Posts filed under Sakura Pigma Micron

Sakura Pigma Micron ESDK005 Review

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Have you seen the new Sakura Pigma Micron yet? Or, should I say, have you seen the new paint job on the Sakura Pigma Micron yet? Very slick looking for sure, but is the pen any different at all from its predecessors?

There is no doubt that the Sakura Pigma Micron is one of the most popular drawing pens in the world. I love them, as do thousands of other artists, designers, and writers. You see the Micron in all kinds of product reviews and photo shoots. And maybe that is what this new model is for - to look pretty in pictures - because I don’t see any proof that the ink or tip is different than any other Micron. The good news is that you have the priviledge or paying $1 more for a navy and gold barrel.

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Artists can notice subtleties better than I can, and Klio from SPQR Blues put the old and the new to the test. The results? Essentially no difference. Except the price.

This is one of those pens that makes me shrug. It’s a perfectly fine pen, as good as any Sakura that has come before it, but it costs more for no apparent reason.


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

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Posted on July 22, 2015 and filed under Drawing Pen, Pen Reviews, Sakura Pigma Micron.

Sakura Pigma Micron Blue Black Review

How did a blue black ink pen like the Sakura Pigma Micron 05 slip under my radar? I am a huge Micron fan and use the 03 black model all the time. They are also one of my favorites to use in Field Notes memo books. They write well, handle all types of paper, and are disposable so I don't worry about losing or breaking them. So how did I overlook this beauty? I was blinded by the cult of fine tips.

Comfort zones are an interesting barrier. For years and years I was fixated on ultra fine tips, the likes of which are found in the Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Uni-ball Jetstream, and more. The finer the better in my book, with almost no limit on how fine. That carried over to my fountain pen fascination, as stock EF nibs weren't fine enough for me and I sent them off to be ground even finer.

As I found out quickly with fountain pens I was missing out on the benefits that wider nibs have, like stubs and italics. There was a level of expressiveness to be found, plus it opened up new brands and styles to me that I wouldn't have considered when I was in "XXXF OR DIE!!!" mode.

And that is how I missed this great blue black Micron. A Twitter follower asked why I had never mentioned it before, knowing how much I like both Microns and blue black inks. The fact is, I was stuck using "my size" of Micron and never bothered to check that other colors were available in other tip sizes. I logged into JetPens, clicked over to the 05 Sakura Pigma Micron page, and lo and behold there it was.

It's pretty good too. The blue black color reminds me a lot of Sailor's blue black fountain pen ink, which I have come to love after some initial hesitancy. The 05 Micron size (.045 mm) is obviously larger than what I'm used to but I like it a lot, as the first 6 or 8 pages in my latest Field Notes book will attest to. I can see this size in other colors making its way into regular use.

Step outside your comfort zone occasionally. You might be surprised what you find.

Posted on July 14, 2014 and filed under Sakura Pigma Micron, Pen Reviews.

Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.3 mm Review

Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.3 mm

If you listen to The Pen Addict Podcast you will hear me constantly referring to the Sakura Pigma Micron that I like to write with. I have always been a fan of this style of art/drawing pen and when the opportunity comes to try out one I haven’t used before like the Staedtler Pigment Liner I jump at the chance.

Why do I like this style of pen so much? Not many pens can provide as clean and sharp of a line as drawing pens do. My writing style is one that works well in conjunction with these pens. That is an important thing to note: Not every pen is going to fit your style of writing. The challenge is finding the one that works best for you.

Comparing the Staedtler Pigment Liner to the Sakura Pigma Micron, they are very similar in many aspects. The barrel size, weight, and feel are very close, and the inks are both dark and have the same archival properties. I do think the tip of the Staedtler is slightly softer feeling than the Sakura, so that is something to keep in mind if you have a heavy hand.

Overall, it is another great option if you like art/drawing pens. Most of the brands in this realm are very similar so try a few out to see which suits you the best.

Posted on March 9, 2012 and filed under Drawing Pen, Pen Reviews, Sakura Pigma Micron, Staedtler.