Best pencil sharpener I have ever used. From electronic to generic Staples
pencil sharpeners, this pencil sharpener easily outclasses all the rest. Lead
breakage is rare unless it's from the pencil's lead problem. The cut is very
very clean. The orb/ball thing allows to you vary the sharpness of the lead and
the highest level gives a very sharp point.
My only complaint is that even with the cover, lead shavings do leak and escape
if you shake it. Not a big problem considering I usually empty it before going
It was on the close-out section and I couldn't pass up a relatively cheap pencil
Much to my surprise, it was pretty small. To be more exact, I couldn't visualize
the 7.5 in length in the description. It does fit my assorted 13 pens and
markers. Looks nice and basic.
Great pen for detailed works. Nice dark ink and flows beautifully.
It does however, smudge a little, but that was stated in the description (which
I missed). When you run Copics or other art markers on it, it only darkens
around the marked area and smudges if you drag it out. On bristol paper, it
doesn't smudge however.
Absolutely love this ink! No smudging whatsoever with my Copics. My Speedball
India ink smudges horribly with my current paper. Higgens drawing ink didn't
fare any better.
As I was beginning to think it was my paper (some type of smooth paper, not
exactly bristol, but not some cheap printer paper. It's 180g/ m paper), this ink
does not smudge no matter how much I douse the page with ink.
My only complaint is the opening isn't so big, but there's a nifty holder next
Love this nib. It makes the thinnest lines possible with just skimming the paper
and can also make thick lines. Holds a lot of ink. Perfect for manga artists.
I'm giving up my Speedball nibs for these.
On a side note: When I got these, I was stupidly eager and went ahead and
prepared all of them for usage (getting off the wax). It never occurred to me
that I'm never going to go through 10 nibs soon and that it can possible rust
form storage. Just prepare the ones you are going to use.
Looks as great as it functions. I bought most of the Zebra pen nibs with this
holder (G, Tama, and School. All chrome versions) and none of them fall out
while using. The cap secures nicely on both ends.
First thing I noticed was the smell. Smells like milk, so I'd say its calcium
based. With it being calcium based, calcium sinks to the bottom. So you have to
shake it every time you want to use it. Shaking it makes bubbles.
I think a brush would work wonders (I've never tried it), but you can use a pen
nib. It's just that the bubbles don't give you much ink so you have to go deeper
into the bubbles which makes a mess on your pen holder and gets all over your
nib. Cleaning this is just like cleaning glue, it's not hard but a hassle to get
your stuff clean.
About the actual ink, it works to some degree. When I was using it on black
India ink, it sort of mixed with it even after drying and it came out slightly
grey. It wasn't as flat as I thought it'd be too.
It's really good if you use it often. More like you NEED to use it if you want
to keep it alive. Mine broke from just leaving it alone for two weeks after
being swamped with school work. The ink inside the cartridge and some on the nib
itself dried up and now I get inconsistent ink flow. If you really want to learn
how to use a pen nib, this is a good intro to your learning, but actual dip pens
with nibs are much easier to care for.