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Disappointing! I decided...
, July 28, 2011
Disappointing! I decided to try this out, thinking that many of the complaints
would be user error, but no matter how I experimented with it, I couldn't get it
to work in a way that was useful. Plenty of correction fluid comes out when I
press gently, but it comes out somewhat erratically -- it takes a moment to
start, then gives a thick blob of white-out, then thins out a bit, difficult to
maintain a steady flow. It's also very thick, raised quite a bit from the
surface. As others mentioned, using this pen WILL dent the surface of standard
sketchbook paper -- in order for the white-out to flow, you have to use enough
pressure to push the little ball tip back into the pen, and even before the
pressure is great enough for fluid to emerge, it dents the paper. The tip also
clogs after each use, requiring cleaning between uses, sometimes midway
Application challenges aside, the greatest problem with this pen is the
correction fluid itself, which really reduces this pen to junk for me. I might
have been able to use it for whiting out larger areas in drawings, but
unfortunately, once dry, the semi-gloss white-out fluid DOESN'T TAKE INK. All
of the pens I tried -- including ball-points, Pilot Pocket brush pen, Zebra sign
pens, and others -- would bead up on the surface, some barely leaving a line at
all. The beaded ink on top of the white-out doesn't seem to dry, smearing and
wiping right off even after 20+ minutes. Totally unusable.
I also purchased the Uni-Ball Signo to use as a correction pen. In contrast,
the Signo covered black ink lines cleanly, dried slightly more matte, remained
much flatter on the surface, and after dry, took ink well from all of the pens
that I tried. It didn't cover *quite* as opaquely white, but it's easy to go
over thinner spots a second time with this one. The one real advantage of the
Whitia over the Signo is that the Whitia is water-proof, while the Signo will
come off with water.
Regardless, I highly recommend the Signo over the Whitia. It's cheaper, too.
If anyone knows of a white pen as usable as the Signo but also waterproof -- I'm