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Zebra nuSpiral CC Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Light Green Grip - ZEBRA MA-51-CLG
  This is definitely my..., May 8, 2014
This is definitely my favorite mechanical pencil! I do a LOT of pencil drawing, and while I routinely carry around 4 or 5 pencils (mostly for back-up in case I loose one or I need to loan one out), this is always the one I grab. I'm not sure if it's the size or the weight or that wonderful squishy grip, but I never get hand fatigue after hours of drawing like I used to with other pencils. If you need a tool that you can easily use for hours on end, get one of these! Well worth the price.
Kum PenCut Pen-Style Scissors - Green - KUM 507.12.22 G
  I love these scissors!..., October 8, 2011
I love these scissors! They're by far more convenient and travel-friendly than any normal pair of scissors out there. I showed these to relatives while I was on vacation, and all of them were in awe, asking where I got them. They're just so handy to have around, throw in a bag, whatever!

As an added bonus: since they look like a pen, airlines don't hassle you if you forget they're in your purse or carry-on. Not that I endorse bringing them purposefully to "test" the airline security workers, but those of you out there who have had nail clippers/trimmers/small scissors confiscated & thrown away because you forgot you had them... well, you know what I'm talking about.
Pilot Pocket Brush Pen - Hard - PILOT P-SV-30KK-B
  I purchased this pen..., May 26, 2011
I purchased this pen because I had fallen in love with Pilot's duel black & gray brush pen, but wasn't able to replace it once the black side ran out of ink. I was hoping this pen, being it's by the same manufacturer & labeled "hard" would be a close match. Sadly, I was disappointed. It's definitely softer than the duel pen's tip, which is why I was so excited by it in the first place. The ink is still nice and dark and copic-proof (can't say if it's waterproof though), but since I'm a little more heavy handed I need my brush pens to be a bit sturdier. I'm sure I could get used to this one with a bit of practice, but as for now I'm sadly lamenting not having my perfect pen. :(
Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen - Black / Gray Ink - PILOT SVW-20KKN-UBB
  I just got this pen to..., April 29, 2011
I just got this pen to use for my illustration & comic work. I've done one small drawing with it, and it worked great! When I colored over the lines with my markers (half copics, half trias) it didn't bleed at all. Tip is nice and firm, just waiting out to see how well it holds it's sharp tip with continued use. But so far I'm loving it. :D
Prismacolor Wooden Pencil Sharpener - SANFORD 24188
  Doesn't preform any better..., March 12, 2011
Doesn't preform any better than a normal pencil sharpener. It will still break your prismacolor's soft lead and waste a lot of your pencil. Also, because the pencil shavings holding area is so small, it gets clogged after sharpening maybe 2 pencils. NOT worth it when you can get another small pencil sharpener for half the price that does and equal or better job.
Sakura Gelly Roll Regular Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - White - SAKURA 37819
  This used to be my go-to..., March 12, 2011
This used to be my go-to white pen of choice (before I discovered Uni-Ball's white pens). It has a nice consistent line and on plain paper it works very well; for most people who will only be using it to write on dark paper, they're excellent pens.

However, for what I use white pens for (drawing highlights overtop of marker colored drawings), often it would soak up the pigment from the marker underneath and turn a light shade of that color, rather than a flat white. If that's a look that you want (a lightly colored mark to match the color under it, instead of just flat bold white), than these work very well. However, if you want your white pen to be WHITE, no matter what, I'd try a different pen.
Copic Multiliner SP Pen - Brush Tip - Black - COPIC MLSPBP
  It's a nice pen... IF..., February 27, 2011
It's a nice pen... IF you don't mind having to replace the brush nib after 1 or 2 drawings.

When I'd first found this pen, I was so excited. It feels substantial and weighty, and the fact that I could refill it and not just throw it away & replace it when it dried up drew me in. But the brush tip frays worse than almost ANY other brush pen I've tried before. Plus, it's extremely soft and was hard for me to control (though some may like that).

Honestly, if you're looking at the multiliners I'd go with the set sized ones before going with the brush. And if you REALLY want a good brush, I prefer Uniball's pocket brush pens. They blow this one out of the water. Now if only THOSE were refillable...
Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen - White Ink - UNI UM153.1
  For some reason white..., February 27, 2011
For some reason white is a hard color for most gel pens to get right, but Uniball is the best I've tried (and I've tried a LOT). It's smooth and bold, and doesn't have have the "I'm acting like I'm dry even though it's clear I'm full of ink" issue a lot of gel pens seem to have. If you're looking for an excellent white pen, this is it!!
Uni Pocket Brush Pen - Fine - UNI PFK304.24
  I've used so many different..., February 27, 2011
I've used so many different brush pens over the years, but had until recently given up on them out of frustration. They all had problems; they frayed or dried out quickly, they were difficult to control, or they were too expensive for the quality I got. I was recommended this pen by a fellow artist, and I've got to say so far I'm in love. The other major issue I find with pens is their marker resistance, as I do a lot of work with copic markers and found that some pens, even if marked "water resistant" or even "waterPROOF", will bleed when I go over them with markers. I did my first full colored picture I had inked with these pens, and there was absolutely no bleeding at all. By far the best brush pen I have EVER used!!
Kutsuwa Dr. Ion Mega Pencil Case - Beige - KUTSUWA 168DRBE
  I got the tan case about..., February 27, 2011
I got the tan case about a month ago, and I love it. It's the perfect size for all my pencils, pens, lead refills & erasers, plus extra. I'm so used to cases being too small and having to switch supplies in and out (leading to things getting lost; "where did I put my brush pen?") OR cases that are too big and won't travel easily. True it's a little on the pricier side, but the quality is very nice for what you get and is more than enough to hold all the essentials. Definitely recommend it! :D
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