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Just to remind people...
December 16, 2009
Just to remind people as it seems that many do not know... to write with small diameter pens you should use smooth paper, that is quality type of paper such as Rhodia, Clairefontaine etc, not the usual domestic crap you find in Staples and other common stores. You could use it on those cheap rough papers but the pen will skip and you will ruin the tip of the pen. So you have to use good french made paper (other make good paper too eg Japanese, Italian) and you will love drawing or writing with these type of pens.

Had to add that in as some people complain [likely not knowing about quality of paper required for good results] about skipping etc, not only these pens but almost any other tiny diameter of pen.

Remember the two high quality papers: Clairefontaine notebooks of various sizes (this one is best and is much thicker than Rhodia, and Rhodia is very common. I use Rhodia blank notebooks in size A4 for sketching and doodling while for writing I use Clairefontaine notebooks of both pocket and A4 size for writing important notes for home [studies, archival notes...I still have to have written notes/articles on paper as i do not trust computers 100%...they eventually crash..I know backup etc, but that also crashes believe me]. Nothing beats writing on nice paper.
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I love these pens for...
July 17, 2009
I love these pens for fine tuning watercolors and for making very, very thin lines. I use them, also to fill in very small gaps that my calligraphy pen left. LOVE it!!!! The Signo .18 is also a great pen.... even smaller than this one if you can believe that! This is needle fine.
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I like the fine line....
July 29, 2015
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I like the fine line. Writes good
pastor dale
I want to love this pen...
May 24, 2015
I want to love this pen oh so much. But it's difficult to appreciate it when it cannot be used to its full potential. Every single one of my .25 are still more than 80% filled with ink but cannot use them because, for whatever technical reason, the ink flow will not continue out. I'm a very DIY person and have been trying to research ways on how to prevent this, or fix it, but I'm not finding a solution to help in that regard.

Example: I'm currently practicing verbs in Japanese from the 501 verb reference book, from A-Z. I'm in the Ns right now (this is just in romaji, no kanji yet) and my pen JUST died. You can see a visual of the ink being a strong, vibrant line to faded into... well, it faded until it couldn't write anymore. I didn't notice until it was too late.

I'm obsessed with the larger points - my first ones were now-discontinued colors I found in Japan at .5 size. I don't know if I can buy another one which makes me rather sad (sigh). 0.3 it'll have to be for my long-winded writing projects. C'est la vie.
Loveeee this magnificent...
March 21, 2015
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Loveeee this magnificent pen. Around me in this nation, I struggle to find pens so simply structured as this that still work masterfully. I'm likely to buy some with different coloured inks very soon. Bravisimo.
driedcastle
These are great sketching...
November 30, 2014
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These are great sketching pens, I haven't tried the bigger sizes, but I tend to go for Uni-ball Signo bit .18 and .25, the 0.3 Copic Multiliners, Artline .05 etc... I just like very delicate lines, now the Micron 005 fails at this level, 01 is the smallest I can go because just like the Pentel Hybrid Technica 03, they can't always keep up with how fast I draw and forget about rougher papers. However, the G-Tec-C 0.25 just flows, it's great for fast lines on most of the papers I play with, including some hot press watercolor papers. The ink isn't waterproof, I have no idea about the light-fastness, but I mostly use this pen for those initial gestural ideas. With a bit of practice you can even get a bit of line variety. I have used it to take notes, but it's not ideal for that, it's best for quickly capturing something on a small scale. I carry a sketchbook in my wallet, so consider that for comparison. I've had several of these and I didn't realize how much I missed it until they all ran out.

I just want to buy a box of refills.
Let me begin by saying...
November 5, 2014
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Let me begin by saying that I own this pen in all point sizes. It's a go-to writing instrument in other sizes, but sadly this width (the 0.25) falls short. I would definitely avoid the 0.25 mm and go instead to the 0.3mm point. I wanted to like it - I really did. But not only was it unusable from the moment I opened it, it remained that way. Oh the humanity! Maybe I got a bad one. Maybe. But I just cannot bring myself to order a new one and shell out the $3.00 to risk it because I pretty much know where it's going to end - me with another useless pen. Rather today I'm ordering (for the 3rd time), the .3 and .4mm.

I read the other reviews, and while I agree w/ the one suggesting the use of smooth paper, I can attest to the fact that my point failure was NOT operator-error. Mine never worked. This pen's failure was not a casualty of excess pressure, though that could easily happen so be forewarned. My recommendation - click on over to this pen in the 0.3mm and 0.4 mm. Make sure that you note that there's a version w/ a grip and one without (this one). I prefer no grip.
Camilladog
these pens break EASILY!!...
June 6, 2010
these pens break EASILY!! they are incredibly fragile.
but well, if they aren't broken. these pens are the best pens ever!
jackie77c
Other than the 0.4mm,...
September 19, 2009
Other than the 0.4mm, I've never had a Hi-Tec or G-Tec pen in 0.25mm write smoothly each time. The ink always skips or needs starting before use.

This alone is a 3 star rating.
bluemagister
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