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Massive waste of money
on 21 June 2014
Had this pen a while now, but I've decided considering the price these things cost, they are utterly useless and end up being a huge waste of money.
• They feel and look very well made for what they are
• Unrelated to the product, but I had no difficulties with the seller. In fact I think it turned up early.
• The ink loading mechanism is difficult, but not necessarily a bad point I suppose
• Draws for a whole 5 seconds before it just stops working and scratches the paper to shreds
• The tip feel is awful to me. Its like drawing with a nail; it scratches any paper type from cartridge to bristol board
• Drawing any faster than snail movements results in inconsistent lines and / or no lines at all
So what is the point of them? Supposedly they are technical pens, producing consistent lines (apparently you have to be very slow at drawing for them to even work....) To me they are just overly expensive pens most likely simply because of a branding name, but there are many more pens our there that would do what these say they are used for 100 times better and with 100 times more ease. Just simple drawing pens like the ones faber castell make are far superior, and while still not cheap exactly, they produce far better, more reliable and consistent lines than these. And they are still a lot cheaper regardless. For about £6 less than one of these pens, you could buy an assorted pack of varying sizes of the arguably much better faber castell pens, or any other similar pens. And if you're wondering if they produces thin consistent lines like these claim to be used for, they do indeed. In fact I don't think I've ever really had that issue with almost any good quality artist-range pens anyway.
I brought this on passing recommendation, but they have simply left a disgusting taste in my mouth and a whole in my pocket. Very disappointing product. Just using it now, it draws fine for a while if I hold it at 90 degrees from the paper (because we all draw like that), but then will just stop working. Then have to shake it and get irritated by it, use it again and again and eventually it starts working again. Of course this is after its ruined you work with scratches, and even where its started to work again you can see where the two lines connect. Ironically this produces a small inconsistency in line width, the very thing these claim to not produce.
Don't buy them, get something else, but from the same seller so I don't feel so bad about this. Rotring do make fantastic mechanical pencils. :)