June 1, 2013
I have both the green (55 degree bended nib) and the blue (40 degree) versions
of this pen and really enjoy them both. I use the Sailor nano black waterproof
ink and it works well. With a tilt of the pen, the line can go to very fine to
broad and back, so very good for drawing, like carrying two pens at once except
even more convenient since you don't have to keep switching them. The large
cartridge chamber actually holds TWO cartridges, one in use and a spare, so the
pen is extra-good for traveling. In my experience, the pens start right up even
after sitting for a couple of weeks, so nib dry-out isn't an issue as it is with
so many pens.
I like both the green (55 degree) and the blue (40 degree) versions of this pen,
but I lean slightly to using the blue more often. I've read comments by other
artists who lean the other way, toward the green one. You would need to try
both and see for yourself.
In any case, if you like to sketch on the go, grab one of these and some nano
black cartridges (or your own preference) and a good journal (like Stillman and
Birn zeta or beta seeries) and have yourself some fun. If you use a waterproof
ink like the nano black, you can add watercolors later.
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