Average Customer Review
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
Oh my goodness! Just...
, July 26, 2013
Oh my goodness! Just buy these! To me these nibs rival the g pen. These nibs are
kind of special. Even if you dip it and have it touch the paper the ink won't
come out and no lines will be made unless you apply pressure. These nibs are
hard. At first I wasn't sure how these nibs would be but it is such a great
product. The hardness allows you to create very CONTROLLED fine lines. It can do
those small fine details. In fact you can use them over the g pen to ink the
main parts if you wanted, the g pen have more line variation though since it's
more flexible. These do have great line variation too but it just doesn't get as
thick which is perfect. It gives such perfect lines and can get thinner than a
single strand of hair. Flexible nibs are harder to control while for these it's
easy to master. Don't get me wrong though flexible nibs are a must! They can do
everything if you have the mastery and control.
However, these nibs aren't perfect. The good thing about them is that you can
press hard allowing you to make smooth controlled fine lines to small gray
lines. But it can be hard to start with the thinnest line possible at times
because of the amount of pressure you have to put on these hard nibs to bring
out a line. But I say practice. Also, and the most important thing to keep in
mind is that because of the hardness it cannot make fast strokes. It cannot do
fast and concise crosshatching. The lines will get broken and inconsistent. I
would NOT use these for cross hatching. But that's what not these are for. It's
about slow, controlled and elegant line character. You can cross hatch but it
will be difficult. I'm suspecting the soft version of these nibs will be able to
do the fast concise strokes. I haven't got them yet but I will definitely get
those in the future. I had to give these nibs a good review. These are a must
for me now and I thank Tachikawa.
One last thing. I can see these nibs getting bad reviews in the future because
people can't use these nibs correctly. You use strokes, it's not a pen and it
doesn't have 360 degree motion. You need pressure, it's not a flexible nib you
can't just fling it around. Don't go up unless you point it upside down or turn
the paper. Keep that in mind and it can create the longest smooth controlled
line ever. Btw, I was using these on regular line paper and the paper was fine.
All fine nibs catch the paper a little bit including the g pen. I must add these
had better line character and ink flow then the crow quill nib I got from
speedball. I hoped this helped you. I just want to help out a product that has
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
Creates incredibly fine...
, August 28, 2012
Creates incredibly fine lines and if you prep the nib correctly, it'll be very
smooth. It will catch on the paper at times, but that's expected of such a small
point. I actually accidently stabbed my finger with it... You may only get 2 in
one pack, but if you take care of them, one nib can last over a year.
Definitely will repurchase in the future.
I own both these and...
, December 18, 2013
I own both these and the Tachikawa G-Pen nibs, so pretty much both ends of the
spectrum. While the G-Pen nibs are flexible and have very nice ink flow, these
are much harder and I'm not terribly impressed with the ink flow. I was doing
some warm-up drawing, getting a feel for these and working the shakes out of my
hand, and I couldn't draw a line longer than maybe 4 1/2 to 5 inches without it
skipping. Did not matter how hard I pressed, either. I tried it both before and
after lighting the tip and the results were the same. I decided to try and ink a
full drawing with it anyways, though (For comparison, I use an ink that is very
cleanable with plain ol' water, so I wasn't letting my pen gunk up and then
wondering what was wrong).
On the plus side though, the lines I did make with this were very nice. I would
like to try the soft version of this nib and see just how fine the lines could
become. I was able to get down to about half the width of my pencil lines and
added details that none of my other pens would have done or done as well. As
long as I was careful, cleaned it often and took my time, the skipping was not
too big of an issue in the test image I did. That being said I would still be
very cautious to use this on something bigger or something I was serious about
inking perfectly. The more you have to fix lines, the more imperfections there
will be, and that's my biggest takeaway from this nib.
If you're interested in a maru nib, make sure you want a hard version and not a
soft version, because Tachikawa makes those too.
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
I found this nib to be...
, May 9, 2013
I found this nib to be completely useless, it's too hard, catches on paper and
the ink flow isn't that great even after lighting the nib up. Chrome nibs aren't
my thing, you might like it if you have a need for very fine lines with low ink
flow like if you want to ink eyes or that sort of details.