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October 28, 2014
Well designed futuristic-looki...
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Well designed futuristic-looking pencil sharpener that yields a nice sharp point or a blunt tip on regular size pencils with a turn of the indicator button. The clear waste receptacle locks securely with a twist to the ratchet mechanism, so the pencil shavings will not fall out by accident. While slightly larger than I expected, it is still fairly compact for a field sketching kit. I noticed that the lid features an hexagonal hole, so you could tie it with a lanyard if you wish to hang it within reach in your studio. Cool accessory for pencil users.

 
October 28, 2014
This is my second Metropolitan...
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This is my second Metropolitan Fountain Pen (I tried the fine nib first with the Taupe body). It is also a very sleek sketching pen with a hefty brass barrel suitable for daily use. Its medium nib delivered a bolder line with a steady ink flow without skipping as I sketched and doodled loosely with it in every direction at different drawing angles. I used Platinum Carbon ink since I prefer waterproof sketches that could be colored with watercolor and other water-based media. The medium nib makes it suitable for sketching and drawing on larger scale papers since the wider line will be clearly visible even on ledger size 11" X 17" paper. I filled it with ink three weeks ago using a CON-50 converter, and I have been testing this pen on different journal papers from time to time. I have found that the pen starts writing right away after a few idle days, and that I can sketch swiftly without the line skipping. With the fine nib pen, if I go too fast the thinner line might skip mid-stroke. Yet I would recommend getting both pens for a more comprehensive ink sketching kit. It makes for a great gift in its sturdy hinged-tin storage box with the aerometric converter and spare ink cartridge which I have yet to try.

 
October 28, 2014
I have limited experience...
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I have limited experience with fountain pens (FP) in general, but I was able to fill it with Platinum Carbon ink after flushing the air out of the partially filled converter a couple of times with just a few ink-stained fingers. The device works well enough to refill my Pilot Metropolitan FP from an ink bottle, but I just hope that with practice I will not waste so much ink purging air bubbles. The trick might be to slow down and get the knob-turning speed just right, but in any case make sure to have plenty of wipes handy. Good accessory for your Pilot fountain pen if you wish to use bottled ink.

 
October 28, 2014
Certainly an original...
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Certainly an original and kawaii ("cute") choice for storing a few A4 letter size sheets that should please young nieces and the young at heart (Mom promptly claimed this one, after I took a few pictures for my blog review). Better suited for organizing rather than protecting since it is fairly flexible. Its classic Japanese graphics are sure to catch people's attention, and will easily stand out on a cluttered desk. Mom plans to use it for collecting the lab results and medical report sheets she gets on her regular doctor's appointments, and she likes the fact that it is pretty unique and few are likely to have seen this particular file folder. Naturally will let interested parties know where they can get one of their own.

 
June 14, 2014
This clutch pencil is...
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This clutch pencil is awesome! The Sketch Up Softfeeling 5.6 mm Clutch Lead Holder feels quite solid and substantial in the hand thanks to its metal interior mechanism that screws securely into its outer body. Its wide yellow plastic cylindrical barrel rubberized with a matte black coating feels quite comfortable to the touch. It features a convenient lead pointer built-in its push button that screws at the top, and it can quickly produce a short taper point similar to what you can accomplish with a standard pencil sharpener or an E+M Cube lead pointer. It comes loaded with a 5B graphite lead, and there are also colored refills available for it. For further refill options, you can even load it with Cretacolor drawing leads that include oil sanguine and nero leads that given their oil component are pretty smudge-resistant and do not require fixing to stay put. Having a wider barrel makes this clutch pencil a pretty ergonomic choice for live caricature events and drawing on a easel. Saves you the trouble of having to widen a narrow leadholder barrel with tennis wrap. Sleek looking tool that effortlessly becomes an extension of your hand for sketching and shading freely. Particularly well suited for working on larger scale formats. Its compact size make it quite portable and comfortable to carry around all day in your pant pockets. Have been taking it with me quite often to sketch and doodle on the go, and have grown quite fond of it.

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May 14, 2014
The Staedtler Wopex sharpens...
The Staedtler Wopex sharpens easily (with a nice sharp handheld sharpener/my crank pencil sharpeners do not work well on the extruded shaft), and the white eraser featured in this green version works quite well. The lead feels hard and waxy in a good way (reminds me of Japanese premium pencils), and its marks are pretty smudge resistant. The Staedtler Wopex makes for a pretty clean handling sketching tool at a good value point.

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January 30, 2014
Nice addition to a sketching...
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.

 
January 29, 2014
Great addition to a sketching...
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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.

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October 8, 2013
This set is awesome and...
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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.

 
October 6, 2012
It was love at first...
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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.

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