If you want super thin lines this is the pen for you (and me). My workhorse for
doodling and detail work. Not so good for sketching because of the scratchiness
of the needle-like point, though with the right paper you could make sketches
happen. The strength of this pen is the cartridge system which gives a nice
consistent flow of ink once you get it going. The biggest weaknesses are the
cap and body which are plastic and will not hold up to abuse - like keeping it
in your back pocket and sitting on it. The barrel is hollow so it will crack if
over-tightened. The clip on the cap will come off with repeated use (I
superglued mine back on).
This is a pen that requires some care: if you allow the ink to dry out then the
point will clog permanently(I have tried using the various cleaning
kits/solutions on my dried out points with no results). The good news is that if
you draw everyday with it and flush it with water after every cartridge change
it will reward you with about 1 - 2 years of faithful steady service. Make sure
the cap is screwed on tight after every use - it has a tendency to come loose at
the wrong moments.
Don't bother with the Koh-i-noor 0.13 mm (or even the 0.25 mm) - their ink
delivery system is terrible resulting in poor/no flow and the tip is even
scratchier than the Rotring. This is the best 0.13 mm pen. Ever.
Finally, a durable liner pen with waterproof ink even. One thing though, the
pen I took on a recent plane trip has started to blob/leak out the vent hole
above the point (hence minus one star). Other than that though this pen is great
for sketching and fine line work.
I have been looking for a slightly bigger backpack than my Maxpedition Pygmy
which at 20L is just right for everyday carry but is just a bit small for all
the stuff I carry for sketching; A4 Molekskine, 9x12 watercolor pad, watercolor
kit, 4x6 sketchbook, full-sized headphones, etc. The WL-25 can definitely handle
all that with room to spare. The top outer pocket can just fit my Kindle along
with a 4x6 sketchbook. The lower pocket is shallower so I use it for flat
things. So far my only complaints are the lack of zipper pulls on all the
zippers (they are on the three main compartments) and the sizing of the backpack
straps being a bit narrow - I have to let the straps out quite a bit or else the
pack sits too high on my back. Things I love: the orange lining (I hate black
interiors), the light weight, well thought out pockets and lots of them. I
took it out for a bike ride tonight and it seemed comfortable even fully loaded
so I am happy with it. And yeah, no way I would put my 15" Macbook Pro in this.
It might fit but only without a protective sleeve and the pack has no built-in
protection for a laptop.
Almost perfect. My favorite pen (along with my Rotring Rapidograph .13mm) and
the one that gets daily use for sketching and drawing. The ink is fairly water
resistant - almost waterproof really - I lay a watercolor wash over most of my
drawings and the ink will run a little if it is not completely dry. The only
flaw in the design that I have found is that the barrel/cap wears out over time
from repeated uncapping/capping so one of my pen's (my beloved red one) caps
will not stay on tightly and will comes uncapped very easily and I end up
getting stabbed by the needlepoint tip (I use the .3mm). Still worth every penny
though. I wish the red/green/blues were available though.
Plastic barrel snapped in half on me, so do not keep it in your back pocket. I
do like that the ink flows smoothly (using Noodlers Inks anyways), the clip is
strong, and it feels good in my hand. I find the extra fine nib writes more like
Most overrated pen ever. I have never had these pens last more than about 30
minutes of use. My last one lasted less than that and I was being particularly
careful in using it only on smooth paper (Moleskine Cahier and Sketchbook) and
using it with a very light touch. After about 20 minutes the point receded into
the barrel to the point of being unusable. This has happened with every one of
these pens in this size - I have killed about six of these. Well, no more. If
you want a disposable pen that you will be disposing very soon then get one of
these. Or better yet, take your $2.00 and throw it in the trash right now. Same