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Reviews Written by carolyne

January 3, 2012
Lasted two extremely...
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Lasted two extremely brief uses then the ink flow stopped, and I haven't been able to revive it. I see that other people have had the same problem with this line of pens. Too unreliable.

 
October 11, 2011
Mine got leaky after...
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Mine got leaky after I took it on an international flight, but I had no complaints beforehand. I like its flexibility from super-fine to a thicker brush stroke, and enjoy it enormously for comic drawing. I also own it in black ink--and use them both just as pens, not as refills. On their own, they are a bit slender and require a delicate hand.

 
May 2, 2011
I picked this up for...
I picked this up for lettering work, but, except for larger lettering, I think I'll prefer this for drawing. I usually like a more fine and precise line and a drier pen, but pair this pen with a smooth paper (like Rhodia) and it's great fun for fast doodles. The variation in line width from moderately fine to rather thick gives a lot of dynamism with a light tough. After minimal drying time, it handles erasing of underlying pencil lines well (if you don't go overboard scrubbing at it with the eraser). I don't necessarily find this ink to be blacker than any other similar pen. I haven't used it long enough to know how it'll hold up in the long run, so I can't give it a 5 out of 5. But for a loose, free style of drawing, I recommend this one a lot.

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April 1, 2011
In spite of the previous...
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In spite of the previous bad review, I had heard so many good things about this ink being "bold and black," I had to try it for myself. It's an incredibly smooth-writing ink. After using the same nib awhile, I could write about four lines of rapid cursive on a single good dip. And it has an oddly floral scent. But it's not an "intense" black in any sense of the word, on either a smooth or a toothy paper, and even a very wet line is no darker than charcoal grey. I'm almost tempted to buy a bottle from another source to see if it's any blacker. I'll be interested to see if this ink darkens over time the way Diamine Registrar's ink goes from blue-black to black. I'll try to remember to amend my review if, in a week or two, I have a page of rich black writing instead of the dark grey it is now. It gets extra points in my rating for its history and reputation for being long lasting, because I like that sort of thing.

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March 25, 2011
What can be a negative...
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What can be a negative for some users I find a positive with this pen, so it comes down to what you prefer. The ink is not a rich black--not really grey, but veering in that direction. I suppose you could say charcoal. On both the smooth paper (Clairefontaine) and slightly rough paper (Kokuyo Campus Word Cards) I've tried it on so far, it has a pencil-like scratchiness, with a lot of tactile feedback that I really enjoy. Handled lightly, you can get both a wet line and and lighter, rough-pencil line, and I'm enjoying it a lot for drawing. At a very quick test, the ink seems waterproof after drying.

I haven't used it enough yet to encounter any issues with drying out, but I'm usually pretty fanatical about putting caps back on even if I'm only pausing for a little while. If the ink supply lasts through a reasonable amount of use, I could see stocking up on a few more of these and keeping them around for when I'm in the mood for sketching. I don't see this as a pen for writing, but for having such an interesting feel while drawing, I'll bump it up from 3 stars to 4.

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March 5, 2011
I bought this for testing...
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I bought this for testing fountain pen ink samples. There's a knack to learning how to angle and rotate this pen and load it with ink, but if you're having trouble with ink flow, or with getting more than a sentence out of it, it might not be the fault of the pen or how you're using it--it might be the ink. I'm finding that some inks just will not work at all with this type of pen. Not surprisingly, since it's a J. Herbin pen, the J. Herbin Perle Noire ink writes smoothly and for a full paragraph from a single thorough dip. So far, Diamine Poppy Red ink flows well with it too (but not Registrar's Blue-Black, which won't even start). The Noodler's inks vary: Widowmaker was not completely hopeless, some of the others would give me a few words, but the V-Mail inks would not play with this pen at all. The Noodler's inks left particles in this pens' spiralling grooves.

Other than that, it's slender and a little short, but has a solid, comfortable weight. Mine is more pale orange than deep amber, but it's such an attractive pen, I don't mind. With the right ink, it's inspiring to write with something this lovely. Makes me feel classy, ya'know?

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March 1, 2011
I ordered about 15 different...
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I ordered about 15 different pens for my mother, who does a lot of writing and bookkeeping at an office and a lot of crosswords at home--and who loses pens frequently, so she appreciated having a big new supply. There were a variety of Pilots, Pentels, Uni-balls, and Zebras. Of all the choices, the size and ink colour of this one have made it her favourite. Since it's brown, she wouldn't use it for check-writing or bookkeeping, but for a relaxing evening with a puzzle, apparently this is comfortable in the hand and easy on the eyes.

 
February 22, 2011
I love the line and modest...
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I love the line and modest width variation of this pen (from somewhat thin to not-too-thick), it handles well, and it would be beautiful for medium to larger drawings--BUT for two problems. It does dry out quickly on a longer stroke, and at the wet end of the stroke the ink seeps into and spreads out on every paper I normally use. Not hugely, but too much blur for a small or fine-line drawing. My Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen (hard) needs to air out a bit before use (it always comes out of the cap wet and sloppy, then after a few seconds is great), but so far that hasn't been a fix for using the Pilot. Maybe the trick is to use this nice tip with a different ink if that's possible.

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December 29, 2010
For drawing, I find this...
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For drawing, I find this pen a little too lacking variation (for a brush pen, that is) and a little too dry on long strokes.

But for comic lettering, this is my current go-to pen, with just the right variation for Roman letters.

 
December 16, 2010
I agree on the love for...
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I agree on the love for this case. I'm hoping the other colours restock soon so I can justify getting another one... or two... or more.

When the case is full, it maintains the nice-looking box shape when zipped, which is a great shape for tossing into a big bag then finding easily. Open on the desk, it forms an adequate little tray, though of course I have to dig around to find the pens on the bottom. The dark outside fabric looks like it will hold up to dirt fairly well.

12 "regular size" pens, three broad Copic sketch markers, and three cases of pencil leads is getting close to the limit of what will comfortably zip up inside, though I could probably fit a couple more slender pens and probably some little erasers in there too if I'm feeling motivated. I haven't had time yet to put this through my usual harsh treatment of my pretty things (I'm hard on bags of all sorts), but this pretty thing is so perfect for my needs, I'll probably be very careful with it.

Aesthetically, the design just makes me happy to draw.