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Uni-ball Signo Bit UM-201 Gel Ink Pen - 0.18 mm - Black - UNI UM-201-18.24
  This pen is not for everyone,..., July 19, 2012
This pen is not for everyone, but I love to draw with it. I use it to lay down my first reference lines in my pen and ink portraits. I also use it for very light cross hatched shading. It is as think as a very thin Rapidograph. I prefer to take this out with me sketching than the Rapidograph because if it breaks or is stolen I'm not losing a $15 pen.

I'd like a thicker more comfortable body for this pen. The body and grip area are very thin so I find myself reaching for thicker pens. I keep trying to jam this into other pen bodies, eventually i'll find a thicker one that it fits into.

If you are looking for a pen that will be good fro sketching out in the wild and don't want to take your more expensive rapidograph with you, this is a great pen to do it. The ink is a nice cool black, and different from the other Uniball micro tip pens but like the rest absolutely waterproof when dry. It also dries VERY fast.

I love this pen so much I just bought 3 refills for it.
E+M Cube 5.5 mm Lead Sharpener - Mahogany - E+M 2881-3
  Stick to lead! I love..., May 30, 2012
Stick to lead!
I love the little cube shape and color of this sharpener. I plugged it up sharpening a oil sanguine lead, wish I'd read the other review here first. But some smashing it on a hard surface cleaned the clog out quickly. After that I've used it with dry leads only and it has worked well since then.

This creates a a very durable short squat point. It's great as part of a sketching kit.
E+M Peanpole Wood Pencil Extender - Red - E+M FSC 1155-21
  Sturdy and functional! I..., May 30, 2012
Sturdy and functional!
I love the bright colors E+M offer on their pencil products. The peanpole (heh) is no exception. It's well made and very sturdy. It accepts a wide variety of pencils- from my Palomino, Staedtler, and other drawing pencils. No matter how small a nubbin of pencil you have left it holds them securely in it's metal jaws and yet doesn't scar the wood.

I think the E+M peanpole (heh) is a better value than the General's version (which is nearly identical) because it is better made.
Kuretake No. 8 Fountain Brush Pen - KURETAKE DP150-8B
  I love this brush pen..., May 30, 2012
I love this brush pen for sketching.
It's size is just a tad too long to easily fit into my sketching set, so I usually leave it at home. However, it's a great brush pen. the point is nearly perfect for sketching and comes back to a nice fine point after applying a broad swath of ink to the page.
A great first brush pen that will get you addicted to the style.
Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen - White Ink - UNI UM153.1
  Best white pen for Art..., May 30, 2012
Best white pen for Art Journaling!
I use this pen for art journaling. It writes over anything I use in my art journal, watercolor, acrylic paint, ink etc... It leaves a nice opaque white line that shows up. Great pen, reliable.
Platinum Pro-Use I 05 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PLATINUM MSD-1000B
  Great pencil. I have..., May 30, 2012
Great pencil.
I have 3 mechanical drafting style pencils. I alternate between using them all. This has slick good looks and a light weight body. I was surprised at how light weight it was right out of the package. It's fantastic for using with my sketch set because it is so light weight.

It's also very comfortable to use in a variety of grips, from standard tripod grip to overhand grip. I really like the fat clicker on the end and that it gives a satisfying *Click* when pressed. The fact that the lad designation stays put is great too, especially as I fill my pencils with a variety of leads, from H to 4B, reliably know what I put in my pencil last is really nice.

Overall a great pencil, well worth the price.
Kuretake Waterbrush - Petit Set - KURETAKE KG205-80
  Great inexpensive set! This..., May 30, 2012
Great inexpensive set!
This water brush works great. The waterbottle holds plenty of water for a day of sketching with watercolors. This set will fit in event he smallest watercolor sets and pairs well with my mini mint tin DIY watercolor sets.

The brush holds a point well and is hidden inside the handle for travel. Easy and convenient.
Platinum Preppy Fluorescent Highlighter Pen - Yellow - PLATINUM CSCQ-150 30
  These highlighters are..., May 30, 2012
These highlighters are awesome.
First point of awesomeness: they are refillable
second point of awesomeness: You can replace the tips
third point of awesomeness to complete the trifecta of awesome: They can be turned into an eyedropper fill and the ENTIRE body of the pen can be filled with ink. (Jetpens has a tutorial on this.)

My partner used 3 of these and 2 bottles of ink for her last year and a half of law school instead of going through 4 dozen regular highlighters. We spent close to $75 on highlighters in her first year and a half. After I discovered these we spent about $25.

We liked them so much that I now have one on my desk for my job, and she's still using them at the Court House as a Clerk. We replace them as the attorneys steal them.
Pelikan Pelikano Fountain Pen P460M - Medium Nib - Blue Body - PELIKAN 926733
  this pen is easily converted..., May 30, 2012
this pen is easily converted to eyedropper with some E6000 glue in the vent holes at the end of the body and some silicone grease on the threads. It writes a wet medium line that is great for sketching. Truly one of the best sketching pens out there. It responded well to any ink and was never scratchy, just smooth. The translucent barrel allows for easy viewing of the ink inside.

The pen is also super sturdy. I let it bang around in my bag and it never leaked, blobbed or cracked. I enjoyed this fool proof open so much I gifted one to a friend. she also loves it.

A great pen for the budding sketch artist.
J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Rouge Hematite - J. HERBIN H150-26
  I really like the color..., May 30, 2012
I really like the color of this red. When it's first applied to the page it's the color of blood and as it dries it gets a few shades darker and in certain lights, the edges of the writing are gold. This effect is best shown off in a broad wet writing pen or a calligraphy pen. I currently have it in my Pelikan GO! pen. I've also used it to great effect with a watercolor brush.

The bottle is decorative enough to leave on a desk top.

This is a great ink color that I thoroughly enjoy both writing and drawing with.
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