best pens. Obviously great for Kanji or similar but so smooth and inky that I can write and draw page after page filling up both sides. Thick expressive lines and the flow of the ink is amazing. Thick tube is for keeping the pen perpendicular to the paper; place your non writing hand along the bottom of the writing area and place your writing arm over it - using your arm as a spacer helps you do this superior form when writing (yes, its more how you write scripts like Asian type characters) and you'll get the full effect of the pen and you will save that wrist a little. :)

I always have this pen and when it runs out I buy a replacement. If you go wild with this pen, get two. It's worth it. I liked the fine point better at first but once (western users) you get used to the broad pen and the ink flow, it's really great.
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