Zebra G-Pen, by far the...
, August 7, 2011
Zebra G-Pen, by far the most popular of the G-Pen Nibs used in Japan. Is this
just hype or is there a valid rason as to why the popularity of the Zebra G
deserves the hype? When the nib is fresh out of the box, it has a distinctive
hard,stiff touch comparible to that of the Tachikawa. Unlike the Tachikawa,
however, this nib makes a far more variety of lines compared to that nib and
despite the hard feeling, it doesn't feel stiff at all. The hardness is also a
very good indicator that it is still very good to use, and also allows the
finest lines that this G-Pen can make, similar to that of the MaruPen, however a
little thicker than what Type A Hard-type Maru-Pen can make, but still at a
satisfying thinness. As the pen gets used up, the stiffness disappears,
indicating that the pen has a little more freedom in making varied lines a
little easier but gradually loses the ability to make the Maru-Pen like thin
lines, however it can still make thin lines when it is at a "medium used" stage.
By this time the pen can be able to express thick lines much better and switch
between variation with ease. I have also noticed that this pen can be used for a
very long time, especially if you're using a strong waterproof ink like Kaimei
Lettering Sol or Kuretake Manga Ink, if you constantly wipe the ink off with a
solution or water. Awesome use-span! Let's say that it can last for a good 20
-30 pages if taken care of properly. In closing, the Zebra G-Pen is by far one
of the best pens to use out there, especially if you're doing a manga and
calligraphy, this pen is a must. It also pairs up with any ink, whether black or
colored,waterproof or water-soluble, perfectly.