Product Reviews Written by anastas

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I've been trying a variety...
April 19, 2015
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I've been trying a variety of white inks/pens for highlights on art, and this was a really disappointing one.
Like others have mentioned, the brush is very tiny and difficult to use (also mine came bent?), but even dipping a better brush into the bottle I found the ink/paint behaved strangely. It didn't want to flow to the tip of any brush I've used and instead collects in a big drop neeeeaaarrrly at the tip. Very weird! It also tends to dry transparent and suck up the colours underneath, staining the highlight.
Not worth it, in my experience! I've had the best highlighting luck with Windsor & Newton white and a dip pen and I think that's what I'll be sticking with.
This is a very nice,...
February 20, 2015
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This is a very nice, very lightweight pencil. The "knock" mechanism works very well and the colour/pattern are super attractive. HOWEVER! What you can't really see in the pictures is that there's a giant barcode printed ON the patterned barrel. You can't remove it. I ended up drawing some stars over it with a blue sharpie. Not the ideal solution, and I wish I had known ahead of time. Be warned!
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This is incredibly tiny!...
December 6, 2014
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This is incredibly tiny! Like half the size of my thumb. The scissors work really well for cutting little things like threads, tags, bands and the like. They're nice and sharp.
I got the blue one as a gift for someone else, and ended up buying another one for myself because the mail-opening component is GREAT. I fail miserably at opening envelopes, but no more! I have this on my desk and no longer open my mail with anything else. Love it.

The chain portion is unbelievably fine and delicate looking. I wouldn't trust it on a keychain or bag, but I have it threaded through a pen clip and it's nice and safe.

Really nifty little gift, and a fantastic letter-opener!
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This might be the best...
December 6, 2014
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This might be the best looking mechanical pencil. Period. The photos don't really do justice to how seriously great this thing looks.
It's also a pretty big pencil, with what I think is a comfortable heaviness. Just as warning that this is definitely NOT lightweight, and might fatigue someone using it for long sessions of note-taking or whatnot.
The knock mechanism is really smooth, and I love that the tip retracts.

One star short because I'm a frequent pencil-rotator, and the clip really gets in the way. I mean, it's smooth plastic so it doesn't dig in or anything, but it keeps me from using it as often as I'd like in favour of my clipless pencils.

But seriously. Gorgeous.
I ordered this specifically...
December 6, 2014
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I ordered this specifically to hold all of my soft-bodied brush pens without squishing them. It works! It's long enough to hold the standard Pentel brush pen, and big enough to comfortably contain seven other brush pens, with room to spare. The sides are nice and rigid and it does indeed unzip into a flat box/tray shape. Very easy to find things.
As an added benefit, you can also stand the case on its end! Good for desk space and for storing brush pens upright to avoid leaking.
The zipper/handle with the snap is nifty, and the colours are great! I highly recommend it, especially for fat/squashy pens.
I bought the Teffa Book...
December 6, 2014
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I bought the Teffa Book Style case ( http://www.jetpens.com/Lihit-Lab-Teffa-Pen-Case-Book-Style-Yellow-Green/pd/7 668 ) a while back and I love it to pieces, but it became so quickly overloaded with all of my art junk that it wasn't feasible to lug it around in my backpack, nevermind separate sketchbooks.
I ordered this bag with these requirements in mind:

-must be relatively flat to slide into my backpack/bag without making it bulky.
-must have space for at least one medium sized sketchbook, multiple pens, eraser, sharpener etc.
-must be easy to open and organise, so nothing tumbles around or out of the bag.

This pretty well hit all the marks! I currently have two 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch sketchbooks comfortably in the large pocket, a mini travel sketchbook in front pocket behind the velcro pouch on the right, a brushpen in the pen-holder and an eraser and sharpener in the left velcro pocket with room to spare.
The only problem I've encountered with it is limited pen/pencil space. Aside from the on skinny pen-pocket, the other compartments aren't really suited to holding drawing utensils. I have two fountain pens in the front pocket, but they bulge out a bit and make the velcro close funny, and I have three other tools that I had to put in the large front pocket sticking out of the top. They haven't fallen out yet, but I'd feel better if they were more secure. Maybe if there were just another extra long pocket I could zip or snap closed? Anyway, it hasn't caused me any grief. I wish there were a 4 1/2 star rating.

To close on a positive point, I really like the zipper going all the way around the edge. The bag can open completely and almost lie flat, so it's easy to grab things from the bottom. The whole thing is also really sturdy and keeps its shape. I'm not worried about it bending! As a bonus, I love the colour.

Overall, very happy with the purchase!
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I use these leads to...
October 10, 2014
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I use these leads to sketch underneath comic pages and illustrations. They're more precision and less fuss compared to similar red pencils and leads, but here's the breakdown:

Cons:
The marks do NOT want to erase. Not even a little.
The lead is still quite delicate and snaps off easily. I don't recommend it for writing and you should keep and eye on how far you advance your lead.

Pros:
This is a true red. Not pink or purple, as I've run into with other brands.
The point is nice and sharp. Good for precise lines.
Less smudging than Prismacolour or Staedtler leads.
No problems with catching, snagging or sliding on different surfaces. I've used it on toothy sketchbook paper, smooth and vellum surfaces.

I've come to rely on it as my main "clean" sketching lead. Definitely give it a try if you're doing page layouts or inking.
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I didn't need these books...
October 10, 2014
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I didn't need these books at all. Totally frivolous purchase. But they look so niiiice...
As it turns out, they also take a whole bunch of materials like a champ! I've used gel, felt, fountain and brush pens with no bleedthrough at all, and only the beginning of bleeding with a sharpie. It's a smooth, strong paper and the book is a good size for doodling, with the added real estate of being able to use both sides of the page. The colours are a lot of fun, too!
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This is a really nice,...
October 10, 2014
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This is a really nice, deep red. It looks more like the colour in the bottle/lid pictures than the more orange red on the colour swatch, veeeeerrryy slight pink to it.
I'm using it with a fine nib and it looks great on paper, not faded or weak at all. Unfortunately, if you aren't very neat about getting it into the converter, it can look a little... violent. I went around with a couple of bloody fingertips for half a day.
I was worried that such...
April 24, 2014
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I was worried that such a thin lead (I'm using Hi-Uni)would be awkward to draw with or disappear on the page, but it shows up pretty dark and easily visible. If you're worried about a 0.3 for sketching, I say go ahead! It's replaced my 0.5 and I haven't looked back yet.

The pencil is very light overall, but the metal grip gives it a comfortable heft. Good for long periods of use. The one problem I found with it is that the edges of the clip are a bit pointy, and it wound up getting in the way as I rotated the pencil... aaand then I discovered that the clip slides off and felt a bit silly. So yeah! The clip slides off! Good to know.

Very decent pencil, and I love the colour.
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