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Pentel Brush Pen Cartridge - Black Pigment Ink - PENTEL XFRP-A
  Much darker ink then..., June 22, 2013
Much darker ink then that used in Pentel Pocket brush pen and is waterproof. I use it as a refill for regular Pentel (standard or sometimes called Pentel color brush pen) Superfine brush pen or regular brush pen. Ink that comes with those pens is not waterproof. It is still good (especially if want watercolor effect) but if need waterproof and super dark ink then this is it.

Dark: yes, very (much darker than used in Pentel Pocket brush refills)
Waterproof: yes
Clairefontaine Triomphe Notepad - A4 - Blank - 50 Sheets - CLAIREFONTAINE 6170
  One of the best papers..., February 27, 2013
One of the best papers for fountain pens if not the best (can be used with other pens too) available. I also use it to sketch and draw on this paper. Very smooth, perfect. Included in each pad is a lined sheet of paper which can be placed behind the blank white sheet as a guideline if want to write neat or cannot control a straight line.

Top paper.
Staedtler Mars Micro Color Mechanical Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - Blue - STAEDTLER 254 05-3
  Easily best color lead..., July 16, 2012
Easily best color lead (0.5mm) available. Uni ball and Pilot eno color leads disappear from aper's surface after some time while this lead still stays on paper visible in my case forever. Since color leads are not really graphite, they are more fragile but I never have problem with them as they are not designed for pressing hard on paper anyway but light touch is needed and let out only 1mm of it through the pencil tip.

People having trouble with 0.5mm color leads ought use 2mm color leads from Staedtler.

Expensive but 5 stars.
Palomino Blackwing Pencil - 602 - Pack of 12 - PALOMINO 103180 BUNDLE
  Awesome. Update review...., July 15, 2012
Awesome.
Update review. Ha ha, now that I've figured out the ferule and the eraser I actually would not change anything about it. It's perfect and unique. What helps is replaceble erasers which is nice to have.

5 stars.
Palomino Blackwing Pencil - 602 - Pack of 12 - PALOMINO 103180 BUNDLE
  Top pencil. Great wood..., July 15, 2012
Top pencil. Great wood that sharpens beautifully and the graphite is top notch that hold the point nicely. Nice grey paint also. Writing or drawing with this pencil reminds me of Hi-Uni F grade pencil. Excellent for writing or drawing.

One thing I do not like is the ferule and flat eraser which results in pencil being 20cm long. I would preferred a standard size of about 17cm long without eraser or with round standard eraser as this ferule and eraser that sticks out sideways kind of creates some extra weight and gets in my way.

Pentel Sharp Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body
 - PENTEL P205A
  My favorite pencil ever...., May 26, 2012
My favorite pencil ever. I've used (as I like pencils) probably most mechanical (and wooden) pencils available mostly from Germany and Japan, two countries that produce quality products, costing from few dollars to over $50 each but, I always come back to this classic pencil.

It just becomes part of my hand with its lightness and shape, I can use it all day while most other pencils I either get uncomfortable or bored after some time.

I mostly use 0.3mm and 0.7mm so I can have two different thickness in lines (0.5 and 0.7 is too close for me) but 0.5 and 0.9mm can be used for this purpose too. 0.3mm pencil (brown barrel) is currently not distributed by Pentel USA but is by web shops, especially if you order from Europe or Asia. eg, pixiemall (Korea) or stationeryart from Hong Kong and many Japanese sites. 0.3 (p203) is probably the best 0.3mm pencil ever made. I'm surprised JetPens does not carry it yet.
Ohto Graphic Liner Needle Point Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - 005 - 0.3 mm - Black Ink - OHTO CFR-150GL005
  Excellent. I've used..., April 21, 2012
Excellent. I've used these before and am glad JP has them now. Could be the best liners out there. Remind me of Rapidograph without the need to refill and fuss with fragile tips that Rapidograph from Rotring or Koh i Noor has OR with faber tips that wear out after a while and produce different line thickness.

Regarding tip sizes, as with all manufacturers the tip size (eg 005 = 0.3mm not 005 mm) is not universal but company assigned.
So, as per some Japanese web sites, Ohto Graphic liners are as follows:

005 = 0.3 mm
01 = 0.4 mm
02 = 0.5 mm
03 = 0.7 mm
05 = 1 mm
1 = ? (could not find this one)
Rotring Tikky Graphic Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - 0.1 mm - Black Ink - SANFORD S0814730
  Dzevad says: This..., April 19, 2012
Dzevad says:

This is my go to pen for drawing and sketching as it has a good ink flow such as found in fountain pens. Ever since I discovered this pen (which off course has waterproof ink - a must) I have stopped using my fountain pens. Other fiber pens such as Micron are few steps below Rotring in quality. Second best is Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens which use archival waterproof India or China ink.

I also use Mitsubishi Pin pens for sketching and writing but it is not as good as the two mentioned. Very good but it maybe better for some as it can also be used for writing due to low ink flow which may not go through poor paper. With good nice paper such as Rhodia and Clairefontain any pen, juicy or not can be used.

It would be nice if JetPens had a deal where if buying larger quantity of pens would reduced the individual price of the pen.

To add, pens with nice ink flow such as this one and fountain pens are not good for using on cheap paper found in most regular stores as likely feathering would be an issue. You should use Rhodia or Clairefontaine or similar quality paper.

Uni Hi-Uni Hi-Density Pencil Lead - 0.5 mm - 4B - UNI HU053004B
  Top lead in 4B (compares..., January 22, 2012
Top lead in 4B (compares to 5 or 6B on other brands) and yes, at 4B it supposed to smudge as anything above B grade is really designed for drawing where smudging is desired in some techniques. For writing in general people should not use anything above B grade.

It appears to me that this maybe the same lead used in famous Hi Uni Mitsubishi pencils.
Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1852321
  I really wanted to like..., October 5, 2011
I really wanted to like this pencil but just could not stand the grip area which I found to be slippery even though it had not so abrasive grip area. I held it in hand for less than a minute and I knew I would not be able to use it due to the grip area. It has a nice heft and feels nice in hand with perfect length but the grip area is just not for me. If the pencil had same shape (octagonal) from top to all the way where the tip is, then it would be superb as I prefer pencils that are octagonal which itself makes them good grippers. But, there are few mechanical pencils at decent quality in that shape.

So, this pencil may be a 5 star if you do not mind the grip area, but that is not me (even though I tried) thus a 3 star from me, pure subjective.

In ending, I much more prefer the Platinum Pro-Use II 05 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm pencil found here on Jetpens. It has incredible groove grip area, all metal and is non-slippery. I had to get me another one and will get one more in the future for backup.

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