Note 2012.04.14: Contest is closed and winner has been contacted but feel free to keep posting your suggestions! I'm all ears!
Today's post wraps up my week-long blog series about some of my favorite writing and drawing instruments! Thanks so much to everyone for their -great- suggestions/ recommendations! I've found a few new items to add to my own shopping list the next time I need to put an order thru! (And that's kinda soon, now that I think about it...)
Posts will close at 5pm TODAY (Friday, the 13th!) and we'll be doing a random drawing!
So, on to the conclusion -- Part 4: Pens Galore! (Read On!)
Perhaps I should have started with the general pens category, but I couldn't resist talking about some of my favorite specialty goods! I've seen some -great- recommendations thus far, and I hope you have a few more to contribute to this post! If not, maybe tell me something on your personal wish list from JetPens! You never know... that wish might come true? :D
Let's get started!
#1 Pilot Prera Fountain Pen - Fine Point
Aside from a so-so experience with a Pilot Cavalier pen (mostly because the ink didn't really work well with the nib), this is my first experience with a true fountain pen and probably the best so far.
So much so, I bought two. ^^;
I've used this pen to do a bunch of autobiographical comics a handful of years back. (I suggest giving them a read - some of them are pretty funny. I should start them up again sometime...:3 )
I pair it with the matching CON-50 converter and use Noodler's Polar Black Ink when drawing.
#2 Uniball Signo DX 151 - 0.38mm
Uniball has many gel ink pens. Uniball has many point sizes and variations on their pens... but this specific pen is my absolute favorite. Both Scott and I have sort of stockpiled these pens for the coming apocalypse. Or something.
The Signo is comfortable to hold and writes fine lines (like all micro gel pens), but the biggest bonus is that the ink is practically waterproof. (Just make sure it's dry before doing any washes.)
I also like the capped version better than the retractable versions because I've had faulty mechanisms in a few of my pens. I also find the pen writes a little different. Call me picky, but I like my pens consistent and predictable! ':3
One of the best all-purpose writing pens on the market. Hands down!
Sakura is probably the best known multiliner brand, followed by Copic and Deleter. They're the staple disposable technical pen for most artists. I'm no different. But I prefer the Sakura pens as they are a little darker and more eraser-resistant than other brands I've tried. They're also easily found nowadays and affordable.
My usual lineup consists of 03, 05, and 08s for most of my drawing needs. :D
A while back, I found out about the -blue- barreled versions of the pens they sold in Japan. From what I understand, they're the exact same formula as the US version, different packaging. I picked up a few from Kinokuniya the last time we were in California and I haven't noticed a difference. So, just passing that info along. :D
Lastly, this is my favorite drawing ink for inking comics with steel nibs. It's an easy-to-use ink that dries quickly and draws nice, smooth lines on comic paper and bristol board. Also, when the ink is fresh, it has a pleasant, faint, "herbal medicine" kind of scent.
Like the Kuretake Fudegokochi sign pens, the ink is a little shiny when wet and "sits" on the surface of the paper, which also means it doesn't "bleed" and "feather" much.
Final note -- this is not an all-purpose ink. It's not waterproof and should not be used in fountain pens. I don't even recommend it for brush inking -- there are better inks for that. :3
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And there you have it!
Once again! Let me know what your favorites/recommendations are! Responses will be accepted until 5pm Hawaii Standard Time to all four (4) blog posts! :D The winner will be drawn via random number generator and contacted via e-mail!
Good luck everyone and again, a big thank you to JetPens for hosting this! :D