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October 17, 2014
This leadholder is absolutely...
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This leadholder is absolutely perfect for the kind of drawing exercises I do at school. It is light and the wood is very comfortable to hold over 3-4 hour sessions at the easel. It is the closest I've found to the comfort of a traditional drawing pencil, but with the easy sharpening of lead holders. (No need for utility knives and time spent shaving off wood to reveal more pigment. Just click to extend the lead, and rub it a few times on sandpaper to renew the point.)

 
October 17, 2014
I love this notebook....
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I love this notebook. The paper is superb -- a smooth, almost velvety texture with nice opacity for its light weight. The color is a warm ivory white, not too yellow. It handles fountain pens beautifully -- no matter what pen/ink combo I tried, the lines were crisp and smooth, no feathering or bleedthrough. The lightweight cover stock is golden brown printed in white ink, and the binding is securely stitched down the center of the signature. The thin strip of bookbinder's gauze glued along the spine to protect the joint is a very nice touch, greatly increasing the long-term durability.

This is a really high-quality notebook at a great price. I will be getting more (when they are back in stock!)

 
October 17, 2014
I got my Chibi yesterday...
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I got my Chibi yesterday and oh, it is way cute. The yellow body is a good quality plastic that feels more resilient than the typical brittle styrene that you see in cheap, clear pens. It's more comfortable in my hand than I expected. Quite nice, in fact. The nib was okay out of the package, but one of the tines needed a tweak with my thumbnail to get it back into alignment. With this little adjustment, the pen wrote very smoothly, decent wetness, no skipping so far.

I'm delighted because I've been looking for sturdy, inexpensive fountain pens I can throw into traveling sketch kits. The barrel has a small hole at the bottom, so the pen cannot be used as an eyedropper as is. But I suspect the hole would be easy to plug with a dab of epoxy. The threads between body and section are generous, so I suspect it would just need a bit of silicone grease to make the seal waterproof.

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September 21, 2014
I've had this little...
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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.

 
September 21, 2014
One of my favorite pens...
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.

 
September 21, 2014
A really good pen. The...
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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.

 
September 21, 2014
I like this pencil a...
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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!)

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September 5, 2014
The white ink is quite...
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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.

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May 28, 2014
I've been using this...
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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.

 
April 20, 2014
I've been using this...
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.

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