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Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen with Ergo Grip - Extra Fine Nib - Black Body - PILOT P-FP-50R-B-EF
  I've had this little..., September 21, 2014
I've had this little pen for years, and use it for fine-line ink drawings with lots of hatching and crosshatching. It is smooth and consistent, with no noticeable scratching of paper fibers. (If you have a pen that is scratchy or skipping, I'd contact JetPens for an exchange because that is probably a manufacturing flaw.) It's worked with a range of inks, from simple Watermans to Platinum Carbon Black, and never clogged unless I left it unused for a few months. I have been impressed with its reliability and smooth, easy feel when writing.

Quick note: I recently learned that the Penmanship nib and feed fit in the Pilot Metropolitan pen body. I had a medium nib Metropolitan that I never used, so I swapped in the extra-fine Penmanship nib and it works perfectly. I hadn't minded the black plastic body, but now that it's seated in a lovely Metro body, I love the nib even more.
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Black Plain Body - PILOT 91111
  One of my favorite pens..., September 21, 2014
One of my favorite pens (and I own many, many fountain pens). The metal body is substantial but nicely balanced. I can write continuously for 2-3 hours with this pen and have no hand fatigue. The ink flow is perfect - wet enough to flow quickly as you write, but not so wet that the ink requires more time than usual to dry. The nib is smooth - tines perfectly aligned, the tipping well polished. It's an unbelievably good value for the price point, and it puts other, much more expensive pens, to shame.
Pilot Desk Fountain Pen - DPN-70 - Extra Fine Nib - Black Body - PILOT DPN-70-BEF
  A really good pen. The..., September 21, 2014
A really good pen. The plastic body feels light but durable, and the weight is well balanced in the hand. The nib is impressively smooth for such fine lines (roughly the same as you'd get from a 0.38 Uni Signo gel pen), and the ink flow is comfortable. It handles a lot like my fine-nib Metropolitan, in terms of writing reliability and comfort.
Pentel Orenz Mechanical Pencil - 0.2 mm - Black - PENTEL XPP502-A
  I like this pencil a..., September 21, 2014
I like this pencil a lot. I can sense a bit of feedback from the supporting metal pipe if I hold the pencil very low, close to the paper. But when writing in a regular manner, I feel just the smooth glide of the lead. The line is crisp, clear, and smear-resistant. I used it on both smooth bond paper and drawing paper with more tooth, and had no trouble with the fine point getting stuck on paper fibers. I also like that when you're done writing, you can withdraw the pipe fully into the body, to protect against damage in pockets and purses.

It's a good buy (especially if the Uni Kiru-Toga pencils never seem to work for you!)
Copic Opaque White Paint with Brush - COPIC COPQBRSH
  The white ink is quite..., September 5, 2014
The white ink is quite good: fluid, opaque, and pretty quick to dry. (It's not a typical "wite-out" formula with alcohol that evaporates almost instantly.) I like the brush quite a bit. It's essentially a miniature rigger that makes consistent fine, straight lines over 2 inches long from one brush stroke. (Impressive for such a tiny brush.) Very efficient for cleaning up long edges. For more detailed corrections, I use a small sable brush, as I would with any other correction fluid.
Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen - Super Fine + 1 Carbon Ink Cartridge - PLATINUM DP-800S 1
  I've been using this..., May 28, 2014
I've been using this pen for about three years now, for writing and for drawing. Beautiful fine nib, extremely reliable, great ink flow. I can leave the pen unused for weeks and it'll start writing again without complaint. I keep it in the drawing kit that I carry in my purse. To make it fit, I performed a little surgery with a sharp knife and cut the pointed end off, leaving about 2.5 inches below the ring where the section and body screw together. The cap still posts perfectly, and the pen remains well balanced in my hand. I bought a converter for it about a year ago, and it provides a consistent ink flow. This pen is a really great value.
Lamy CP1 Titanium Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Black Body - LAMY L056F
  I've been using this..., April 20, 2014
I've been using this pen for a few months now. I love the shape, the grip, the weight, and the all black appearance. (I installed a black EF nib on it.) It's among my favorite pens, and I use it daily. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 has to do with ink flow. Every Lamy I buy feels a bit dry when I first get it. The nib isn't scratchy, but even with the modest ink requirements of an extra-fine nib, the feed just doesn't provide an adequate flow of ink to the point. At this point, I routinely pull off the nib on a new pen and widen the ink channel in the plastic feed with a very sharp knife. It's a minute adjustment, but it makes the pen a pleasure to use. I don't know why the CP1 isn't more popular.
Kokuyo Campus Report Pad - B5 - Plain - 50 Sheets - KOKUYO RE-50WN
  If you like Tamoe River..., March 11, 2014
If you like Tamoe River paper, you will like this stuff as well. This paper is just a bit heavier than Tamoe River, a little more opaque, but the surface is the same velvety smooth texture that handles fountain pens fearlessly. I used my wettest writers and dip pens, and there was no feathering or bleed-through. Really lovely stuff, at a bargain price.
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Gray - PILOT FKA-1SR-GYF
  A terrific pen! It writes..., February 5, 2014
A terrific pen! It writes flawlessly, smooth and fluid, with a very comfortable fine point nib. The ink flow is perfect, the grip comfortable. I much prefer it over the Metropolitan.
Nomadic PE-06 Side Zipper Pencil Case - Black - NOMADIC EPE 06 BLACK
  This is a wonderful pencil..., December 22, 2013
This is a wonderful pencil case. I was looking for something slim, that wouldn't take up a lot of space in my bag, but would hold 8-10 drawing tools when outside sketching. It's a perfect fit. There are enough slots to organize my pens and pencils comfortably. It makes drawing a pleasure, because I don't have to go digging when I need an eraser or sharpener or different type of pencil. Everything is right in reach. The bag itself is very well constructed, and provides good protection to my tools when zippered shut. A great buy. Highly recommended.
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