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June 25, 2014
Very unique feel to the...
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Very unique feel to the paper! If you press hard, the paper has a rubbery stretch to it, yet is silky-smooth with most pens and pencils. It's hard to crease and tear, which is great if you tend to abuse your books. Since the paper doesn't absorb ink very much, I did find that some brush pens and many fountain pen inks won't properly dry (or at least take a long time to dry), and I ended up with lots of smearing. Inks do look beautiful on this, though! I am currently using mostly oil based drawing pencils with this book, and having a blast! They don't smear and erase well, and blending appears velvety smooth. Overall a unique and wonderful writing experience!

 
September 10, 2013
This is a big brush pen...
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This is a big brush pen and I'm not sure it would be the best for travel (although it is certainly an option). But for home/studio use, it's amazing. The Tsumi brush tip is soft and springy enough to give smooth, expressive lines. It isn't totally waterproof, but that works for me where others might prefer the pigmented versions of these pens. They hold plenty of ink (yes, I purchased all six pens), and the sides are easy to squeeze for more ink, but not so soft that you are giving up control over the ink flow. I am for sure buying more of the Tsumi, since I can see myself using this one on a daily basis. For me, it's exactly the right combination of brush length and density, springiness and ink flow. Love it!

 
August 23, 2013
What a fun idea! My...
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What a fun idea! My pen turned out great and writes very well. It's awesome knowing my pen is unique. Along with a few bars of Sculpey clay, this would make a nice gift for someone who's crafty!

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August 4, 2013
They hold plenty of water...
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They hold plenty of water and the size is compact for travel, but the brush is way too soft and flimsy to be useful for me. The springiness I want just isn't there. Depending on your style, these might be great for you, but they did not meet my needs. I still kept them as backup, since they're relatively inexpensive and I enjoy having tools around that are different than what I'm used to. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't repurchase, though.

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August 4, 2013
The brushes on the Holbein...
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The brushes on the Holbein water pens are SO wonderful! Very soft and springy, way better than any other water brush I've tried. Unfortunately, when you squeeze for more water, it comes out the sides of the nib WAY too quickly! You have to be extremely careful not to squeeze hard at all, or you will have water everywhere! The pens hold a lot of water, but since so much comes out it kind of cancels that out. I still prefer the Kuretake water brushes, even though the bristles don't last very long.

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August 4, 2013
The brushes on the Holbein...
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The brushes on the Holbein water pens are SO wonderful! Very soft and springy, way better than any other water brush I've tried. Unfortunately, when you squeeze for more water, it comes out the sides of the nib WAY too quickly! You have to be extremely careful not to squeeze hard at all, or you will have water everywhere! The pens hold a lot of water, but since so much comes out it kind of cancels that out. I still prefer the Kuretake water brushes, even though the bristles don't last very long.

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June 20, 2013
A VERY thick, white,...
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A VERY thick, white, opaque ink. Great for corrections. I was able to thin it with water in a dappen dish, to create lines with a dip pen. Otherwise it needs to be brushed on. It dries pretty fast and is easy to clean up.

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June 20, 2013
I like this ink but it...
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I like this ink but it isn't matte like the description says. It has about the same amount of gloss as Yasutomo sumi ink. Still, it's a nice, solid black and flows well from dip pens.

 
June 1, 2013
I couldn't figure out...
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I couldn't figure out exactly why I needed these until I had them in my hands. What a neat little thing! Makes pencils easier to organize and find, saving time and satisfying my OCD! They can also be used to stand pencils upright on your desk. And bonus, I noticed they fit my beloved Akashiya thin line brush pens (and probably a few other pens), so I'm getting more of these right meow! For $1.65, you can't go wrong. Get these!

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March 18, 2013
If you want flex, for...
If you want flex, for $20, you can't beat Noodler's pens! I have many, and most have written well right out of the box. Any problems are usually solved by a thorough cleaning or slight nib adjustment. I flex a lot and write fast, and like to deepen the feed channel for more ink flow. You can do that with Noodler's pens! They are meant to be serviced, adjusted and tweaked by the user, making them very versatile. The Konrads and Ahabs hold a lot of ink, too! The newer pens seem to work better and write more smoothly out of the box than previous batches. Also, I am loving a lot of the newer colors. Other flex pens cost upwards of $125...So for $20, these are worth a try...and if you don't like it, you're only out $20!

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