The Pen Addict

January 14, 2009

After I wrote about Slicci Pens I noticed I started getting hits from Curious I went to see what it was. True to its name it's a blog about pens; pens of all sorts. The author had mentioned my review of the Slicci pen, hence the visitors from his site.

Besides the pen blog the author has a sibling blog on notebooks (though a current post says that he is merging the two). Also at this blog you'll find links to related blogs and links to vendors who actually have the pens. So if you are interested in pens because you write with one you definitely need to visit this site. And if you are interested in pens because you sketch with one, this is a good place to begin your search for information. The only thing I wish the pen addict would add is comments about
whether or not the pens he reviews have waterproof ink! There is a
portion of the population to whom that matters and it would be the
icing on the cake. (Oh, and comments about the ink odors because that matters too.)

I recommend that you check out Pen Addict's end of the year review of pens.

  1. Reply

    Great suggestion Roz, I know that information is important to a lot of people. Thanks for the link and the kind words!

  2. OMG!!!! What a great pen site!

    • Chris
    • January 16, 2009

    Hey Roz,
    I have tried the brush pen and somehow it just isn’t “me”. I’ve been using MIcron but the tips of those (especially the small ones) is scritchy and stiff. When I write I like a nice rollerball pen, but those don’t give you much line variation. Any other suggestions for me to try?

    • Roz
    • January 16, 2009

    Chris, sometimes that’s just it, the brush isn’t for everyone, but I will say this, try it again for a couple days every 6 months or so. Sometimes our styles, abilities, and sensibilities shift and it becomes something we see our way to. I know it has really opened me up to different approaches. I go back and forth with it and fine line pens and like them both for different things.

    As to your immediate problem, what to use for varied lines, the obvious but not always convenient tool is the DIP PEN. By far the most fun and exciting of any pen option as far as lines go. I suggest you get an inexpensive holder (for the nibs) and some nibs in various sizes and try them out. Ziller makes great Soot and Glossy black inks (acrylic inks) which are great to use with this type of pen. You’ll need to do it in the home/studio first and maybe never take it traveling, but that’s the best way to get varied lines.

    My friend Ken Avidor loves those Rotring Sketch Pens. Also you can get an adaptor for them and put any ink (like Noodlers) in it that you want to use.

    I get a lot of variation, when I want to, with the Staedtler Pigment Liners, by simply writing on the edge of the point, or hardly touching.

    Fountain pens are another way to go, but frankly I’m having a difficult time finding one that I like to use. Lamys just don’t fit my hand.

    The search continues.


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