The ups about this marker is that the nib is very tough and that it stains way harder then the hard to buff. The downs are that if you dont juice the nib alot it well streak pretty bad. Also it has like 3 little be be's in side witch makes it kinda loud with it in your pocket and this marker is huge. Really noticable. Good ink bad marker. If i were you i would get the pocket size forsure.(apreply) This is by far the best OTR hands down. When you break in the nib it is smooth as silk. I think you arent using it enough or correctly. Use it more.