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I just put one nib in...
, July 23, 2011
I just put one nib in some freshly squeezed lime juice, boiled some water with a
small amount of dish soap, dropped it in for a little pulled it out(without
putting my fingers on it at all) and dried it with a paper towel. after which I
put it on my nib holder using the paper towel licked it and let it dry, all
without putting any of my skin oils on the nib, and it works just fine. it picks
up ink like it's no ones business
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Zebra G-Pen, by far the...
, August 7, 2011
Zebra G-Pen, by far the most popular of the G-Pen Nibs used in Japan. Is this
just hype or is there a valid rason as to why the popularity of the Zebra G
deserves the hype? When the nib is fresh out of the box, it has a distinctive
hard,stiff touch comparible to that of the Tachikawa. Unlike the Tachikawa,
however, this nib makes a far more variety of lines compared to that nib and
despite the hard feeling, it doesn't feel stiff at all. The hardness is also a
very good indicator that it is still very good to use, and also allows the
finest lines that this G-Pen can make, similar to that of the MaruPen, however a
little thicker than what Type A Hard-type Maru-Pen can make, but still at a
satisfying thinness. As the pen gets used up, the stiffness disappears,
indicating that the pen has a little more freedom in making varied lines a
little easier but gradually loses the ability to make the Maru-Pen like thin
lines, however it can still make thin lines when it is at a "medium used" stage.
By this time the pen can be able to express thick lines much better and switch
between variation with ease. I have also noticed that this pen can be used for a
very long time, especially if you're using a strong waterproof ink like Kaimei
Lettering Sol or Kuretake Manga Ink, if you constantly wipe the ink off with a
solution or water. Awesome use-span! Let's say that it can last for a good 20
-30 pages if taken care of properly. In closing, the Zebra G-Pen is by far one
of the best pens to use out there, especially if you're doing a manga and
calligraphy, this pen is a must. It also pairs up with any ink, whether black or
colored,waterproof or water-soluble, perfectly.
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Love this nib. It makes...
, December 29, 2010
Love this nib. It makes the thinnest lines possible with just skimming the paper
and can also make thick lines. Holds a lot of ink. Perfect for manga artists.
I'm giving up my Speedball nibs for these.
On a side note: When I got these, I was stupidly eager and went ahead and
prepared all of them for usage (getting off the wax). It never occurred to me
that I'm never going to go through 10 nibs soon and that it can possible rust
form storage. Just prepare the ones you are going to use.
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I’ve tried many different...
, December 27, 2011
I’ve tried many different types of nibs for drawing and I really like these a
lot, they have a great amount of flexibility and line variation they also hold a
decent amount of ink. The other G nibs I’ve tried are nice as well but I
prefer the Zebra ones they seem to retain their ability to do very fine line for
longer than the other types I’ve tried. If you’re interested in inking or
comics or cartooning I’d recommend give these a shot.
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By far the Zebra G is...
, October 20, 2013
By far the Zebra G is the best for flexibility of producing very fine and thick
lines. Then followed by Nikko G (stiffer nib, produces fine lines but not as
flexible as the Zebra), then the Tachkawa G (falls between the Nikko G and Zebra
G) for pointed pen calligraphy work. Calligraphers, penmen and Master Penmen
alike recommend this nib and call it a "workhorse" of a nib. They suggest
initial treatment to the nib (to remove the protective sheen on the nib) by
either running the bottom of the nib under a lit match for 3 seconds; or use
liquid gum arabic to wipe the nib or rub it with some toothpaste and rinse. Any
of these techniques will work before dipping the nib into ink. Hope this helps!