Holy. Cow. My new favorite...
February 23, 2012
Holy. Cow. My new favorite pen. I have been using the Linemarkers in the 0.3 and
0.5 sizes for a few weeks (which are also great), but I just got this in the
mail, and I cannot contain my enthusiasm for how much I love this one! I am
drawing at the time of writing this, and I keep stopping to admire the line and
the pen itself! I have to disagree with the previous review about the lack of
difference between point sizes on the 0.1 and 0.3 (honestly, I feel the size
difference between the 0.3 and 0.5 is where the difference is least
These pens come with two cartridges of black waterproof ink. On cheap paper
(which I really like unfortunately) sometimes the tines of these pens can catch
some fibers which might cause skipping, which is easily remedied by a tissue. On
cheaper or lighter weight paper, I also avoid wet-ink areas or filling blacks to
avoid the clogging. I suppose they prefer a very smooth and thick paper, like
hot-press bristol. These pens take a little experimenting to get used to; they
don't appreciate hard pressure! It's better to press lightly, as if using a
brush to get the best line quality and to avoid clogging the tines, which are
not flexible, at least not by much.
I have not had the chance to refill any of my LMs, but I am cautious to heed the
frequent use warning! There is a little fiber pad inside that feeds the ink, and
understandably if this dries with waterproof ink...it's bricked! I left one
uncapped for a half hour and had a panic attack...
The ink is waterproof, but a little slow to completely dry. It dries fairly
quickly once applied, but in some areas where ink likes to collect on a line
(the start and stop) might not completely dry as quickly. I also avoid erasing
or rubbing for a few minutes, because it can smear. This again could be due to
my absorbent cheap paper...but once dry, it's heavily dark and doesn't bleed or
feather (20-24lb printer/bond paper).
I first encountered these pens in France in a shop window and was in love at
first sight. I was incredibly pleased to find that JetPens stocked them once I
returned...I wanted a fountain-style pen that would handle waterproof ink for
art and they fit the bill perfectly. I am glad I took a leap to try this size.
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