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Reviews Written by betolung

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Uni Brush Pen Set - Gray Fine & Broad Tip - UNI KFK-501
  Nice addition to a sketching..., January 30, 2014
Nice addition to a sketching kit for doodling and inking penciled drawings. I really like the hard carrying case of this Uni Brush Pen Set (KFK-501), for its three slender elegant brush pens are always protected, ready for use, and neatly organized. The translucent pen caps can be posted on the opposite end of each pen when in-use, and they close tightly once each pen is back in its case slot. The round bumps near the end of each pen snap into the round holes at the top of the pen case, so the brush pens are locked securely in place and will not fall out even if you shake the case or hold it upside down. I noticed that the fine brush pen tends to yield a bit of a dry-brush effect if you draw too fast with it. The gray pen could be use for shading and adding another dimension to your ink drawings. I find the the pens' minimalist design quite appealing already, and I was quite pleased to discover that they still managed to include a subtle "Japan" and "Mitsubishi" in raised molded lettering near the identifying nib size ring on the end of each barrel.
Uni Mitsubishi Double-Sided Brush Pen - Fine / Bold - UNI PFK302N
  Great addition to a sketching..., January 29, 2014
Great addition to a sketching kit for free hand doodling and inking penciled sketches. Made some quick doodles and let them dry overnight before testing its resistance to water. The dried sketches were not affected by a stream of running tap water in the slightest, so I am pretty confident that this tool will work well with watercolors and other watrer based media. I used both sides of the dual brush pen, and noticed that you can post the cap of one end on top of the other for convenience (less chance of losing a pen cap). The fine felt tip is a bit more rigid and affords more control when making tight drawings. The broad flexible felt nib naturally yields bolder strokes and you can vary the line thickness with a light touch. Nice addition to a brush pen collection.
Iwako Safari Animal Novelty Eraser - 8 Piece Set - IWAKO ER-BRI025
  This set is awesome and..., October 8, 2013
This set is awesome and a great value for 8 erasing pieces (7 animals and the tree stump). My nephews have enjoyed playing with them quite a bit: turning their heads, switching them, taking them apart and putting them back together. Even got to finally test their erasing power with the stem side of a head piece. Yes they can erase graphite marks, but they function better as travel toys, desk decorations, and drawing reference models.
Staedtler Pencil Holder - Silver - STAEDTLER 900 25
   It was love at first..., October 6, 2012
It was love at first sight when I first spotted this neat pencil accessory in a Pencil Talk post a few years back, so I was quite pleased to finally find it stateside. In addition to working both as a pencil stub extender and a pencil point protector, it features an extendable twist-advance cap eraser, pocket clip, and lead degree indicator (covering the range from from 2H to 4B including F). Users of premium and vintage wooden pencils would likely find this stylish tool quite pleasing to hold and effective in handling stubs 3-4" in length. It features a matte silver finish, and its brand and degree markings are subtly etched in a glossy shinier finish. The pencil stub is easily secured by tightening the lightly textured grip around it. Its tooth provides a firm grip without being excessively abrasive like the knurled metal grips of many leadholders. Highly recommended.
Maruzen Art Lead Holder + Sharpener Cap - 3 mm - Moss Green Body - MARUZEN 580
  I can not think of any..., August 15, 2012
I can not think of any 3.0 mm lead holder options (not including the 3.15 mm clutch pencil size) other than the Caran D'Ache Fixpencil 3 as readily available in the market these days. Thus I couldn't pass the opportunity to try this Maruzen Art pencil, and add it to my collection of sketching tools. Given the greater resistance against breakage of wider leads, 3.0 mm is a good choice for heavy handed users that tend to snap off pieces from 2 mm and smaller diameter leads. Since I usually remove them, I do not mind the absence of a pocket clip. Yet with its compact dimensions, it can fit easily within most pockets or pencil case. Just be careful with it since it has a tendency to roll off inclined surfaces. Sleek and comfortable, I have enjoyed doodling and shading with it for the past couple of days during classroom demonstrations. It is easy to lay down thick strokes and large areas of tone quickly with it. The integrated lead pointer works adequately and it is quite convenient when using it as part of a minimalist sketching kit.
Uni KH-20 Hand Crank Wooden Pencil Sharpener - Red - UNI KH-20.15
  While it lacks the flawless..., July 4, 2012
While it lacks the flawless performance that I have come to expect from this brand, this light weight hand crank sharpener for wooden pencils can quickly and efficiently restore functional long points for entire sets of blunt colored pencils in pretty short periods of time making it ideal for classroom use and the studios of heavy pencil-users. Make sure to sharpen a graphite lead between batches of colored pencils to keep it well-lubricated and running smoothly. Recommended.
Tombow Ippo Interlocking Wooden Pencil Cap - Pink Group - Pack of 4 - TOMBOW PC-SJW-PINK
  Fun pencil accessory..., June 28, 2012
Fun pencil accessory to round up your stationery fix. The caps naturally protect pencil points from breaking or accidentally stabbing you. Their interlocking feature proved useful for grouping pencils of similar height together and keeping a large pencil case well-organized. Joining 16 caps together in a 3X4 or 4X4 grid created a pretty stable and unique-looking pencil stand. The caps can also work as pencil extenders. My first impression is that these interlocking pencil caps are a pretty fun, useful, and versatile pencil accessory for kids and wooden pencil enthusiasts.
Kitaboshi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - B - Set of 5 - KITABOSHI OTP-150B
  This is an excellent..., November 11, 2011
This is an excellent value packaged in a neat compact card stock tube. Keep in mind that the actual leads bear no markings indicating its brand, origin, and graphite grade. Thus they would be a good choice for users that rely on a single grade in their sketching kits. Alternatively to avoid confusion, you should use them in leadholders with degree indicators or custom mark them yourself.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - 3B - Pack of 6 - UNI ULN3B
  Ok if you haven't tried..., November 11, 2011
Ok if you haven't tried any of the other graphite grades in the Uni 2 mm range, rest assured this is an awesome product. Flawless performance for sketching while remaining fairly smudge-resistant. Sharpened lead smoothly glides on card stock leaving rich dark black marks. It's like having a nice gel pen that you can easily erase. If you already use other Uni leads, these softer leads will expand the expressive range of your sketching kit by allowing you to lay down wider strokes and shading faster. The 3B grade simply wears down a tad faster than the 2B, and is a pretty effective shading tool. Highly recommended.
Uni Mitsubishi Lead Holder Refill - 2 mm - 2B - Pack of 6 - UNI ULN2B
  Ok if you haven't tried..., November 11, 2011
Ok if you haven't tried any of the other graphite grades in the Uni 2 mm range, rest assured this is an awesome product. Flawless performance for sketching while remaining quite smudge-resistant. Sharpened lead smoothly glides on card stock leaving rich dark black marks. It's like having a nice gel pen that you can easily erase. If you already use other Uni leads, these softer leads will expand the expressive range of your sketching kit by allowing you to lay down wider strokes and shading faster. Highly recommended.
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