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Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - Silver Body - SANFORD 1904449
  This is my first Rotring..., April 16, 2011
This is my first Rotring pencil. Between me and my husband, we have a number of Rotring art pens and rapidographs, but this drafting pencil was a first.

Initially I was hesitant to make the purchase due to the price, but in looking at the retractable tip (by turning the screw near the clicker) and the solid construction, I decided to give it a shot.

Admittedly, the screw open mechanism takes a little getting used to. The clicker will not depress if the tip is retracted -- a nice safety mechanism. I need to remind myself to retract the tip when I put my pencil away.

I do a lot of work with colored lead and I've gone through numerous pencils that break (and subsequently waste) my lead. This pencil has done an excellent job thus far.

Is it worth the price? It's hard to say. I'm a stickler for quality in the tools I use regularly. I have a Lamy Scribble 0.7 pencil which I equally love, so I'm not going to say this is a pencil for everyone, but I do recommend it for drafting pencil aficionados!
Kokuyo AiroFit Non-Stick Scissors - Wide Handle - Blue Grip - KOKUYO HASA-P210NB
  I liked these scissors..., August 19, 2010
I liked these scissors so much, I bought two pairs... in different orders. I do a -lot- of shipping and often need to cut tape. These scissors slice through tape with absolutely no problem. Highly recommended!

However, do not use these scissors to cut anything else. They're not really meant for chopping paper, cardboard, or any material, as you may damage the blade.
Kutsuwa Stad One-Push Pencil Holder - Pink - KUTSUWA RH010PK
  I just purchased this..., August 19, 2010
I just purchased this pencil holder with my recent order on a whim. I've been using a lot of red/blue pencils recently and it's a pain to use when they've been whittled down to the center.

This pencil holder is so easy to use -- just push the top like a retractable pen, the claws open up and insert the pencil and adjust to your desired length. Release the top and the claws hold the pencil in place. It's bright, shiny, and has a nice thickness to the barrel that would even work for younger kids.

Note - the claws are -not- strong enough to run the pencil through a pencil sharpener. The force will push the pencil inward. However, the claws are strong enough for normal drawing/writing use.
Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen - White Ink - UNI UM153.1
  This is an EXCELLENT..., December 9, 2008
This is an EXCELLENT white pen! I use it to highlight my white areas on my watercolor paintings and copic drawings and it really holds up nicely. The white is thick and opaque on black, but not clumpy. It's also very convenient to use and carry around, versus my usual tube of gouache or permanent white watercolor where I need a brush handy.

Highly recommended! Great price and superior product!
Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Super Fine - KURETAKE LS4-10
  The point is very stiff..., December 3, 2008
The point is very stiff and has very little give - to help keep its super fine point. Likewise, this pen is also disposable and the ink is dark and thick. In fact, it seems to take a little longer for the ink to dry, so I advise folks to be patient and wait until the "wetness" of the ink disappears.

Like the name says, this is a super fine point - probably ranging from .3 to 1.5 mm depending on how heavy (or light) a hand you draw with. The lines are smooth and tapered, perfect for finer details that a larger brush would be overkill for. It's very easy to use, and almost feels like a regular multi-liner - highly recommended for its price and practicality~!
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for Calligraphy - PENTEL XGFKP-A
  For a true pocket brush..., December 3, 2008
For a true pocket brush pen, seriously - this is a wonderful product. It not only comes with 2 cartridges (1 for use, 1 for refill), but the brush point is truly a brush point with synthetic bristles!

I would consider the point "fine", but depending on how heavy (or light) a hand you use when inking/drawing, the line quality varies a lot. The point stays sharp so all stroke starts are clean and pointed.

The ink is pigment-based and waterproof, but I find it a little lighter/thinner other ink pens.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this particular pen to someone just getting started with inks and brushes with hopes of drawing. To get the type of line you'd like would probably take a some practice and patience. For Japanese/Chinese calligraphy, this would be an excellent pen for penmanship practice as the point has a nice flexibility and drag when practicing loose-handed strokes.

As for water-proofing, this one holds up the best when dried and washed over with a wet brush. There is very little smearing, if any - and little deterioration of color.
Kuretake Disposable Pocket Double Sided Brush Pen - Fine & Medium - KURETAKE TSF1-10
  When in use, the points..., December 3, 2008
When in use, the points have a somewhat stiff, "spongy" feel and bounce back to shape after each stroke. It's very easy to use and predictable - meaning line variation and quality is pretty consistent. The pens are disposable, not refillable, and the ink is waterproof once dried.

I recently started using this pen exclusively for my book signings - as the inside cover is slick and smooth. Most pens would either bead up and/or rub off or seep through the paper. However, this pen is perfect for quick smooth lines that are dark and permanent - without the leakage!

At the moment, this is my favorite brush pen! The dual points are very convenient to have on a single pen - reducing my load by a pen or two. So far, I haven't had any problems with the ink drying out and streaking yet - but this is something that might differ from pen to pen and type to type. The ink dries fast and dark, and the overall springy-sponginess of the points really make drawing with a brush pen much more enjoyable!
Akashiya MoTec Double Sided Brush Pen - Hair Brush & Fine Hard Tip - AKASHIYA MS-500
  For drawing, I find this..., December 3, 2008
For drawing, I find this pen a little more difficult to control as the brush point is very flexible. The "hard" fine point is pretty standard, but I prefer the "springiness" of the disposable Kuretake pens more. The ink is also comparably as dark as the Kuretake inks and water-proof when dry.
Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen Sketch Set - Denim - AKASHIYA CA550S-DE
  I purchased this set..., November 13, 2008
I purchased this set in hopes of doing some on-the-go art. Having pigment filled brushes instead of cakes of paint make for very easy use and clean up. This particular set not only has all the SAI colors but also has a plastic palette, a foldable vinyl container for water, and a brush - everything you need in one convenient bag! All you need is a pencil and sketchbook!

The colors are vibrant and I was surprised to find the pens are actually brushes, so you really get that brush-quality when drawing lines/painting areas. I like to dilute the colors in the palette - painting a little in the wells and adding drops of water. (This also works well in mixing colors!)

Coloring directly to paper can sap the pigment out of the brush rather quickly, so please note that depending on paper absorbency, streaking can occur. (Especially with watercolor papers!)
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