Don't confuse this with...
Don't confuse this with Sharpie marker pens: this is a different animal entirely
in many ways.
What sets this pen apart from the Sharpie line in general is that while the ink
is very dense and dark, it doesn't bleed through paper. It's amazing. I use it
as a general writing pen at times; when I use very light paper stock, quite a
number of pens bleed through: almost all felt/porous-tip pens, eventually, and
even some gel-ink pens. This pen is one of the last holdouts for bleeding
The rather plump pen body is reasonably comfortable, with a grip area to keep it
from sliding around. The retraction mechanism feels a little loose but works
well. The ink outlasts the tip, unfortunately, which bends and flattens out
eventually. It does indeed become chisel-like and provide an intruiging
calligraphic effect, but at this price I expect better quality.
- The dense black ink doesn't bleed through paper.
- It's permanent. Out of curiousity, I tried "washing" it with acetone and got
nowhere; it's now my official check-writing pen. And of course it's as
waterproof as they come. When I used it on a paper food label once, I ended up
soaking the container in water: the paper more or less disintegrated, but the
writing was still clearly legible on what was left of it.
- The tip is fine enough for ordinary writing purposes; the ink is perfectly
even and uniformly dark.
- Did I mention it **doesn't bleed through paper?** (I've given this pen as a
gift on a number of occasions, only to find that people won't try it because
they assume it will bleed through, even though I've assured them it won't.)
- The porous tip is fairly abrasive. It's not the best thing to use on delicate
surfaces. Our local voting setup tried them out on ballots one year (where you
fill in circles to mark your vote), and the tip was too abrasive. I was
surprised (I've never had this problem). However, our local voters were
especially worked up that year, and they may have taken it out on their ballots.
So I would NOT use this pen for things like school budget/tax voting.
- The tip isn't especially durable. At this price, it should hold up better.
- It's expensive. I'd use these pens more often, but at over $3 each, they're
just too costly for general writing purposes, especially when the tip doesn't
hold up well over time. They go in one of my "special purpose" containers. I'm
hesitant to take it places: I love it, but I hate the idea of leaving it
somewhere by accident.
- The body is comfortable for short-term use, but it's not something you'd want
to use for lengthy missives. The metallic-capped version of this pen is much
Even given the price, this pen gets my full, enthusiastic recommendation.
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