Technical drawing pens were originally designed for engineers and architects. However, their precision, quality, and reliability quickly made them a favorite among artists. The pens are ideal for anything from schematics to sketches: their needle-point tips deliver lines exactly along a ruler’s edge and their richly pigmented inks last for many years.
Note that some manufacturers measure the tip width, while others measure the line produced. This results in some inconsistency in the designated widths. Most metal tips are measured by line produced, and create a finer line than plastic tips of the same measurement.
Comic artists also use technical pens for lettering due to their even line weight and reliable ink flow. While all technical drawing pens are well suited for comics and manga, the Sakura Pigma Micron and
Copic Multiliner pens are the most common choice among comic artists because of their fine line weight and more forgiving plastic tips.
When first using technical drawing pens, a reliable, inexpensive pen is a good place to start. These pens offer a taste of the joy of technical drawing without the commitment of large price tags.
These reusable pens are more durable and economical than their disposable counterparts. While they have a higher upfront cost, individual parts can be replaced or refilled, resulting in a more environmentally-friendly pen in the long term. Minor maintenance may be required from time to time.
For those who aren’t afraid to put in some time and work maintaining a pen, these pens are designed to perform impeccably for many years. Their highly-pigmented inks, reliable quality, and manufacturer warranty make them a favorite among professionals.
The Rapidograph pens come in 14 different tip sizes - more than any other technical drawing pen - allowing for a size for any circumstance. They are excellent for on-site work: durable plastic bodies and screw-on caps protect the tips from damage, while the tips themselves are chrome-plated for extra durability. Though these pens require regular maintenance, they are designed to last a lifetime.
Please note Rotring does not recommend taking apart the tip of the pen as this will void the warranty.
Technical drawing pens require some special care to ensure optimal performance. These simple guidelines will help keep your pens functioning well.
Technical drawing pens are well-loved by artists, engineers, and draftspeople alike for their extreme precision and wide variety of tip sizes. Even with the advent of many computer tools they are still used in a variety of professions. How do you use your technical drawing pens? Tell us in the comments below.
For additional pens, please check out our Graphic Drawing Pens article!
|Pen Name||Tip Sizes||Tip Material / Replacement Available||Ink Filling System / Colors||Refillable|
|Ohto Graphic Liner||6
|Metal / No||Internal / Black||No|
|Sakura Pigma Micron||7
|Plastic / No||Internal / 15||No|
|Copic Multiliner SP||9
|Plastic / Yes||Replaceable Felt Cartridge / 11 (0.3mm only)||Yes|
|Metal / No||Bottle (included) / Black||Yes|
|Metal / Yes||Cartridge / Black||Yes|
|Metal / Yes||Bottle / 4||Yes|
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