This ink is not as water or smudge resistant as the pictures in the description
Presumably this ink, being carbon pigment based, is made for artistic
applications, if you intend to use it for art or illustration it may however be
disappointing. Pens like microns, pitt and staedtler use pigment ink because it
is waterproof, permanent and can stand up to erasing and washes. The sailor
pigment ink, though it handles well in fountain pens and is very beautifull,
bleeds considerably, even when fully dry, when gone over with a wash and it
smudges and smears pigment when rubbed with an eraser. These two qualities make
it a bad choice for pen and ink illustration, though still quite nice for
sketching and looser, free hand drawing where erasing is not required.
You can see clearly in the pictures above that the stroke that is washed
over is a very thin layer, almost grey and therefore has less pigment to bleed.
When applied at full opacity it bleeds considerably more and can even be
reconstituted days later, which is fun if you want to play around with grey
washes. This is not something that would be important unless you are an artist
and I do not think jetpens is trying to misinform anyone.
Despite these limitations, this ink works beautifully in flex nib fountain
pens, is great for figure drawing and sketching or calligraphy. It dries to a
very nice satin finish which accentuates the texture of papers. I use this ink
in an antique flex nib pen with a water brush for black and grey portraits and
love it. If you are looking for a good ink to use with watercolour, this is not
it, before spending so much on ink you should know exactly what you are getting.
This is a very well made pen but it is unreliable and not very useful. The flow
is erratic with the ink that comes with it, I think the ball bearing in the
cartridge inhibits flow as well as reducing the amount of ink. If you remove it
after installation and run warm water over everything the flow improves. I
converted it to an eyedropper, it holds alot of ink and flows much better than
the original. The nib can also be removed if anyone is curious, but the feed is
The Name of the pen implies that it is a fountain pen with a drawing nib capable
of producing lines like those of comic nibs on dip pens. If thats what you want
this pen doesn't do that. The nib is super fine point with no tipping but has
zero flex under any pressure. This means that the only variation in line
thickness is caused by the elasticity of the paper itself. The lines it makes
are absurdly fine, almost invisible and the nib is so sharp it is constantly
gouging the paper and getting fibers stuck between the tines. The result is
inconsistent, barely visible lines that are hard to make. I cannot think of a
possible drawing application which would not be better served by a micron or
staedtler, there is no need for making lines this fine. If this pen had been
made with a nib that flexed like the tachikawa dip pens it would be amazing,
that is a pen every artist would love and what I hoped to get. Unfortunately it
manages to have neither the line quality of a dip pen or the reliability of a
The best pencil I have used hands down. Capable of consistently producing both
the lightest and darkest of marks, building up shadows perfectly with excellent
adhesion to the page. Can be manipulated with stumps or smoothed with ease and
without lifting pigment or leaving patchy areas. Everything about this pencil is
the result of thoughtful expertise used to create as good a drawing tool for
artists as possible.
Every time you use a pencil it most likely makes one of our forests in northern
California that much smaller. A pencil like this is just about the only thing
that makes that justifiable.
The palomino line of pencils are gorgeous, beautifully made drawing tools, with
flawless finish and design and a velvety smoothness when they glide over paper.
They are more well constructed than any other pencil I have used, every aspect
of there appearance gives one the impression of luxury.
The smoothness of their writing is due to an additive in the graphite core witch
eliminates the scratchiness caused by the graphite in other pencils. Despite an
unparalleled finish these pencils cause several problems when used for drawing
and illustration purposes. They repel both water and ink making inking over them
problematic particularly with detail work. The smoothing agent creates a waxy
film on paper that is smeared over the page through erasing and shading making
ink adhesion inconsistent. It also prevents the graphite from adhering giving a
patchiness to shaded areas and will most likely have archival issues.
They are longer than most pencils and so can be sharpened more. The extra length
combined with the weight of the enormous ferrule for the eraser make them
ungainly in some drawing positions. The idea of a high quality eraser on the end
of the pencil is a good one but again these have problems. The white eraser with
the finer abrasive smears the smoothing agent across the page and over time
becomes more of an applicator than a tool for removing graphite. The black
eraser has a rougher abrasive, it is inconsistent and abrades even india ink,
removing fine details. The likelihood of using the entire eraser by the time a
pencil is finished is slim and as every pencil comes with one you will
inevitably end up wasting a good deal of eraser. You would be much better off
with an individual eraser that works well.
The wood is nice natural cedar but it does have more grain than other drawing
pencils, giving it a greater possibility of fractures. The graphite core, the
most important part of the pencil, on the blackwing is about a third as thick as
on a mars lumograph and even the 6b is about half as thick. This means that they
are capable of covering a much smaller area per pencil at greater cost. I would
not recommend this pencil to anyone doing illustration or drawing, especially
with other mediums. If you want real quality go with the staedtler mars
lumograph and an eraser, it is more efficient and infinitely better for drawing.
For illustration, drafting pencils are in every way better than a Palomino. If
you care more about appearance than performance, the Palomino blackwing is the
drawing tool for you.
The comments and item description of this ink do not accurately describe its
performance. I bought this ink as a go to workhorse for large, detailed dip pen
illustration and found that it was an unusual specialty ink that's qualities
make it inappropriate for illustrators.
It is very high quality with more pigment and shellac than any other ink I have
used giving it a beautiful satiny luster and darkness on the page. This
thickness is due to an extremely high shellac content. Because of this it never
feathers even on soft papers and can produce extremely fine detail.
The shellac however makes it unusable for anything more than a quick drawing.
It dries on the nib within ten to fifteen minutes and is so thick it must be
scraped and washed off under water. Over The course of a six hour illustration
it had to be washed off over thirty times and still caused erratic and
inconsistent lines. The more you use the ink the more these problems
The ink dries on the tip so thick it causes skipping in lines and inconsistency
in stippling. In addition small pieces of dried ink can come of the nib at any
time ruining an illustration. Eventually the ink will accumulate to a point
where it causes the entire reservoir to be dumped onto the page. This ink was
tested with the G nib, mapping pen and a flex nib and worked worst with the
smaller nibs. The shellac also lends the ink a satin finish which, though it is
pretty, is problematic for scanning. This ink is in every aspect; line work,
stippling flow and consistency, outperformed by a budget india ink like
speedball. Even when diluted, the shellac to pigment ratio is too high to make
this ink function properly and it's unreliable performance can easily ruin hours
of work, unacceptable for most illustrators.
Nevertheless the ink is of very high quality and looks beautiful, I could see it
having fine art or calligraphy applications though I would not use this with a
nice brush as it will abrade the bristles. Hope this is helps people know what
they are getting and if anyone does use this for inking manga every day please
post how to deal with the nib clogging.