Friday, July 16, 2010

Sakura Pigma Micron 05 and Brush sets of 8 pens initial test reference chart

Found these sets of 8 colored pens of Sakura Pigma Micron 05 (0.45 mm nibs) and Brush pens on clearance at the local Jo-Ann arts and crafts store. They feature nice bright colors, and their pen nibs glided fairly smoothly on the Rhodia dotPad paper. While it might be too soon to make a judgment about their durability, the Sakura Pigma brush nibs feel rather delicate and look thinner and smaller that Faber Castell Pitt Artist brush pen nibs.
Marks comparison chart and test doodles drawn on Rhodia dotPad. Since they feature colorful pigmented inks that are waterproof when dry, they could be used for labeling and some sketching that could be colored with watercolors afterwards without smearing the drawn outlines.Sample doodles sketched on Piccadilly blank journal. The numbers correspond to the pen color, but the actual name of the color is not listed anywhere on the pen barrel. The pen cap indicates the pen size "05" and ink color, and in the case of the brush pen they display the letters "BR" printed on the color coded circle. The opposite end of the pen has a small color matching plastic cap to facilitate its identification. I have seen reports that the pen cap identification markings tend to wear off with use, so it might help its longevity to close the cap by holding it on its sides every once in awhile rather than pushing down on the colored disk with your thumb every time. After changing the nib and ink refills a few times, I also noticed this issue with a 05 Copic Multiliner SP pen that I used for several months in my sketching kit. I had almost completely worn off the pen cap markings by rubbing it with my thumb every time I closed the pen. I tend to keep the Copic pens at home, and take the disposable Pigma pens on the road given their price difference.

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