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Platinum Carbon Ink - 60 ml Bottle - Black - PLATINUM INKC-1500
  I'm a long-time user..., December 29, 2012
I'm a long-time user of Cabon and other pigmented inks in my fountain pens. I keep Platinum Carbon in my Pilot Vanishing Point (F), which is my daily-carry pen, as well as my Pelikan Souverän M1000 and Omas Ogiva fountain pens. The Pelikan and Omas have customized extra-fine nibs and optimized feeds for those nibs, but Carbon flows just as freely through them as any Noodler's, Omas, Iroshizuku, or Pelikan inks I've used in them. I've had Carbon sit idly in my Omas for weeks at a time and had no hard starts nor feeding issues with it.

Bear in mind that I'm rather meticulous (feel free to call me anal retentive if you want) when it comes to cleaning my pens: I flush with cool, clean water until it runs mostly clear; flush with a mild amonia solution two or three times; soak the entire nib and feed section (yes, I disassemble my expensive, piston-fill pens too) in the same kind of mild amonia solution overnight; flush three or four times with cool, fresh water; leave nib and section to dry overnight.

Using that procedure, I've never had flow nor clogging issues.

In terms of the properties of this particular ink, it is quite completely waterproof AFTER IT'S HAD A CHANCE TO DRY FULLY. If you're going to be going over the lines with a wash or markers, I'd strongly suggest giving it a full hour to dry even though if you've only done line work with Carbon it ought to be dry enough after five or so minutes (tops).

The color is rich and dark enough, depending on how "dry" or "wet" your feed is. This is not an ink intended for use with dip pens (although I've used it with pointed pens after mixing in some gum arabic with excellent results). I will say that with my drier pens, the color isn't quite as saturated as a few of Noodler's blacks, but to my eye it seems at least as dark as Noodler's most popular "Bulletproof" black; and without the smell of his "Bulletproof" inks!

As I mentioned before, I always keep my daily-carry pen filled with this Carbon ink and plan on continuing to do so until Platinum stops making it, which I hope never happens in my lifetime.

HTH & YMMV
Staedtler Pigment Liners Marker Pen - Set of 4 Line Widths - Black - STAEDTLER 308 A6WP403
  I've kept a set of these..., October 26, 2011
I've kept a set of these pigment markers in my "man purse" for years and have often been exceedingly glad of it.

The case makes it very convenient to carry around and while the easel top is nifty, but the pressure it puts on the pens makes it somewhat awkward to slide one out. The lid does fold back and present the pens, but it also places pressure on the pen caps. This isn't that big a deal if you're fairly dexterous and can pull on a pen while pushing lightly on the closed and folded lid, but I've always seen it as a design flaw; great idea, not-so-great design.

The markers themselves have been handy for everything from labeling CDs/DVDs to jotting notes on the run. I don't actually use them that often for drawing since I prefer to use a customized fountain pen with an exceptionally flexible nib or rapidograph pens, but they've been my go-to alternative to Sharpies ever since I first discovered them.

As with other fiber-tip, pigment markers, you do have to be mindfull of possible tip glazing but a few swipes on a piece of scrap paper usually takes care of any issues.

The ink itself is dark (with respect to the line widths) and I've never had any complaints about it or its permanence.

As for longevity, keep in mind that it varies depending on the width of the tip. The .7mm marker will run through ink about seven times more quickly than the .1mm marker. This hasn't often been an issue for me since I'm most likely to use the .1 or .3mm but having the .7mm handy has been very convenient on more than a few occasions.

Another slight issue I've had is that the clips aren't really that sturdy. I'm not sure how long the anchoring "tabs" are on the inside of the caps, but I've had more than one loosen up outrageously after only moderate use. It's not really that big a deal since I most often keep them in the case, but it might be an issue for others.

HTH.
Kutsuwa Duplex Tri-Fold Pencil Case - Large - Blue - KUTSUWA AK235BL
  Is this case available..., November 2, 2010
Is this case available in black or green?
Kutsuwa Edwin Puffy Pencil Case - Blue - KUTSUWA 141EWBL
  Are you going to stock..., October 30, 2010
Are you going to stock the Black?!?!?!?!?

Please?
Pentel Ain Clic Knock Triangular Eraser with Clip - Metallic Blue Body - PENTEL XZE15-MC
  In response to a couple..., October 26, 2010
In response to a couple of previous reviews regarding crumbs/dust sticking to the paper:

I've also noticed this happening but I've found that lightly pressing the eraser to those clumps lifts them with almost no effect on any graphite that might be under those crumbs. There is some but I'd have to break out a loupe or magnifying glass to notice.

On the other hand, I tend to only do non-"production" sketches so I might not be the best authority.

For me this eraser works very, very well and is (in my opinion) a step up from the round click-sticks by which I used to swear. I like the shape much more since I find it to be much more versitile.

