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
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!
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
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.
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!
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~!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!)