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October 16, 2014
This is my first 0.3mm...
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This is my first 0.3mm pencil and at first I didn’t like it as I wrote to thin, but after a while I found great use for it. I have very small handwriting but have always stayed in the 0.5mm range. But I’ve been wanting to try this pencil as I heard many good things about the 0.5mm version.

First thing is that 0.3mm wasn’t good for me for speed writing. I hold my pencils very firmly and press against paper with a lot of weight, so there’s a lot of pressure on pen tips and pencil lead. As such, I couldn’t use this for class notes. However, it did work wonderfully when I was writing on my own desk at home, whether for taking margin notes or writing through work books.

The pen is sturdy as my other Graph Gear, though some of the black paint around the grip has started to wear off, exposing the metal underneath.

October 1, 2014
A very fine pen--literally....
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A very fine pen--literally. It’s slightly smaller than my 0.30 pens, which is the smallest I’d go for daily writing. I tend to have small writing, but going with a very fine point size tends to warp and/or break the writing instruments, especially since I tend to have a hard grip as well.

As usual, Uni-ball makes a great, solid pen. Every one that I own of their line is extremely durable, and this fine point pen is no exception.

September 18, 2014
Ain is my main--lead...
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Ain is my main--lead that is.
I have only one 0.3 pencil and Ain, of course, is the lead I use it.

Because 0.3mm lead is brittle anyway, it still breaks, but not as frequently as other lead I’ve used.

September 3, 2014
It’s a great pen, but...
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It’s a great pen, but a bit scratchy. The perfect point between 0.3 and 0.5 (seeing as it’s right in the middle--duh). Surprisingly, pens and pencils in 0.4 are a bit hard to find these days, but this did the job just perfectly.

I tend to write with 0.5 mostly, but sometimes, depending on the pen or lead, it comes out too thick. The points and lead for 0.3 are too brittle and scratchy, and the 0.4 is better for me. I still prefer 0.5 overall, but it’s nice to have 0.4 as an alternative depending on the paper.

August 19, 2014
This really does write...
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This really does write puny. I use it to write in the margins of my Bible and it’s perfect. But it’s so tiny that sometimes the writing comes out very light.
Still, a great way to get in thin margins.

August 1, 2014
I use this every night...
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I use this every night after journaling.
I tend to flip pages pretty quickly to allow my creative flow little obstruction, but that means that the ink smears onto the opposing page. With the rocker, I can quickly soak up the ink rather than waiting for it to air dry or having me blow on it.

A fantastic investment, and it looks great on my desk.

July 12, 2014
A great blend of black...
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A great blend of black and blue. I’m a use of many black inks, but I like to broaden my spectrum for other uses, such as correcting my story drafts. While this one necessarily isn’t blue, since it’s more of a light gray, there is some hint of blue there, and it’s a very pleasant and non-distracting color.

However, I unfortunately am not a fan of this line of Pilot’s inks as they tend to be too watery for my taste.

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June 23, 2014
A lush color, this Pilot...
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A lush color, this Pilot blue was amazing when it was released, and looked amazing on screen, but I admit it was a bit more difficult to use in person. I used as a reference a glass pen, as that’s what I used to test all my inks before I insert them into pens, and it was a bit too watery for me. It took a while to dry on the paper, and it tended to spill out of my writing.

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June 10, 2014
If you plan on foregoing...
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If you plan on foregoing Pilot’s ink refills and using your own ink, then obviously use these converters. Works well, and hasn’t leaked any ink into my pen so far.

May 22, 2014
My first fountain pen. When...
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My first fountain pen.

When I first entered the world of fountain pens I wanted something relatively inexpensive. I researched different makers, and settled on this one instead of the German-made Safari. I have tiny handwriting, so I deduced that Japanese fountain pens will suit me well.

When I got the pen I found that, while the nib certainly was fine enough for my teensy handwriting, the nib was pretty scratchy, and didn’t make for a good workhorse pen. It’s a fine pen, just not for me.

Over the years I’ve discovered which pens work and which pens don’t for me. I ended up getting the Safari anyway and I love it. I have an EF nib on it, and it’s a good everyday pen. My favorite brand is Sailor, mostly for their outstanding nibs and range. I also have an Esterbrook which I love, as well as a custom Nakaya.

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