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  I want to love this pen,..., June 19, 2010
I want to love this pen, but so far I'm not sure.

The good: this pen is one of the most responsive brush tips I've used (and I've bought quite a few from JetPens!). It goes from thick to thin in no time, which is awesome for expressive drawings. Snaps back to a point pretty easily too-- granted I've only had it a few days, but I'm impressed with the quality. The packaging and pen itself are very nice and I feel like I bought a pen I'll have for a long time, which I definitely like.

The less-good: The ink. It's a very wet, not super-dark ink-- I can forgive the color, as when I scan drawings in it's usually not an issue. But I've tried using this on cheap printer paper, plate bristol board, a Maruman Mnemosyne sketchbook (my favorite!) and two brands of marker paper with varying results. I'm a lefty, and so fretting about smudging is not a new issue for me-- but still, it didn't dry fast (and I'm in a super-dry climate in Arizona, so I can only imagine how it'd be in a more humid place) and in the Mnemosyne there is a tiny amount of feathering (although it seems to dry fastest on that paper). While the feathering is not the end of the world and could be much worse, it is a bit of a disappointment.

I'm curious about using the converter, but nervous it might muck up the pen. There's not a lot of information on the internet, and I've heard some people say good and bad things about replacing the ink with the Platinum Carbon ink... I have Noodler's ink here though, so if it is a better match perhaps I'll give it a shot.

Overall this is a bittersweet brushpen-- awesome for its 'hardware' but at least for me a bit lacking when it comes to the 'software'. Better ink would make this an amazing pen! For now I'll just say it's really pretty good and perhaps experiment to find a better ink solution.
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