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Pilot Juice Paint Marker 8-color Set Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

With the Pilot Juice Paint Marker, Pilot brings their Juice brand to arts-and-crafts time. The versatile ink works on light or dark paper, or on nonporous surfaces such as glass or metal. It is water- and pigment-based, odorless, waterproof, and bleed-resistant. It is also meant to be opaque, though I had issues with that feature on all but white paper. The colors included in the 8-color set are black, red, blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, and pink. There are a number of other fun colors available as open stock or in other sets, including pastels and metallics.

On dark paper, some colors performed very well while others seemed watery. I tried shaking them and refreshing the ink in the tip, but they just didn't get to the level I was hoping for. They were really fun to use on glass. Again, some lacked saturation, but most worked well. They aren't permanent on glass, alas, so my now-lovely water glass will lose its luster when I wash it. But it does mean I can go crazy painting designs on my windows if I want (I do want).

The tip is bullet-shaped felt. It's firm, though I did get some fraying when I used them briefly on watercolor paper, which makes me question whether the tip will survive the lifespan of the ink supply. Only many hours of arts and crafts will tell.

The body of the pen is a wide hexagonal barrel in white plastic. The cap and grip section are the color of the paint inside. The grip is a little awkward in that it has four levels--the nose near the tip steps up to a narrow collar, which steps up again to the actual section (which is a bit short), which steps up again to the body. There's not an easy way to hold these without putting your fingers on an edge. None of the edges are sharp, however, and it's not the sort of pen you'd be gripping for very long periods of time, so an uncomfortable grip isn't a huge issue for these.

The cap slides in place, but doesn't click. It took me a minute to be reassured that it was securely closed. The cap does post, though not deeply.

They run a little pricier than other paint markers, but not by much. The sets are a little cheaper than buying open stock.

I'd say my biggest issue with the pens is their designation as a fine point. They're certainly fine if compared to a chisel tip, but they're among the broadest paint pens I've tried. I wouldn't recommend them for very fine detail work, but they're still fun for broader sketches. Especially on windows.

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Posted on March 23, 2017 and filed under Pilot, Juice, Paint Pen.

Pilot Juice Gel Pen 1.0 mm, 8-Color Bundle Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

This bundle includes eight new bold colors in the 1.0 mm size of the Pilot Juice gel pen. There's black, blue, blue-black, brown, coffee brown, red, green, and burgundy. The colors are lovely and practical--a great set for school or work, but fun to play with as well.

The ink is the much-loved pigment-based, water-resistant gel ink that can write on photos as well as paper. I didn't find the flow to be as good as in the finer-pointed versions. Sometimes it felt a bit dry or viscous, and there would be some build-up on the tip. But I haven't had any trouble with skipping, and the bold lines are nicely consistent. I think the improved ink formula in the Juice Up gives a much better writing experience than the original. But if you like a broader tip on your gel pen, these are still an excellent choice.

The body is clear plastic with a spring-loaded clip, clicky top, and rubber grip. The click, grip, and clip are the color of the ink, which is handy for identification. It is very difficult to tell the difference between the browns and the blues in low light, though.

I love the sturdy spring clip. The whole pen feels quite durable, which is great--particularly because these can be refilled with replacement cartridges. You can even switch to a different tip size or the wetter-flowing Juice Up ink (though I'd find it confusing if the refill didn't match the info on the pen body).

These pens are perfect for those times you need a gel pen but pastels, glitter, or metallics aren't situationally appropriate. But they're also really fun for journal sketches and stenciling. And the smooth tip and rubber grip make them great for longer writing sessions. There are enough fun colors for some color coding and organized note taking, as well as enough businesslike colors to be the old-reliable cup pen that maybe you don't think about as often, but it's always there when you need to sign a form or address an envelope. They're a great addition to the Pilot gel pen lineup.

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Posted on March 2, 2017 and filed under Pilot, Juice, Pen Reviews.

Pilot Juice Up Metallic And Pastel Gel Ink Pen Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

Pilot Juice pens were already a stationery favorite, and now Pilot has upgraded them to the Pilot Juice Up—with smoother flowing ink and a synergy tip that is a hybrid conical/needlepoint for strength and precision. The inks are water-based pigment inks with waterproof and fade-resistant properties. The Pastel and Metallic sets write on light or dark paper, as well as photos, making them perfect for scrapbooks, planners, notes, or other crafty projects.

The pastel set includes blue, green, orange, pink, violet, and white. The metallics are gold, silver, blue, green, pink, and violet. The 0. 4mm tips are smooth and precise and just the right size for writing in the ridiculously tiny grid of my planner.

The tip of the pen is metal; the grip is rubber-coated, but not squishy. It prevents slipping but provides no cushion. The grip matches the color of the ink, as does the band at the top of the click/clip unit, so you can tell what color of pen you're grabbing quite easily. This top band disappears when the pen is clicked down and the tip is extended, so you can tell at a glance if the tip is out or not. I don't care much for having the clip attached to the click. The clip is already a bit flimsy, and I worry that making it a moving part endangers it further. It's a soft plastic that doesn't feel like it will survive too much tossing into bags or being clipped to a notebook cover that is too wide. Why is the clip the Achilles heel of so many gel pens? I don't think I'm particularly mean to them, but so many seem to snap off after a while.

I have had some hard starts with all the pens, but a moment of scribble gets them going, and the flow after that is very decent. I might even have to attribute the hard starts to the extreme cold we're having this week. A number of my pens have been having issues getting going--I've been having trouble with that, myself! The tiny tips make them feel dry, but there's a good bit of ink being put down on the page.

With the exception of the white, obviously, they do a good job writing on both light and dark paper. Smooth papers definitely work better than those with more surface texture. The metallics look glittery in low light, and then ramp up to full sun-on-mirror bright in direct light.

The sets have a nice variety of well-coordinated colors, so they're great for using together for habit trackers, schedule coding, or notes. I'm particularly fond of the pastel orange. It's just like a creamsicle.

These haven't quite dethroned my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica gel pens, and I'm beginning to think nothing ever will, but I have been reaching for these every day and I'm definitely getting more colors.

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Posted on January 12, 2017 and filed under Pilot, Juice, Pen Reviews.