||Whether you're a begginner doodling for fun or have been a serious practitioner for years, the pilot parallel is a great option for anyone interested in calligraphy.
Like the description says, the nibs on these pens consist of two parallel metal plates that allow ink to flow in between, giving you very clean and crispy lines.
What the description doesn't mention is that if you have more than one pen, no matter what sized nib, you can gradate different colors simply by touching the nibs of 2 or more pens (holding one upside down allows it's ink to flow into one being held right side up). It's a fun, quick and effective way to create gradients while writing. The more pens and colors of ink you have, the more possibilities.
The ink cartridges that pilot makes are great quality for the price. They do tend to take some time to fully dry on glossier paper so be mindful if you're aiming for cleanliness.
You can always upgrade by refilling empty cartidges with your favorite WATERCOLOR ink, so don't toss your empties when you're done. Reuse, reduce, recycle (:
***Do Not Use Anything Other Than WATERCOLOR Ink*** Other inks tend to be too thick and you risk damaging your nib and feed system beyond repair. That means none of the buttery alcohol based pilot ink we all love. Sorry, learn from my mistakes people.
Smoother paper will require you to clean your pen less frequently, rougher paper more often since paper fibers will accumulate in the nib faster.
Comes with everything you need to keep your pen in top shape. Only takes a few minutes to clean, which you won't need to do very often.
The affordability and easy maintainence make it as great a tool for a novice as the reliability and performance make it for someone who has spent many hours honing a craft.
As usual Art Primo brings you great products at prices that beat the big chain art supplies stores. Pick a couple pens and a pack of cartridges. You won't be dissapointed.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
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