Well, I'm back and I don't know how to edit reviews. After using a single black CraftWave Sketchy twin marker everyotherdayish for a month the ink's about depleted. The marker streaks on the chisel's large end refusing to write all together on its tiny side. The brush require decent pressure to mark now, and is noticeably less fine/broken in. I was expecting a bit more life outta this thing, but it's comparable to the amount of ink in a glass magic ink marker.
Now on refilling these... With the lid on, apply pressure to the gray stripe section that holds the brush nib. One can wedge a butter knife to pry out this piece. It came out fairly easy for me, and snapped back in closing up, showing almost no sign of forced entry. As for what to fill these with: it's a gravity feed system a tubey wadding which fits to each tip. You'll need an ink (no paint).
I eye-droppered some Pilot Super Color Ink (despite its "not compatible with other markers" warning) onto the wadding, and that's brought it back to life. Pilot or magic ink might weaken the plastic long term, but might be worth it for stronger writes on outdoor surfaces. There are likely inks out there better suited to refill these (Spectrum Noir?), I just liked what it came with and wished it had more.
Dope lil' cans. Tiny size makes 'em easy to bring along or stash. One may use a magnet to silence the metal mixing ball. Silly string will come out before paint, so make sure you do some test sprays not on the wall.
As a low pressure paint Flame Blue sprays slower, therefore easier to control. Compared to Montana Black or Rustoleum there's a noticeably less rush for paint to escape. As such, Flame Blue is much less likely to create drips. It will respond to caps less exaggerated than higher pressure counterparts. Came with Flame Super Fine cap, which produces a crisp tiny line. I've been digging an orange dot lately for quicker thicker but still controllable lines.
Sparkling fun! Gelly Rolls require little additional pressure to mark (less than bic) especially held upright/perpendicular to writing surface. Bit-o-flow, cool pen cool effect.
The pen's barrel is sturdy. They can be cut down with the end plug reinserted if you prefer a smaller pen. Posts sturdily, easy to differentiate colors.
Ink's unique glitter effect shimmers speckles of light atop the pens color. It doesn't reflect like a chrome would-- stardust is much less uniform, speckles jumping around the ink as the view or light source moves. Although the glitter is seen well reflecting on dark paper, the ink is not particularly opaque. These pens also skip or refuse to write on some smoother surfaces (I swear I shook it really well too!! /s)
Was so excited to see these restocked. I was most interested in the .171's tiny barrel, which somehow was still smaller than i expected: under 4" it's easy to palm and pocket.
The 20mm T-nib is also pretty sharp. The line-width-variation between vertical and horizontal strokes makes me wanna snag one of these nibs for all my 15mm markers. The extended bits on the T-nib make the 10mm sides a joy to use, and as each edge being chamfered ~2.5mm (edge is cut on an angle like this: \_/) depending on the angle one writes at controls some thickness.
I like the ink itself a lot more than expected. It's a much darker black and more flowy than OTR's .060 paint markers. Give it a few pumps each go to get the nib juicy.
Lil' concerned about how quickly this marker may run out of ink? Me too, the label makes it kind hard to tell where the level's at. A typical 15mm marker is like 35ml? This marker's barrel is about a third that size, so I'm estimating you can cram ~11ml or ink in here-- which isn't too bad! Being a pump valve that should catch ya quite a few.
Might wanna Teflon tape the threads, excess ink will work its way down 'em.
Holy cow the chiseled tip brought me back to third grade; mad Mr. Sketch vibes. Crisp lines, this side is most useful for multiple consistent line widths.
The brush tip is larger than I expected but very versatile: barely scraping the page is just under 1mm, writing more naturally 2-3mm, and holding the marker at a low angle saturated 7mm lines lay breezily. It's also not really a brush in sense of being composed of loose bristles like a paint brush, rather I'd compare the brush side to a oversized felt-tip marker (think Sharpie tip but instead of a IBM ThinkPad clown nose nub for a nib it's a mini model rocket's balsa wood nose cone).
Snagged one of these in black to outline on watercolor paper, reminded me of Copic twins. I haven't much experience these sort of markers, but my first impressions have been great!
I intend to use this marker mostly on paper, but coverage writing quickly on cardboard holds up well and even glossy porous(?) surfaces like photo paper or tape which mark very well. Marks on glass, but is rubbed off easily like suborn dry erase.
Go CraftWave!! I hope this performance keeps up as I use the marker more as I'm not sure Sketchies can be refilled easily. It looks like the brush side section can be pulled out (chisel section is part of the body's mold), but I'm fiddling with mine now and suspect I'll fuss up the plastic trying to remove it. I saw someone ask and want to also express interest in the ink inside them!