This is the best pencil holder I've used - by a wide margin. The push-button
makes inserting and adjusting the pencil's extension length trivially easy. It
takes pencils with thicker enamel coatings (most artist's pencils) without
damaging them. I'm sure the jaws cause some small amount of wear on the
pencil's paintjob, but I haven't really noticed any.
The eraser hidden under the end cap has turned out to be surprisingly handy.
It's certainly not as nice as a kneaded eraser, which I try to have on hand, but
it's wonderful to have it as backup.
Despite being metal, the aluminum is very lightweight and I don't find the
holder to put the pencil out of balance. The jaws are low enough in profile
that gripping the holder around the jaw area, while not ideal, is not a painful
experience. In all, it's very comfortable, especially compared to the holders
which use metal rings to tighten the grip. It's way more comfortable than those
Because of the easy push-button jaw release, it would make an excellent point
protector as well as holder - just reverse the pencil and you're set!
Another nice feature is that with the eraser and end cap removed, the holder
becomes completely hollow for its entire length, allowing you to use it with any
length pencil, even brand new ones, if you wish.
In all, I can't say enough good things about it. For a while, I considered
buying another one so that I can use several short pencils at the same time -
but it's actually so easy to swap pencils in this holder, that really becomes an
As for durability, only time will tell. I've used up the last two inches of a 2B
Staedtler Mars Lumograph at my desk with no problems, but I've not tried
something more abusive like pocket carry.
The Platinum Carbon pen allows you to use the waterproof Carbon Ink in a
fountain pen. After having used this pen for a while, I can recommend it.
I also own the Rotring Art Pen, which is a similar concept. The Rotring uses
typical fountain pen ink, which washes away with any water-based media (like
watercolor). I also found the Rotring to have flow issues (it was difficult to
get it started). If you left it unused for a while, forget about using it
without some maintenance.
The Carbon pen seems to address these issues. Plus, it's cheap. I don't think
you'll find a better deal on a waterproof ink-based sketching pen. I'm really
pleased with this find. Maybe now I can stop lugging bottles of ink with me when
If you're an artist who likes to use any sort of wash over an inked drawing, I
can recommend this ink, particularly with the Carbon Pen by Platinum. It is,
indeed waterproof. I did a sketch and submersed it in the sink. The lines
remained crisp. This is great news if you like waterproof ink but find it
challenging to carry a bottle and dip pen around with you everywhere.
What a great deal! I purchased this pen because of its price and compactness. It
seemed like the perfect size, so I threw it in my pocket. What's amazing is that
every time I've pulled it out to write or draw, the ink begins to flow perfectly
at the very first stroke. I've never owned an expensive fountain pen, so maybe
that's nothing special. But none of the other FPs I own can do that...especially
after being in my pocket for weeks. Even more amazing is that it has yet to lose
even a single drop of ink in the screw-on cap. I love it so much, I'm thinking
about getting another.