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Sharpie Retractable Pen - Fine Point - Black - Pack of 2 - SANFORD 1753174
  This is an extremely..., April 24, 2013
This is an extremely good pen for anyone who likes fine tip black pens and needs to be pretty mobile.

PROS:
Design is unconventional: The pen is kind of blunt at the end, and the contrast with the tiny retractable tip is really striking. However, some people hate that look, because it's fairly unique and bold. Same goes for the long retracting button.
Retractable tip doesn't dry out easily: You will not have problems with the tip drying out like you do with other pens & inks.
Ink is dark
You can stick this in your pocket and not worry whether the cap is sealed.

CONS:
The button on mine is kind of wobbly. This could be fixed in later versions, but it's not engineered to extremely close tolerances or anything like that.
The tip on mine eventually bent and now it writes a bit like a calligraphy pen. Well, I've owned it for a few years now, so if it bugged me I'd go out and buy a new one. But I think it's a pretty look and it's like I'm writing/drawing with a dip pen. Looks like the inking in an old Tintin comic.
I don't think this is a good pen for writing or drawing fast.
This pen doesn't respond well to rough writing surfaces. But that is almost to be expected with a fine tip.
Laurence King Magma Sketchbook - Design & Art Direction - 9.5" X 7 " - 152 Pages - LAURENCE KING 9781856699044
  I really like the look..., October 22, 2012
I really like the look of this sketchbook, but the paper is just not smooth enough for use with pens unless you love lots of texture messing with your ink.

I have started drawing in it using lead holders, and I think it's just great for putting ideas down as long as you are OK using pencil or similar implements.

I give it 4 stars because I think it could be a useful, attractive notebook for somebody who uses pencil a lot. I like the way it looks on my desk, and that's good for something. :)

There is a pocket in the back cover which is nice, but it's non-expanding (non-accordion) so its utility may be a bit limited.
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