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Once I matched this to...
September 17, 2016
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Once I matched this to the right sharpener (a cheap, simple little metal Kum), it stopped breaking off and being devoured by sharpening (by fancier, gimmicky sharpeners). It keeps a good point now and works perfectly for precise copywriting/proofreading markup. It erases absolutely cleanly from ordinary laser printer and copy paper using the Pentel Ain Black eraser. I'm stocking up on more.
I've been blaming my...
September 17, 2016
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I've been blaming my pencils for breaking easily when sharpened, but after trying several brands and types of pencils over several days' work, sorry to say it but I'm now sure it's this sharpener that's at fault. I'm wasting pencils trying to stick with it--I'll have to dig out one of my old, cheap, and better sharpeners.
I've three of these for...
August 29, 2016
I've three of these for several years and use them for keeping all pencils of the same type or brand together. The fabric and construction are sturdy and hold up well over time. Of course, they get a bit bulky when full. A long, sharpened pencil that isn't tucked firmly inside the roll might lose its point, but that could happen with any pencil roll case, and that's been the only downside. It's not as "pretty" as some of the fancier fabric roll cases, but I prefer this for practical ease of storage and use.
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It's a pretty dark version...
August 25, 2016
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It's a pretty dark version of a cobalt blue. As just a marker, it's all right. The tip is good for both fine lines and wider/varied-with strokes. When it comes to working with water, I had much better luck with the Silver Gray. With the Light Blue, the pigment separates into an intractable purple and a more workable sky blue.

These are inexpensive enough that I'd experiment with other colours if I have gaps in my brush pen needs, but I found the performance of this particular colour to be only so-so.
To quote an earlier positive...
August 25, 2016
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To quote an earlier positive review, because it sums up my feelings exactly: "Amazing pen: perfect light color for sketching pre-darker inking. The shade and tip are present enough to define lines while also being light enough to not distract from a final inked image." I've also found, on the papers I've tried so far, I can draw over pencil lines and erase them, leaving only the light grey sketch for inking over; and also, with careful application of a water brush I can either blend the grey sketch lines into subtle shading or lift them off completely. The tip is fine and sturdy enough for delicately thin lines, or can be used to create thicker or varied-width brushstrokes.

I've had less luck building up layers of shading just using the pen "dry," but I'm looking forward to more experiments with it. I think it'll be a great asset for preliminary sketching.
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Too soft for me--chewed...
July 20, 2016
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Too soft for me--chewed right through one of them in a week. On the plus side, they erase fairly well (I'm currently using the white Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain), and I had no trouble laying ink down over my sketches. I give these pencils a middle-of-the-road rating. If you don't mind the cost, I think they're worth trying, to see if they work for you.
Excellent for proofreading...
July 19, 2016
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Excellent for proofreading and copyediting work, for flagging places in a printout with corrections. They're less bulky than paper Post-it notes, they stick much better, and they don't crinkle up. Also, I can colour-code by type of correction (author query, design note, etc. etc.).

Packs of individual colours would be much more useful, though. With only 10 of each, I go through them very quickly. But I still find these a good buy and prefer their size and level of stickiness (and ease to remove and reposition) over other brands.
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Bad experience with this...
July 15, 2016
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Bad experience with this one. It feels a bit flimsy, isn't doing a good job of sharpening, and tends to snap off the points. It's going in the drawer and staying there.
It was OK. It worked...
April 23, 2016
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It was OK. It worked well for me for a little while, then thickened into a solid. I may have given up on it too soon--I tossed it instead of trying to reconstitute it with water. So that was a waste of money (even though it did make a very satisfying "thunk" in the bottom of the trash bin).

When it worked, it was good for fixing very minute details (a lot of my art is itty bitty). The bottle began to dry out pretty quickly, and soon it was too blobby and flaky to handle those tiny details; then it became an unusable glob. I'm debating whether to try it again and try the water fix when it dries out, but, to be honest, I'd like to find something that works straight out of the bottle for a longer stretch of time so I don't have to think about it.

The brush was rubbish, as other reviewers have said. The hairs very quickly become clotted and twisted, no matter how much care you take with it. But that's par for the course, so just be prepared to have another brush along to use.
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!
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