December 18, 2013
I own both these and the Tachikawa G-Pen nibs, so pretty much both ends of the
spectrum. While the G-Pen nibs are flexible and have very nice ink flow, these
are much harder and I'm not terribly impressed with the ink flow. I was doing
some warm-up drawing, getting a feel for these and working the shakes out of my
hand, and I couldn't draw a line longer than maybe 4 1/2 to 5 inches without it
skipping. Did not matter how hard I pressed, either. I tried it both before and
after lighting the tip and the results were the same. I decided to try and ink a
full drawing with it anyways, though (For comparison, I use an ink that is very
cleanable with plain ol' water, so I wasn't letting my pen gunk up and then
wondering what was wrong).
On the plus side though, the lines I did make with this were very nice. I would
like to try the soft version of this nib and see just how fine the lines could
become. I was able to get down to about half the width of my pencil lines and
added details that none of my other pens would have done or done as well. As
long as I was careful, cleaned it often and took my time, the skipping was not
too big of an issue in the test image I did. That being said I would still be
very cautious to use this on something bigger or something I was serious about
inking perfectly. The more you have to fix lines, the more imperfections there
will be, and that's my biggest takeaway from this nib.
If you're interested in a maru nib, make sure you want a hard version and not a
soft version, because Tachikawa makes those too.