The main advantage of this refill is that it is a perfect replacement for the
mediocre refill (SJ-7) that comes in the Mitsubishi Pure Malt pen (SS2005). The
pen then becomes a well-balanced, great looking, and great writing pen.
[UPDATE] Above, the ink that it was compared to was the Sepia ink for the
parallel pen and not Noodler's walnut, which is a
I have two other Iroshizuku inks—Momiji and Konpeki—and loved the rich
colors. Consequently, when this came out I thought I would add it to my
collection of sepia/dark brown inks even though I've been relatively happy with
Noodler's Walnut ink. Unfortunately, I've been quite disappointed with
yama-guri. First, I tested it on Rhodia, Fabrio Medievalis, and card stock and
found that it is rather faint requiring multiple passes to reach a dark brown. I
would place it as a light to medium brown and not a dark brown. This lightness
may be useful for drawing or ink painting but makes it a frustrating ink for
writing. Secondly, it has a very slight greenish cast to it whereas I had
assumed that a chestnut would have a bit more red to it.
So, I had mine for a couple of days and could use the Leadholder for both
writing and drawing. I generally agree with vietnamezeducky's review but will
elaborate on two points.
1) The clip. Although I personally like the look of the clip, it's bad design.
There are three purposes for the pocket clip (in order of importance)
a) to give the pencil a distinctive look
b) to keep the pencil from rolling off a table
c) to keep it from falling out of your pocket.
The clip satisfies the first two but utterly fails on the third. The pencil fell
out of my pocket continuously. It simply does not provide any friction.
Secondly, because of the high arc, it doesn't keep the pencil upright in your
pocket so that it slumps over. Finally, I really worry because it looks fragile
and one needs to push down on it to advance the lead.
2) The interior tube to hold the lead is plastic, probably HDPE. The previous
reviewer suggested that this was not unusual. In my experience, this is very
unusual. I have many (too many) leadholders from multiple manufacturers with
both clutch and click mechanisms, and this is the only one to have a plastic
lead tube. My best guess is that this was to keep the weight down.
That said. The Locus looks fantastic, is well-balanced, feels good in the hand,
and has just the right amount of grip for the weight.
The pencils are very comfortable to hold, and the lead advance is convenient.
Unfortunately, of all the WC pencils I've tried (Faber-Castell, Caran d'Ache
Museum, Derwent) these appear to have the least pigment. I tried several
techniquesâ€”direct writing, picking the paint up from lead,
bothâ€”but could never get an intense color. For reference, I was working
on Arches hot-pressed. My current strategy is to use up the leads and replace
with leads from the C d'A Museum line. I've also seen that Pilot's new version
of these is black and comes with a nifty carrying case. Refills are also being
sold. In an ideal world, Pilot would also have improved the leads. If Jetpens
picks up the new version, I may try them.