Just my opinion. HTH.
Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Eraser Small - Black - PENTEL ZEAH06AT
  I recieved this eraser..., October 26, 2010
I recieved this eraser today and thought I'd share my initial impressions:

After more than 30 sketches today, and a good deal of erasing for both correction and toning, I've found this to be a very usable eraser if somewhat smaller than I was expecting. On the other hand, compared to the MOMOs I usually use, it's not that small.

Dust:
I tend to work with a very light hand and while this block produces more dust than my other Pentel (round click-stick eraser), it's not any worse than my previous experience with MOMOs. That being said, I just killed off my last MOMO and thought I'd try these instead of just going with what I've always used. I'm planning on getting more with my next order so I thought I'd do some side-by-side comparisons and do my best to remember to write a review.

Erasing:
This is where this block really seems to excell. It seems that it takes half as many strokes to erase a mark compared to my MOMO but I won't know for sure until I've had a chance to get some more MOMOs and do a SxS comp.

Consistency:
This block feels a bit softer than I remember the MOMO being. In spite of that softness, it doesn't seem to wear out any more quickly. The nice part of the consistency is that it feels like it does a better job of grabbing the paper without wearing away at it... if that makes sense. It seems to slide over the paper itself without too much abrasion, but the softness makes it feel like it's getting a good hold of the graphite.

Toning:
I've only used it on graphite so far but it's done a good job. The performance is uniform without any unexpected snags so I can say that the manufacturing seems to be quality. (Now I wish I could say that for my last batch of kneeded erasers, but don't get me started.) Since this block's already black, I'm not sure if there's any loading going on but even after a lot of work which would typically load any of my previous white polymer erasers, this block is quite satisfactory.

I'll have to save performance with Prismacolor pencils and charcoals for the next time. HTH....
Ohto Super Promecha 1500P Drafting Pencil - 0.9 mm - OHTO PM-1509P
  I recieved this pencil..., October 25, 2010
I recieved this pencil today and thought I'd share some initial impressions:

I was rather leery at first about the sturdiness of this pencil, given my expectation that the guide pipe moved in and out of the body but was more than plesantly surprised. It isn't the guide pipe which moves but the entire assembly from the knurled gripping area to the outer sleeve which protects the guide pipe.

I was attracted to the fact that you could vary the amount of exposed guide pipe and the fact that you can adjust the amount of lead advanced per button push. I've long since gotten used to double-clicking a pencil and then tapping in the lead to adust before resuming so I've been wating one of the Steadler Regulators. The only down-side to getting the Steadler was the fact that they had fixed guide pipes. While the fixed GP promotes strength and durability, I've had too many incidents which caused damage to those oh-so fragile components from drops or bangs. This in spite of the fact that I tend to be very cautious with my pens and pencils. So a retractable GP has always been pretty high on my list of desirable features for any pencil. The fact that I can advance the point guard and grip instead of retracting the GP means I don't have to face the compromise of strength for the sake of protection.

While the lead adjustment was initially somewhat inconsistent, it soon "wore-in" and provides uniform feeding now that I've used it for a little while.

Since its arrival, I've given it a real workout. I've used it to complete over thirty sketches and have gone through two leads. Overall, I'm very pleased.

A previous reviewer mentione that the build quality seemed to have suffered compared to a previous version of this pencil. While I can't make any such comparison myself, I have to say that I was expecting something a bit sturdier than this struck me as being when I first began familiarizing myself with this pencil, but so far it has impressed me.

Another previous reviewer commented on the oddity regarding the hardness indicator and I have to agree that it's rather annoying that I can't indicate anything softer than "B" since I usually use HB, B, and 2B leads but it's not something that's going to make me absolutely insane.

The price is rather steep for most people, but I look at pens and pencils as tools since I use them on a daily basis for work. Given that the cost of one of these is 1/10th as much as I paid for any one of most of my pens, it seems quite reasonable to me. The cost involved doesn't bother me so much since I look at them as work-related investments... and tax deductable. ;-D

I'll try to remember to write a follow-up after I've abused this machine for a while.
Platinum Fountain Pen Converter - PLATINUM CONVERTER-500
  While not purchased from..., October 25, 2010
While not purchased from this site, I've been using this converter on a regular basis for years.

I own two converters from Platinum: a plain (like the one pictured/offered) and another with painted koi around the transparent portion of the barrel. Both operate identically and both work very well. I've never experienced any problems whatsoever with leaking or seepage.

Since I was tipped off to refilling cartidges with a syringe, all of my converters have been relegated to cleaning duty. This is where they really shine and show their true worth, in my opinion.

Regular maintenance is essential to the performance of any decent writing instrument and it's impossible to clean a pen (brush or fountain) thoroughly without a converter. A piston-style converter (again, in my opinion) is the best choice since bulb and press-plate types don't offer as much suction nor the level of control you can achieve with piston-actuated converters.

If you own or are planing the purchase of a pen which you hope to keep for years, I cannot recommend the importance of a good converter highly enough. HTH.
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