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
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 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.
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.