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#1 HenryLouis

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 23:36



whoops, cut out something. It's supposed to say cramp at the end.

Edited by HenryLouis, 19 June 2009 - 23:37.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 23:47

Why don't you just carry around a few pilot varsitys. they are cheap, disposable, and a fountain pen that you can lend without having to wonder whether someone will steal/break it

Edited by MYU, 20 June 2009 - 04:39.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 00:42

Absolutely blasphemous! yikes.gif

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#4 MYU

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 15:04

Well Henry, you have the distinction of being the first to review a marker on FPN! laugh.gif

Nice review, though. I like your macro shots--really shows off the felt tip. FYI, you will find the review indexed in the "Other" category under Markers-->Sharpie.

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#5 inkcoffee

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 19:01

I carry either a Sakura Pigma Micron felt tip 0.25mm or a Uniball Power Tank ballpoint (both available at Jetpens, no affiliation) as a backup or a loaner.

Great pictures.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 20:17

In my opinion porous point pens are the only things that write anywhere close to a fountain pen. Although the Sharpie Pens aren't my favorite of them all, that would be the Pilot Razor Point II, they are still excellent pocket pens with large ink capacity. I believe they came out at the beginning of the school year (Fall '09) and my friends were enthralled by them. Great for doodling during class. Thanks for the review Henry. It's definitely a first, but a welcome one.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 20:28

QUOTE (Thornton @ Jun 20 2009, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In my opinion porous point pens are the only things that write anywhere close to a fountain pen. Although the Sharpie Pens aren't my favorite of them all, that would be the Pilot Razor Point II, they are still excellent pocket pens with large ink capacity. I believe they came out at the beginning of the school year (Fall '09) and my friends were enthralled by them. Great for doodling during class. Thanks for the review Henry. It's definitely a first, but a welcome one.


Yes, a lot of students use Sharpie pens, including me before I started writing with a fountain pen.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 20:28

I don't care for Sharpies for a number of reasons. My fav marker/pen/ are the Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens. I love them to write & draw - and they are my pen of choice when I don't have a FP. (I usually don't travel with FP's) I also like them because I find many other similar products to be uncomfortable to hold.


QUOTE (HenryLouis @ Jun 19 2009, 07:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


whoops, cut out something. It's supposed to say cramp at the end.



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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:16

nice pix. i got the new stainless steel one ("flighter" wink.gif ). alas, it doesn't come with the fine needle point like yours, but the built and looks are great.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 17:49

QUOTE (HenryLouis @ Jun 20 2009, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Thornton @ Jun 20 2009, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In my opinion porous point pens are the only things that write anywhere close to a fountain pen. Although the Sharpie Pens aren't my favorite of them all, that would be the Pilot Razor Point II, they are still excellent pocket pens with large ink capacity. I believe they came out at the beginning of the school year (Fall '09) and my friends were enthralled by them. Great for doodling during class. Thanks for the review Henry. It's definitely a first, but a welcome one.


Yes, a lot of students use Sharpie pens, including me before I started writing with a fountain pen.



I've never seen anybody use a pen like this before in my school, but I will buy one to compare it to my varsity
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 14:21

Just to clarify a point: the Sharpie Pen is unlike Sharpie markers - the point is much harder and slightly finer than the "ultra fine point" marker, and the ink formulation seems a little different. I don't smell the solvent aroma from the pens, and the inks feather and bleed less than the marker.

I got my office to buy a few boxes, and while they aren't fountain pens, I agree with Thornton. These are very close to the Pilot Razor Points, which are darned hard to find around here. They dry very quickly (good for lefties), and the red ink is very bright, making corrections easy to spot. I wish the section were a bit larger - if these fit into the Sherpa shell, I'd be very happy.

I've done some unscientific testing, and the ink is waterproof, bleach-proof, and Simple-Green proof.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 14:44

QUOTE (jmw19 @ Jun 22 2009, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just to clarify a point: the Sharpie Pen is unlike Sharpie markers - the point is much harder and slightly finer than the "ultra fine point" marker, and the ink formulation seems a little different. I don't smell the solvent aroma from the pens, and the inks feather and bleed less than the marker.

