7. Rotring Tikky 0.5

Pen of the Day – Rotring Tikky 0.5

I’ve been using Rotring pens for more than 20 years and they have produced some great drawing pens. Sadly this is not one of them. Despite the Rotring name, the style of the ‘Rapido’ pen and claims of a 0.5 nib and “pigmented Ink”… what you actually get is a rather average, poorly balanced, inaccurate fibre-tip pen with a dull, grey/black ink and average results.

I’m happy to carry this in my pocket and even fly with it (something you must NEVER do with a rapidoxxx pen – they will piss ink everywhere with the change in air pressure if you carry one upstairs too quickly) but I am always a little disappointed when I draw with this pen.

So why do I own it? I guess I keep buying these because I live in hope that one day you will be able to get rapido-style results from a fibre tip, and if anyone can do that it must be Rotring… right?

(Shame this is only pens.. the Tikky pencil is just the best!)

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6. Acme Ink pen (Ray & Charles Eymes design)

Pen of the Day – 12th Sept 2011.

A basic fountain pen made by Acme with a choice of the short ink cartridge or a small internal pump. Three things I like about this pen:

1. The external pattern was created by Ray and Charles Eymes and it looks proper funky!

2. It has a smooth, thick nib that slows me down and helps to give my handwriting an outside chance of being read and understood.

3. It’s a beautifully weighted pen (judging by the build quality this is more through luck than judgement), almost as well balanced as the Meisterstuck.

Sadly I never remember to buy any cartridges so the pen is mostly dry

5. Pilot V Ball

Pilot V Ball. Line quality is almost as good as the Hi-Techpoint, and this is a rollerball! A good pen for general use, can be a little slow in starting and it has a harder feel than the V5.

4. Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint

Saturday 10th – Pen of the Day

Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint. A good fine line, liquid ink pen with a consistent line thickness and black ink which will not fade. The ink dry’s quickly so you don’t get much bleed on absorbent paper stock.

I used a lot of these when Rotring discontinued my all-time favourite pen (more about that later) but there are plenty of good pens like this one in my bag.

3. Pentel brush pen

The wonderful Pentel brush pen with the FP10 refill. Hard to find and even harder to use. I love drawing with this pen, or am I painting with it? Who cares. Not many pens have the ability to make me feel like Mr Miagi in the Karate Kid film, just holding the pen makes me feel calm, no longer is the blank paper in front of me a concern, I am as one with the pen.

The brush is slowly fed with black pigment ink from a sealed cartridge so you can’t work it too fast. Big sweeps and curves demand a steady hand and The ink, when dry, has a slightly grey finish if you work it too thinly on the page, but this is all about the process. It takes practice to get results with the pen but that can be just as rewarding.

The cap has a metal clip so you can carry the pen in a pocket, but frankly you would be mad to carry this anywhere about your person, its a tube of black ink, open at one end, with some hair pushed in the hole. you work it out.

Do you get the impression I’m fond of this pen?

2. Muji black rollerball

For a while now I have been buying packs of these pens, they are all over the house, in the car, at work … everywhere! I must own hundreds of them, and if I find one down the back of the sofa and start writing with it, i’m guaranteed good results. No mess, no fuss, no drama. It’s not the most comfortable of pens if you are setting out to write War & Peace, but as an everyday pen, it’s hard to beat.

1. Lamy cartridge pen – 7th September 2011

In the past few years I have come to love the Lamy range of pens (and pencils!) Fuss-free ink pens with a choice of nibs for not much cash.