Product Reviews Written by Caldern

Product Reviews Written by Caldern

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I'm really torn on this...
January 15, 2015
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I'm really torn on this set. It gains a star for execution and appearance. I've wanted a set like this for a while, and having a carry case is a huge plus. Maybe it's me, but the simple half circle protractors seem hard to find...

Maybe it's my set? But it REEKS of plastic. The packaging says most of the rulers are actually PVC which might be the problem? But I pull the case from my supply drawer and it smells. Opening the case is even worse. All the black rulers have this smell. Doubly the black/white opaque "paint" on the back, the material that all the measure hatches are made with, are tacky. They're actually sticky! I'm not sure if there's some really odd reaction/decay going on in my set, but the little name stickers were also completely stuck to the backside of one of the rulers and it now has the sticker-paper stuck and embedded into that opaque paint.

I'm kind of annoyed. I love the size of the case and the items in it, but I don't even want to use them because they smell so strong and feel awful to even touch. I don't want to throw them away, but I don't know if it's worth the trouble to return them unfortunately...
Holy. Cow. My new favorite...
February 23, 2012
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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 discernible).

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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This is a great eraser....
August 17, 2011
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This is a great eraser. I have no idea how other reviewers run out of it so quickly. I use mine every time I draw, and I've only replaced the eraser one or two times (I've had mine for 3+ years). It's easy to refill, use, and store or carry around. I bought one as a gift for another artist and they swear by its irreplaceability! This is NOT for erasing large areas, obviously. You want this for very fine detail work, in which it will never fail.
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