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Reviews Written by ratfactor

July 30, 2009
The Platinum Carbon pen...
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 I vacation!

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July 30, 2009
If you're an artist who...
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.

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July 30, 2009
What a great deal! I...
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.

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