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December 12, 2013
Bronze is a nice alternative...
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Bronze is a nice alternative to the yellowy and often pale golds that are common among metallic gel ink pens. While the color is very attractive and the pen is reasonably comfortable to handle, the ink doesn't flow as evenly as I'd like. I'd probably give it five starts for writing, especially when you want a "gold" that's dark enough to be quite legible, but for decorating and artwork, it's more wimpy than "Xtreme."

 
December 12, 2013
Gorgeous deep, dark black,...
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Gorgeous deep, dark black, with almost dimensional-looking faint gold glass. The other black pen in this line does seem superfluous; it's nice, but this one is an obvious improvement. It's Copic magic at its best. The intense black ink is still transparent: that seems impossible, and it's hard to describe, but I think many artists would enjoy the effect. The microglass is luminous and subtle. The tip isn't particularly comfortable for writing--it's quite abrasive, and the pen body doesn't offer a firm grip.

I find it interesting that Copic managed to create such intense pigmentation in a Spica pen; many of the other colors seem washed out to me. For me the Spica line represents the most subtle and elegant choice in glitter pens, but this one really stands out.

 
December 12, 2013
Not the greatest metallic...
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Not the greatest metallic violet/purple: more like a deep lilac.

I'm not sure what the problem is with metallic purple pens, but their color is rarely intense enough. I'm guessing there's a technical issue with the materials involved in producing purple gel inks. Overall, this pen is fine, but it's nothing special. The tip is fairly broad: it wouldn't be my first choice for writing, and for most art I find the ink flow a little slow and uneven. On the whole, I'd recommend Sakura's metallic purple over this pen.

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December 12, 2013
Don't confuse this with...
Don't confuse this with Sharpie marker pens: this is a different animal entirely in many ways.

What sets this pen apart from the Sharpie line in general is that while the ink is very dense and dark, it doesn't bleed through paper. It's amazing. I use it as a general writing pen at times; when I use very light paper stock, quite a number of pens bleed through: almost all felt/porous-tip pens, eventually, and even some gel-ink pens. This pen is one of the last holdouts for bleeding through.

The rather plump pen body is reasonably comfortable, with a grip area to keep it from sliding around. The retraction mechanism feels a little loose but works well. The ink outlasts the tip, unfortunately, which bends and flattens out eventually. It does indeed become chisel-like and provide an intruiging calligraphic effect, but at this price I expect better quality.

Pros:
- The dense black ink doesn't bleed through paper.

- It's permanent. Out of curiousity, I tried "washing" it with acetone and got nowhere; it's now my official check-writing pen. And of course it's as waterproof as they come. When I used it on a paper food label once, I ended up soaking the container in water: the paper more or less disintegrated, but the writing was still clearly legible on what was left of it.

- The tip is fine enough for ordinary writing purposes; the ink is perfectly even and uniformly dark.

- Did I mention it **doesn't bleed through paper?** (I've given this pen as a gift on a number of occasions, only to find that people won't try it because they assume it will bleed through, even though I've assured them it won't.)

Cons:
- The porous tip is fairly abrasive. It's not the best thing to use on delicate surfaces. Our local voting setup tried them out on ballots one year (where you fill in circles to mark your vote), and the tip was too abrasive. I was surprised (I've never had this problem). However, our local voters were especially worked up that year, and they may have taken it out on their ballots. So I would NOT use this pen for things like school budget/tax voting.

- The tip isn't especially durable. At this price, it should hold up better.

- It's expensive. I'd use these pens more often, but at over $3 each, they're just too costly for general writing purposes, especially when the tip doesn't hold up well over time. They go in one of my "special purpose" containers. I'm hesitant to take it places: I love it, but I hate the idea of leaving it somewhere by accident.

- The body is comfortable for short-term use, but it's not something you'd want to use for lengthy missives. The metallic-capped version of this pen is much more comfortable.

Even given the price, this pen gets my full, enthusiastic recommendation.

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December 12, 2013
A reasonably thin metallic...
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A reasonably thin metallic line with strong color: was beginning to think I'd never see one. This pen is great: it really does produce something that looks close to a non-metallic line weight. I've gotten used to "0.7 mm" metallic pens that look well over 1.0 mm. This one is for real. The color is strong enough both for decorative work and for actual writing. The color isn't a conventional primary blue, though; it's more of Prussian blue, with faint hints of grey and green. It's a very pretty color, and significantly darker (and greyer) than the body color. The overall effect is remarkably similar to the old Pearl metallic pen line--even the color matches my old Pearl blue pen.

