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I wish I could give this...
February 3, 2016
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I wish I could give this more stars because I love the thin, thin line of the 0.2mm lead, but it's a little bit too pricey considering the fragility of the mechanical pencil. And yet, I'm about to buy another, so...I've decided the cost is worth it.

I bought two of these, one in white and one in pink. They jam a lot--a LOT, even if you're careful and use a light touch--so disassembling the tiny bits, trying not to lose any parts, poking at teensy holes with the wire from under the eraser, and losing many little pieces of broken lead is the cost of admission. After a fairly small amount of use, the white one (in which I used the softer lead) has jammed irreparably, I think from accumulated damage from previous jams. The pink one, which, I use more often and with a harder lead, is still working fine--knock wood!
I wish I could give this...
February 3, 2016
Verified Purchase
I wish I could give this more stars because I love the thin, thin line of the 0.2mm lead, but it's a little bit too pricey considering the fragility of the mechanical pencil. And yet, I'm about to buy another, so...I've decided the cost is worth it.

I bought two of these, one in white and one in pink. They jam a lot--a LOT--so disassembling the tiny bits, trying not to lose any parts, poking at teensy holes with the wire from under the eraser, and losing many little pieces of broken lead is the cost of admission. After a fairly small amount of use, the white one (in which I used the softer lead) has jammed irreparably, I think from accumulated damage from previous jams. The pink one, which, I use more often and with a harder lead, is still working fine--knock wood!
I just got this so I...
November 17, 2015
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I just got this so I don't know how well it holds up over the long run, but I already love it. It's small--fits in the palm of your hand--but feels very sturdy. It had no trouble cutting clean, smooth rounded corners on 14pt and 15pt cover stock bookmarks with the use of a comfortable amount of pressure. Opening the back to clean out the scraps is simple. Downside: it can only fit 1 bookmark at a time. But this will be great for small quantities, for fancying-up Art Trading Cards, etc.
Except for the pink colour...
September 14, 2015
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Except for the pink colour of the body, this pen is the same as the green Standard Model, so my review is more or less the same. I'm loving this pen for drawing comics. I like a fine, fine line (such as 005 Sakura Pigma Microns), but lately have wanted to get back into brush pens. The ink in holds up under erasing, the nib easily gives varied line width, and the fineness of the nib has held up very well so far. I've tried all the different widths, and I also like the fine and the fine/medium pens, but this size is the best for my work. Aesthetically, I like the green body better for purely subjective reasons. If it ever seems like they're going to discontinue this pen, I'd stock up on them and hope they last for a nice long time.
I'm loving this pen for...
September 11, 2015
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I'm loving this pen for drawing comics. I like a fine, fine line (such as 005 Sakura Pigma Microns), but lately have wanted to get back into brush pens for the comic. The ink in holds up under erasing, the nib easily gives varied line width, and the fineness of the nib has held up very well so far. And, aesthetically, it's an attractive pen to have on the desk. I'll probably stock up on more of them.
An ok pencil while it...
September 11, 2015
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An ok pencil while it lasted, but it snapped at the springy bendy part. Caveat: I used it almost daily for 4 months to put down blue line for inking over, so this was heavy use. I could feel it begin to weaken a couple of weeks ago, then today it was a goner. I have a light touch with pens and pencils, but I did put it through a lot of use in a short amount of time--but my other mechanical pencils without springy middles are still alive and kicking. I guesstimate it'd last maybe a year with "normal" use? And it's not hugely expensive, so that might be enough to get your money's worth if you like the feel of a triangular body.
In spite of good reviews...
August 18, 2015
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In spite of good reviews here and from other artists, I can't recommend these leads the way others have. The colour is fine, the line is smooth and not-too-light/not-too-dark, though its waxiness makes it too shiny to see if the light/glare hits the paper wrong. The line erases completely with a Pentel Ain Hi-Polymer eraser. But the leads are fragile. I have a light touch, and I've tried them in several mechanical pencils, but at the end of a drawing session my lap looks like I've been eating a cupcake with blue sprinkles. I'm soldiering on with these until I find something better.
Liked it when I first...
July 8, 2015
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Liked it when I first got it--90% of the time the Kuretake pens are terrific. But it seems to be a pen you have to use quickly: the ink leaked into the cap and the inside of the pen after a little while of keeping it in a pen case, after which it was dried out and unusable (but, fortunately, did not leak at all outside the cap). Probably would have had a better outcome if I had stored it upright, but I'm often on the move with my pens.

I have other pens that leaked into their caps in storage but still carried on writing after minimal cleaning. This one is so inexpensive, I was considering trying it again or trying a refill, but the one I have is such an inky mess, and there are so many other good pens, I decided that it's not worth it.
Stopped functioning soon...
January 30, 2015
Stopped functioning soon after I got it. Every now and then I pull it out and think maybe this time I can get it working again. I never can.

I hear complaints here and there about its unreliability. Maybe it's only this particular size. But I feel I need to warn people away from it, especially consider its cost.
Unlike everything I've...
December 29, 2014
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Unlike everything I've heard about these highlighters, I find the Mild Gray to be very dark--and a much darker effect than in the product photos. A bad batch? A change in formula?
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