I got my office to buy a few boxes, and while they aren't fountain pens, I agree with Thornton. These are very close to the Pilot Razor Points, which are darned hard to find around here. They dry very quickly (good for lefties), and the red ink is very bright, making corrections easy to spot. I wish the section were a bit larger - if these fit into the Sherpa shell, I'd be very happy.

I've done some unscientific testing, and the ink is waterproof, bleach-proof, and Simple-Green proof.


On the box, they advertise :
Won't bleed through paper
Great for note taking
Durable and smudge resistant
Precise, consistent line width
4 bold colors
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:04

QUOTE (jmw19 @ Jun 22 2009, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just to clarify a point: the Sharpie Pen is unlike Sharpie markers - the point is much harder and slightly finer than the "ultra fine point" marker, and the ink formulation seems a little different. I don't smell the solvent aroma from the pens, and the inks feather and bleed less than the marker.

I got my office to buy a few boxes, and while they aren't fountain pens, I agree with Thornton. These are very close to the Pilot Razor Points, which are darned hard to find around here. They dry very quickly (good for lefties), and the red ink is very bright, making corrections easy to spot. I wish the section were a bit larger - if these fit into the Sherpa shell, I'd be very happy.

I've done some unscientific testing, and the ink is waterproof, bleach-proof, and Simple-Green proof.


Unfortunately, it's becoming harder and harder to find Razor Point II's.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:56

Picked up a two pack at Walmart.

I am giving them a try.


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 14:01

Yes, sometimes one must find an alternative to a FP. I have used a Sharpie Pen and found it to be effective and some fun to use. My main objection to them is the thin diameter of the pen, which for me is too narrow. The pens are also quite light and insubstantial to me. I find these pens okay for some applications, but I would not like to use one for extended writing. I do understand that others love them.

Edited by FrankB, 23 June 2009 - 14:02.


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 14:15

So far, I am having trouble finding a comfortable grip.

This is the only objection I have found.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 14:43

QUOTE (RLTodd @ Jun 23 2009, 10:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So far, I am having trouble finding a comfortable grip.

This is the only objection I have found.



Yeah the grip section is a bit off, but oh well.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 13:16

I used to use a full black body tapered tip "sharpey-like" marker for all my writing needs, but the felt tip would wear down and the lines were too broad for many practical uses.

Since I was 12 I've always had a tendency towards using heavy writing pens-- anything else like a pencil, or waxy writing BIC felt weird. I've gone through quite a few brands.

I started with the Pilot V5, but whenever the tip became misaligned that pen was done...but I loved the consistent flow and smooth writing it gave. However the needle tip was a problem and of course they were on the more expensive side.

I also used the Pilot G2 but they never seem to have a consistent flow to them....very finicky pens in my experience (atleast 100). they either worked flawlessly or they'd give me headaches all week. The humidity, temp, and time spent on a shelf seem to make them picky writers.

My point being I don't think I could replace my fountain pen with a sharpy because of the tendency for those tips to wear and eventually start to fray a bit, but the V5 is a great alternative for a cap pen, and the G2 isn't too bad but it's far from fountain pen, sharpy, or V5 performance.

I just wish the V5 came in a clicky top so I could use it as an alternative... Working with patients using my fountain pen can be a hastle when using the cap even if I keep the cap clicked to my coat for "katana" style access. I'm still a student but the few patients I have seen it seems clumsy. I'll probably pickup a Pilot VP eventually.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 16:04

Does anyone know if these fit into the sherpa covers? I too find them too thin, but I like the way they write. N_G

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 17:32

These have been my primary writing instruments for the past year or so. Before finding this place last month, I had planned on stocking enough of them to universally replace the schizophrenic ball point forever. They write well enough, and are small and convenient to carry.






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