 
December 12, 2013
Expensive but worth the...
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Expensive but worth the price. I'm using these with a Pilot Air-Blanc pencil and am delighted with the results. As a graphic designer and artist, I find these leads perfect for faint, very fine marks that eventually need to be erased. And I used to do drafting; I'd recommend these leads because they produce a consistent, fine line that can be erased easily but doesn't smear. I didn't think I'd be happy with such a soft lead in a 0.3 pencil, but these are excellent. I use this pencil/lead combination and haven't broken or chipped a lead yet.

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December 12, 2013
How nice to have a subtle...
How nice to have a subtle and elegant option in glitter pens: something to use where you want a more artistic than decorative effect. I use these pens in places I'd never touch with an intense glitter effect (such as Sakura's Stardust line, which I like very much for decorative applications). The colors are very transparent, which means you can apply them over almost anything that needs a hint of color, such as a black-and-white image. You can also apply them--with care--over other colored inks, including others in this line. The overall colors in this line (both sets) seem a little odd to me, but I suspect a cultural bias. There's a nice range of light, semi-neutral colors: sand is a good example. I use it over other colors to lightly tint them or tone them down.

Keep in mind that these are markers, not conventional glitter gel pens. The tip is more abrasive; use a light touch, or you'll ripping up paper pretty quickly. The colors are transparent but surprisingly water-resistant for the most part. The ink fades less quickly than I've found with most markers, though. And they may write for 360 yards. but they're sprinters and need to make the run within a few months of purchase. According to Copic, they should be stored horizontally, which will probably annoy many people. I do store them horizontally. A year after purchasing set, I'm finding that a number of colors are starting to dry up, and the glitter effect has grown uneven. I bought two black pens at the same time and have used them roughly the same amount of time, but one is almost completely dried up and the other is still going strong, implying possible quality control issues.

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December 12, 2013
Black glitter pens are...
Black glitter pens are not easy to come by. This member of the Copic atyou Spica family posesses the general qualities (and drawbacks) of this line, including transparant color and an elegantly subtle sparkle. The "sparkle" in black looks slightly gold to me, as opposed to the silvery appearance of the cooler Spica colors--blue in particular. I like this pen very much and recommend it for use on its own or with other Spica pens. I reviewed the line in general under "Copic atyou Spica Micro Glass Glitter Pen - 12 Color Set - A."

 
June 2, 2012
Face it: where else are...
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Face it: where else are you going to find tiny rectangular envelopes made from gorgeous papers? What you DO with them might remain a mystery to the unimaginative, but I love this template. It's a great value and straightforward to use. I wish the end flaps were a little larger, to improve adhesion and envelope proportions.

A few caveats.... The template requires some very precise cutting to get the tiny curves just right. Most liquid glues tend to bleed through thin paper or smear onto the outside of the finished envelope; I've gotten my best results with high-quality glue tape. You don't have the option of creating a gummed or "peel-and-stick" closing edge for the envelope closure flap. You have to choose between leaving it open, or you seal it permanently with a sticker or glue. Because I sometimes give these to people as gifts, I dearly wish that someone would market "peel-and-stick" tape rollers.

Tips: "Disappearing" ink is great if you want to eliminate template markings on your paper. Use a ruler to align the tape with the flap edges. If you're using glue, just place some scrap paper underneath the surface that you're gluing. Just make sure the tape or glue reaches to edge of the flaps. Press very firmly and hold for at least 15 seconds, depending on the weight of the paper. If you use heavy paper (e.g., card stock), keep in mind that you may not be able to get the glue to hold--you can try double-sided tape, but you'll have to cut it carefully to size. Keep in mind that there's no simple way of sealing the envelope except with glue or a sticker. I've tried temporary (waxy) adhesives, but they generally make a mess of the paper.

In general, though, this is a generally fun product to use, and an ideal gift for anyone with mild OCD.

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January 15, 2012
I had a little trouble...
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I had a little trouble getting my brown pen going; took a little shaking and swirling. But then it came to life: a lovely warm brown with just a hint of copper. Very pretty. Keep in mind that this is a marker pen, though. Don't expect to write pages of text with it. The tip is a bit uncomfortable even for brief writing.