I've kept a set of these...
I've kept a set of these pigment markers in my "man purse" for years and have
often been exceedingly glad of it.
The case makes it very convenient to carry around and while the easel top is
nifty, but the pressure it puts on the pens makes it somewhat awkward to slide
one out. The lid does fold back and present the pens, but it also places
pressure on the pen caps. This isn't that big a deal if you're fairly dexterous
and can pull on a pen while pushing lightly on the closed and folded lid, but
I've always seen it as a design flaw; great idea, not-so-great design.
The markers themselves have been handy for everything from labeling CDs/DVDs to
jotting notes on the run. I don't actually use them that often for drawing since
I prefer to use a customized fountain pen with an exceptionally flexible nib or
rapidograph pens, but they've been my go-to alternative to Sharpies ever since I
first discovered them.
As with other fiber-tip, pigment markers, you do have to be mindfull of possible
tip glazing but a few swipes on a piece of scrap paper usually takes care of any
The ink itself is dark (with respect to the line widths) and I've never had any
complaints about it or its permanence.
As for longevity, keep in mind that it varies depending on the width of the tip.
The .7mm marker will run through ink about seven times more quickly than the
.1mm marker. This hasn't often been an issue for me since I'm most likely to use
the .1 or .3mm but having the .7mm handy has been very convenient on more than a
Another slight issue I've had is that the clips aren't really that sturdy. I'm
not sure how long the anchoring "tabs" are on the inside of the caps, but I've
had more than one loosen up outrageously after only moderate use. It's not
really that big a deal since I most often keep them in the case, but it might be
an issue for others.
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