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Marvy LePen Marker Pen Review

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(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.)

The Marvy LePen is one of those iconic pens that many of us remember from our childhoods--one that instantly drew our eyes with its bright hues and gave us hours of coloring bliss. A gateway drug for young pen addicts that soon led to gel pens and Sharpies. And it remains popular, even (mumbles) decades later. But I honestly can't quite figure out why--though perhaps the fact that it is inexpensive and comes in a lot of great colors is enough.

The Le Pen has an easy-to-spot, long, slim profile and a straight clip. The cap is friction-fit and snaps into place. It does post, precariously, on the narrow part of the end, but too much tipping or shaking (like, writing) causes it to fall off. There is a short section that is really more of a nose cone--the only way to hold it comfortably is back on the body. Even that may be too narrow for longer drawing or writing sessions. I find it fairly comfortable, though it feels like I'm holding the pen too far back for good control. The clip is springy--and a bit bendy. It's one of the more fragile metal clips I've ever met, but it does hold the pen securely in place. Just don't strain it, or it won't return to its original position. I have memories of my old LePens with clips winging out at odd angles--and it seems they haven't changed the recipe since then.

Marvy LePen tip

The plastic of the body matches the color of ink, which is always nice. There are quite a few ridges and shaggy bits left over from the plastic molding process, but they are easily removed if they're in a spot that interferes with comfortable use. "Le Pen Marvy Japan" is embossed in silver on the side, in keeping with its minimalist look.

The felt tip is at the end of a metal needlepoint sleeve. Some tips seem to protrude more than others, and I did find that, after some use, the felt tip was either disappearing into the metal casing or else squishing down. These are very delicate felt tips and require a pretty light hand in order to keep them nice. Even new, I did get a lot of line variation between the pens. Some wrote a finer line than others from the get-go, which makes them a little frustrating as tools for drafters, I'd think.

Marvy LePen Cap

The ink itself has quite a lot of spread and bleed to it. Something about it just wants to travel through paper fibers. But the colors are very vibrant and well saturated. Even the pale colors show up nicely--which makes me want to use them for coloring books. That may indeed be their best use. There are reports of the ink fading very quickly or causing discoloration to the paper surrounding the lines. That isn't something I'd want in a piece of artwork or a scrapbook/memento designed to last. Though the ink is acid-free, it doesn't seem to be lightfast or very paper friendly.

Marvy LePen Writing

So what is the appeal of these pens and what are they for? I think coloring books or zentangles would be a perfect fit. The low price point makes them a great entry-level fineliner for coloring enthusiasts both teen and adult. But if you need a fineliner for something more meaningful or lasting, there are much better options out there for not-that-much-more cost.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on January 26, 2018 and filed under Marvy LePen, Pen Reviews.

Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen Review

Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen

I'm on the record as not being a big fan of the Marvy LePen, much to my friend Ana's dismay. It is by no means a bad pen, I just feel that there are many similar pens that do a much better job than the LePen does. That made me hesitant to try out the Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen but I am glad I did since it is quite good.

It falls into the same category as a litany of other drawing pens like the Sakura Pigma Micron, Uni Pin, Staedtler Pigment Liner, etc. It is a crowded group for sure, making it hard to stand out. But I like how the LePen Tech has performed so far and would say it ranks highly among its peers.

What I liked the most about it is despite the super fine tip I went with (the 0.1 mm in this case), it felt durable. My lines were crisp and clean, and while I haven't put this pen through the ringer that an artist would, it held up well. The barrel is larger than most other similar pens but I didn't find that to be an issue. In fact, it was downright comfortable. You can see the size comparison next to a Sakura Pigma Micron below.

Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen

The Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen looks like a keeper to me. I plan on ordering one or two other sizes to test out and if that goes well may add it to the regular rotation of drawing pens in my arsenal.

Posted on February 28, 2013 and filed under Drawing Pen, Marvy LePen, Pen Reviews.

Marvy LePen Oriental Blue Review

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Is anyone else’s first memory of the Marvy LePen seeing them at the Hallmark store? I distinctly remember them sitting there on the counter in all of their rainbow glory. I don’t recall ever buying one for some reason, but now that JetPens has started to carry them, I ordered up the Oriental Blue for review.

One of the defining aspects of the LePen is its long, slender barrel. If you have used a LePen before, then you have no trouble spotting one from a mile away. Another reason why this pen has been popular is the wide range of non-standard colors available. This Oriental Blue is a great example, but there is also Orchid Pink and Dark Gray among some of the 18 other shades.

The tip on the LePen is very soft - much softer compared to a Sharpie Pen, Sakura Pigma Micron, or any other similar pen. This gives it a unique feel when writing, sort of a cross between a brush and a plastic tip pen. I love how my lettering turned out on the page, but I do wonder a bit about the durability (which I haven’t tested).  Overall, it is a good pen as an option, but I don’t see it as a go to choice unless I am looking for a specific color. I could be wrong though since this seems to be a very popular pen.

Posted on November 4, 2011 and filed under Marvy LePen, Pen Reviews.