I am not a calligraphy artist, but I could resist giving these metallic markers
a try! The colors are excellent and show up well on black and white and all
colors in between. The ink dries quickly, and I have not had a problem with the
pens drying out. The tips are really thick; even the 2mm side is a bit too large
for everyday writing. But for craft and art projects, these pens are great!
Wow, I really do love this pen. The color is excellent--such a rare shade to
find! It writes smoothly, the flow is perfect, the rubber grip comfortable, and
the clip mechanism (which clips like a clothespin) is wonderful! It only loses
points because I can't really smell the rum raisin. But it is worth it for all
of its other points.
I love the weight of this metal pen in my hand. It comes with an ink cartridge
and a squeeze converter! The cap clicks on nicely. The nib is rounded, to give
the writing the look of a ballpoint pen. I am really pleased and this pen with
all of its included accessories is well worth the price.
I first bought a Pilot Plumix to try my hand with fountain pens and really loved
them, the medium nib especially as it gave me a thicker line that made my
normally scratchy handwriting look like gorgeous calligraphy. So I decided to
try a fancier more expensive fountain pen and purchased the Vortex. The pen is
mostly plastic and feels cheap (way cheaper than its price tag). The medium nib
is also rounded, not flat like the Plumix, so it writes just like a ballpoint
rather than a calligraphy line. The best feature about this pen is the really
nice grip--but that is not worth the cost in my opinion.
I was just using one of the lovely metallic pens in this set last week and
thought to myself, gel pens sure have come a long way! I remember when the ink
would never come out, and you would have to shake and bang the pen to get just a
couple of word's worth of ink out onto the page. Flash forward ten years to now,
when we have the lovely slicci metallic gels, which flow wonderfully and
continuously onto the page in a brillant glittering color. My only qualm, and
one I hope to see fixed in the next ten years, is the problem of having to let
the ink dry. If my hand slips and runs over the page, my writing smudges and my
hand shines with the wet ink. I have to wait to let the page dry before I can
turn it over, or there will be all over the opposite page.
The pentel slicci is one of my favorites--the ink never leaks, runs, smudges, or
shows on the other side of the paper, and always comes out smooth. A big bonus
for me is being able to refill them and not having to buy a new pen each time! I
just wish they had refills for the other colors like green, purple, orange, etc.
and not just the basic black, blue and red.
This pen is basically the pilot plumix but with an extra fine nib instead of a
medium one. The ergonomic grip is pleasant and smooth. My only complaint is that
the nib is so fine that it is a bit scratchy when writing on paper.