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This is a follow-up to...
, September 20, 2011
This is a follow-up to my review on August 12th. I have used this pen daily for
weeks now, and it's become my favorite inking pen. However, it did act up on me
once. The ink flow stuttered when I drew fine horizontal lines or when beginning
a stroke. I fidgeted a bit and I found that there is a pad of some sort of fiber
directly under the steel nib. If that fiber pad gets a little dried out, you'll
have ink flow problems. I think this is why they recommend you not leave the pen
unused for more than two weeks. (The ink dries very quickly, which is good when
you're drawing, but problematic for pen storage.)
If you're getting spotty ink flow, another reviewer suggested that you give the
nib a quick rinse in warm water, which works well to rehydrate the ink pad.
However, it does dilute the ink, so you need to scribble a bit to get full
strength ink flowing again. What I do instead is put a drop of black ink (I use
black technical pen ink, but you could use a drop of any black fountain pen ink)
onto the little air hole on the nib, and let it soak in for a few seconds. This
restores the ink flow perfectly without dilution, and the pen is ready to draw.
No skips or stutters.
And a final note about the ink: this stuff is as black as anything I've ever
used, including black India ink in dip pens. It dries very quickly, even on
shiny surfaces like bristol board. And it is -very- waterproof. I use
watercolors with my pen drawing, and I don't have any problems with ink running
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I love this pen. I have...
, April 26, 2011
I love this pen. I have bought Copic fountain pens, Multiliners, Multiliner SPs,
Sailor ink-bars, Lamy fp and more.. (yes i am addicted to pens. and yes there
are worse things to be addicted to.)
This pen was bought for me by a dear freind. He also bought himself 1 to try. He
has had some problems with his pen, and warned me that it takes some time to get
flowing nicely. As soon as i put pen to paper, it flowed beautifully in
controlled, even lines. No problems at all. NOT ONE! why? Because i hold my hand
at a 30 degree writing angle and he doesnt. When he tries to use my fountain
pens they become scratchy for him due to his angle of the pen. If this pen
doesnt write for you, try angling your pen differently. I love this pen, and
would hate for anyone to get the wrong impression about it.
I am a social worker and have found that the only way i can get clients to stop
stealing my pens is to write with a fp! This one is my all around fav go to pen.
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I have been using this...
, August 12, 2011
I have been using this pen for about three weeks now, and I am really enjoying
it. The ink flow is wonderful, and the slight flexibility of the nib brings
subtle expressiveness on the lines. I have used it on a variety of papers, and
it's been particularly nice on smooth Bristol and hot press watercolor. I draw
with a light hand and rarely notice any scratchiness.
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This is yet another follow-up...
, August 6, 2012
This is yet another follow-up to my August 2011 review. I have been using this
pen for a year now, and it is still performing beautifully. I left it unused for
about four months during the winter, but it started up almost immediately when I
took it out, and has been writing smoothly ever since. It's the best $6 pen
purchase I've ever made.
And I don't know what ink Tachikawa puts into the cartridges, but I sure wish I
could get a bottle of it for my other pens!
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Well, at first I was...
, September 30, 2012
Well, at first I was quite disappointed with this pen, it was very sketchy and
often skipped whenever I would draw faster than a slug's speed, but then I found
a very strange solution. I finally got so fed up with the pen, that I washed all
of the internals completely out with water, including the ink cartridge. Well
this made me discover the base of the pen still holds quite a bit of ink after
the cartridge has been out of it for a while. So I filled the ink cartridge with
water with a little bit of diluted ink into it and let the main ink come from
the base of the pen. The results were AMAZING to say the least. Lines flow
smoothly and there has been no skipping whatsoever, even when I intentionally
try to make it do so. Plus it still doesn't take long for the ink to dry (just a
bit longer than normal). If you've purchased more than one ink cartridge, I'd
say give it a try . You won't be disappointed.