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 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.
Cute washi, but the scalloped edges are so wrinkled/crushed, they don't stick.
The roll came in a box, not just a plastic wrapper, so I'm surprised at the
condition and would have to blame the manufacturer. I would be cautious about
buying any other washi with "nami nami" wavy edges.
This pen didn't work out at all. The ink comes out blobby and with an
inconsistent line--sometimes very thick, sometimes super-thin, only occasionally
as I'd expect a 0.38 tip to behave. I wouldn't try this one again :(
Not sure whether it's this model pen, or the individual pen I received, but this
performs extremely poorly. It's difficult to get it started writing, then either
there's barely any ink flow and a lot of skipping, or the ink comes out blotchy
with thick flow. Not a good micro point pen. A major disappointment.
A very smooth writer with a very fine line. And beautiful to look at. (Note that
I write with a very light hand, so the tiny point is plenty sturdy enough for
me.) The hotel-style crest is maybe a little silly, but it plus the faceted cap
(which posts aesthetically) plus the overall style just makes it nicer than the
average pen to have lying around on the desk or whip out for note-taking in
Contrary to the other reviews, I'm having a terrible experience with this pen.
I've cleaned it, changed inks, and it still writes "dry" to the point of not
writing at all unless I scribble a bit with it to get it started--not only every
time I uncap it, but sometimes every time I pause a bit to move down to the next
line. I purchased it as a gift, and I'm glad I decided to load the cartridge and
check it out before giving it.
I'll give it one more try with the wettest inks I have before I declare it
completely defective, but after fussing with it for two days, I'm not sure it's
worth spending a lot more time on this pen.