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Been using this for about...
July 22, 2013
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Been using this for about a week now, and it's been working just fine. I just refilled it last night and it took a bit of time (and a lot of clicking) to advance the new lead through the tip.
This is an elegant brush...
July 17, 2013
This is an elegant brush pen. The bristles come to a long tapered point and are nicely resilient. Line thickness varies from hairlines to medium. The ink is a nice cool grey that is completely waterproof. Like the other Akashiya thin pens, the ink flow is moderate, not wet. You need a more sparing ink flow with very fine brushes, or their hairlines would quickly get too thick. When I draw on smooth surfaces like Bristol board, I can achieve beautiful calligraphic lines at comfortable pace. However, I actually use it most on cold-press watercolor paper, because I like how the ink lines become more textured and sketchy, almost like pencil. (I generally wash over the lines with watercolor, and have never had problems with the ink running.)

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A very nice, responsive...
September 16, 2012
A very nice, responsive nib. Without pressure it makes hairlines smoothly in every direction, including upstrokes. It opens nicely into broader lines with a comfortable amount of pressure. It's quite good for drawing and decent for copperplate types of calligraphy.
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This is yet another follow-up...
August 6, 2012
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This is yet another follow-up to my August 2011 review. I have been using this pen for a year now, and it is still performing beautifully. I left it unused for about four months during the winter, but it started up almost immediately when I took it out, and has been writing smoothly ever since. It's the best $6 pen purchase I've ever made.

And I don't know what ink Tachikawa puts into the cartridges, but I sure wish I could get a bottle of it for my other pens!
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This is one of my favorite...
May 14, 2012
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This is one of my favorite brush pens and I own them in several colors. Its fine line is lovely for working on small drawings. The brush is nicely shaped, the ink is quite dark, and it dries quickly.
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This is quite a nice...
April 30, 2012
This is quite a nice waterbrush. I originally got it because of its two-part design -- it's really convenient and fits into my travel paint boxes. The brush itself is well made and comfortable, and can produce a variety of strokes. The only drawback is the small water capacity -- depending on how wet you work your paints, you might run out before the end of a piece. But I always carry extra water when sketching outdoors, so this hasn't been an issue.
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This is a wonderful drawing...
March 3, 2012
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This is a wonderful drawing tool. My first brush pen was the Pentel Pocket one, and it is a lovely pen. But this Kuretake has a higher quality brush with more spring and a finer point. I am really enjoying it.

Just fyi, I use Platinum Carbon ink cartridges instead of the supplied ink, because the Platinum ink is waterproof and dries near instantly on most papers. Happily the Platinum and Kuretake cartridges are identical to each other (even down to the little metal ball), and the Platinum converter fits this pen beautifully as well. I've had absolutely no problems with inkflow.
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This is a follow-up to...
September 20, 2011
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This is a follow-up to my review on August 12th. I have used this pen daily for weeks now, and it's become my favorite inking pen. However, it did act up on me once. The ink flow stuttered when I drew fine horizontal lines or when beginning a stroke. I fidgeted a bit and I found that there is a pad of some sort of fiber directly under the steel nib. If that fiber pad gets a little dried out, you'll have ink flow problems. I think this is why they recommend you not leave the pen unused for more than two weeks. (The ink dries very quickly, which is good when you're drawing, but problematic for pen storage.)

If you're getting spotty ink flow, another reviewer suggested that you give the nib a quick rinse in warm water, which works well to rehydrate the ink pad. However, it does dilute the ink, so you need to scribble a bit to get full strength ink flowing again. What I do instead is put a drop of black ink (I use black technical pen ink, but you could use a drop of any black fountain pen ink) onto the little air hole on the nib, and let it soak in for a few seconds. This restores the ink flow perfectly without dilution, and the pen is ready to draw. No skips or stutters.

And a final note about the ink: this stuff is as black as anything I've ever used, including black India ink in dip pens. It dries very quickly, even on shiny surfaces like bristol board. And it is -very- waterproof. I use watercolors with my pen drawing, and I don't have any problems with ink running or smearing.
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I purchased this pen...
September 10, 2011
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I purchased this pen after I recently bought the 0.3mm Linemarker. The 0.3 made a line roughly the width of my 0.5 gel pens. Therefore, I expected this pen to make a finer line, perhaps close to 0.4 or even 0.3 gel pens. Unfortunately, I cannot see any difference between the two pens. I've tried both of them on all types of paper, and the results are visually the same. I compared the nibs under a magnifier, and didn't see any size difference between them. So I'm disappointed. Like the 0.3 pen, it makes a nice consistent line on most papers. (It skipped a bit on rough sketch paper.)
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This is a really magnificent...
September 4, 2011
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This is a really magnificent ink. The color is a dark fuschia when wet, and then it dries to a deep rich warm purple. It's actually more conservative in person than how the sample appeared on my computer monitor. But I like that. It means I can use this ink in business settings where a bright, garish purple would raise eyebrows.

And, as everyone else has commented, this ink performs beautifully in every pen I've tried.
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