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Product Reviews Written by jdieud

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These water brushes arrive...
January 6, 2015
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These water brushes arrive by way of Japan and are quite ingenious. Traveling with a sketchbook, a small pan of cake watercolor and this brush means you are always primed for creativity.
Cake watercolor pans are recommended because the brush picks up color rather than soaks up color. And keeping this in mind it takes very small amounts of water to pick up sufficient medium. It also does away with a container for wash water because the brush is simply cleansed by wiping on a paper towel, napkin or blue jeans. One is cautioned not to squeeze out water to make broad washes for sky or landscape. This is rather a tool for working in close with details.
Designed originally for use with watercolor pencils, it excels in this application. Of great value to the artist is the ability of the brush material to snap back to a sharp point and to maintain this under prolonged use.
The brush of course has limitations but the trade-offs in convenience and availability in the field make up for many of them.
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This is an inexpensive...
January 6, 2015
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This is an inexpensive pen, not a cheap one.
It is well crafted from quality recycled materials and functions according to design as a reliable and efficient graphics tool. Although robust the pen still should be respected in handling and use. Mistreatment will shorten the life and possibly crack the cap if forced. All remarks apply to the medium (0.5 mm), fine (0.3 mm) and extra fine (0.2 mm) nib sizes.
Correspondence and drawing grips (posted) are comfortable and the nib is sturdy but responsive under normal fountain pen pressure. The steel point has a perceptible tactile feedback making writing and drawing a sensual pleasure for the user.
Nonproprietary cartridges are accepted and a pen converter permits bottled inks. Conversion to an eyedropper fill is easy and fast. Available ink supply is always visible through the transparent handle.
Dye-based (Noodler's Heart of Darkness) and pigmented inks (Platinum Carbon Ink) flow well without clogging, skipping or corrosion. A minimal piece-count and no moving parts makes for trouble-free operation. The special construction of the cap ensures that ink will flow quickly even after the capped pen has been unused for days. Naturally this feature prevents the pen from drying out. Each cap has an integral clip strong enough to keep the pen secured in pocket or notebook. Manufacturing tolerances are close so everything fits together tightly with no leakage.
Cursive handwriting is smooth and drawing strokes are crisp and concise even when laid down at speed.

The point size is stamped on the end of the cap. It is more efficient to slip a piece of paper with the size (and ink color) into the space between the cartridge and the end of the transparent handle. This little trick will let you pick up the desired pen at a glance without searching through caps of the same color.

Price and quality of this pen makes it excellent for everyday carry by students, journal writers, artists and anyone who enjoys the fluid line of a fountain pen.
This is an inexpensive...
January 6, 2015
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This is an inexpensive pen, not a cheap one.
It is well crafted from quality recycled materials and functions according to design as a reliable and efficient graphics tool. Although robust the pen still should be respected in handling and use. Mistreatment will shorten the life and possibly crack the cap if forced. All remarks apply to the medium (0.5 mm), fine (0.3 mm) and extra fine (0.2 mm) nib sizes.
Correspondence and drawing grips (posted) are comfortable and the nib is sturdy but responsive under normal fountain pen pressure. The steel point has a perceptible tactile feedback making writing and drawing a sensual pleasure for the user.
Nonproprietary cartridges are accepted and a pen converter permits bottled inks. Conversion to an eyedropper fill is easy and fast. Available ink supply is always visible through the transparent handle.
Dye-based (Noodler's Heart of Darkness) and pigmented inks (Platinum Carbon Ink) flow well without clogging, skipping or corrosion. A minimal piece-count and no moving parts makes for trouble-free operation. The special construction of the cap ensures that ink will flow quickly even after the capped pen has been unused for days. Naturally this feature prevents the pen from drying out. Each cap has an integral clip strong enough to keep the pen secured in pocket or notebook. Manufacturing tolerances are close so everything fits together tightly with no leakage.
Cursive handwriting is smooth and drawing strokes are crisp and concise even when laid down at speed.

The point size is stamped on the end of the cap. It is more efficient to slip a piece of paper with the size (and ink color) into the space between the cartridge and the end of the transparent handle. This little trick will let you pick up the desired pen at a glance without searching through caps of the same color.

Price and quality of this pen makes it excellent for everyday carry by students, journal writers, artists and anyone who enjoys the fluid line of a fountain pen.
This is an inexpensive...
January 6, 2015
Verified Purchase


This is an inexpensive pen, not a cheap one.
It is well crafted from quality recycled materials and functions according to design as a reliable and efficient graphics tool. Although robust the pen still should be respected in handling and use. Mistreatment will shorten the life and possibly crack the cap if forced. All remarks apply to the medium (0.5 mm), fine (0.3 mm) and extra fine (0.2 mm) nib sizes.
Correspondence and drawing grips (posted) are comfortable and the nib is sturdy but responsive under normal fountain pen pressure. The steel point has a perceptible tactile feedback making writing and drawing a sensual pleasure for the user.
Nonproprietary cartridges are accepted and a pen converter permits bottled inks. Conversion to an eyedropper fill is easy and fast. Available ink supply is always visible through the transparent handle.
Dye-based (Noodler's Heart of Darkness) and pigmented inks (Platinum Carbon Ink) flow well without clogging, skipping or corrosion. A minimal piece-count and no moving parts makes for trouble-free operation. The special construction of the cap ensures that ink will flow quickly even after the capped pen has been unused for days. Naturally this feature prevents the pen from drying out. Each cap has an integral clip strong enough to keep the pen secured in pocket or notebook. Manufacturing tolerances are close so everything fits together tightly with no leakage.
Cursive handwriting is smooth and drawing strokes are crisp and concise even when laid down at speed.

The point size is stamped on the end of the cap. It is more efficient to slip a piece of paper with the size (and ink color) into the space between the cartridge and the end of the transparent handle. This little trick will let you pick up the desired pen at a glance without searching through caps of the same color.

Price and quality of this pen makes it excellent for everyday carry by students, journal writers, artists and anyone who enjoys the fluid line of a fountain pen.
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Combined all of these...
January 1, 2015
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Combined all of these reviews list all of the good points but none of them include one important point for artists. The gray is a WARM gray excellent for comps, renderings and storyboards.
This review addresses...
March 16, 2014
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This review addresses some characteristics not expanded in the excellent and comprehensive posting here ("Try this paper just ..."). Writing applications are very well covered there. This is for those who need more information for their paper projects other than correspondence.
This medium is surprisingly brawny for such a thin paper. It stands up well to wet media (transparent watercolors, brushed inks), paper mechanics (origami, pop-up pagination, envelopes, Japanese fans and lanterns), and one-off prints (linoleum block, rubber stamp) for tipping-in by custom book makers. Wet media pucker occurs but relaxes when the medium dries, returning to a flat and dimensionally stable condition.
The paper does not dilute black into a gray by absorption resulting in an extremely pleasing contrast ratio. There is a high fidelity of wet and dry colors on this white. The high contrast between black and white makes this a perfect vehicle for any reproducible need. Very thin for intricate pin-point accuracy with swivel cutters. Minimum amounts of feathering and bleed through makes this paper wonderfully receptive to extreme detail in printing and manual artwork (specifically pen and ink).
The surface can be reworked after ink-jet printing and heat does not seem to change the texture or media acceptance.
Extremely resilient under repeated back-and-forth creasing (does not tear but hinges, instead).
Archival characteristics are unknown but this paper is impressively versatile for everyday use by artisans.
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