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
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!)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
It's a good buy (especially if the Uni Kiru-Toga pencils never seem to work for
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.
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.
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.