Imagine, for a moment, our intrepid pen-reviewer out with a few pens (and friends) in a dim and hip little bar. As she approaches the bar for drink number …3?, one of the patrons catches her eye–or rather, she is drawn to what the patron is holding. A pen! Conversation is initiated. The owner of the pen–one Risden McElroy (or so I wrote on a napkin), tells me his father swears by this pen, as an artist, and Risden offers to let me have said pen! I promise Risden such delights as a forthcoming review of this pen, firstborn offsprings, etc. And here we are. Risden, I apologize for not remembering what your face looks like; we will, for simplicity’s sake, assume it somewhat resembles your name, as drawn above.
The body itself is of little note–lightweight plastic that feels neither super cheap (like a Bic Stic) nor super fancy (or even regular fancy…maybe subfancy).
The cap posts without problem, fanfare, complication, technicality, or difficulty, and more importantly it stays there.
For writing, this pen is nothing outstanding; felt-tip pens aren’t my favorite for writing purposes. For drawing, however, this pen has excellent line variation. In the hands of a talented individual, I bet this pen can do great things.
Even being pretty novice-level at using felt-tip pens, I found it easy to adapt to the possibility of holding the pen at different angles to get different line widths. It was also easy to consistently achieve the kind of lines I wanted, which was part of what made using this pen so fun. Even not knowing what I wanted to draw, I knew I wanted to keep making different marks with this pen. I like when a pen is fun to use; obviously, I end up more likely to use that pen and then get better at the particulars of its operation.
Two things to note about the ink: it’s not pitch black (in spite of how my images look), and it isn’t even close to being waterproof. However, the ink creates a lovely cool grey look when subjected to water; undoubtedly exploitable for artistic applications.
I like this pen, and I’m glad I got the serendipitous chance to review and use it. If I create any new, neat artwork with it, I’ll get a link up here, because I definitely plan on working more with the Pilot Fineliner.
Unfortunately, the Fineliner isn’t available through JetPens. Here’s the Pilot Fineliner on the Pilot Pen Online Store; I haven’t looked into where else it’s available yet.
Before we close this off, let’s take a look at the set-up involved today in taking the pen pictures. I took them in a weakly-lit cafe using a very low ISO, and had to come up with some precarious improvisations to keep the camera still enough to get a clear shot.
Thanks again, Risden! :)