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Art Alternatives Pen & Ink Sketch Fountain Pen Set - Broad


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  • This set is sleek in design
  • Ink converter, ink cartridges and a suede pen wrap included
  • Specially formulated ink does not bleed
  • Great gift for any artists in the family
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Product Details

Color: Broad
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0016BLM90
  • Item model number: AA10203
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,674 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Color: Broad

Sleek in design, this fountain pen comes with an ink converter, ink cartridges and a suede pen wrap. The specially formulated ink does not bleed if washed over in a pen and ink drawing.


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Customer Reviews

The ink flow is TERRIBLE!
Andi
The only way you get flow is to dip it in the ink and write with it the way one does with a straight drawing pen.
M. S. Fenton
Very light in weight but feels nice writing.
Deb W

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Craig Deforest on May 30, 2011
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This pen is half the price of the other "workhorse" pens that I use -- the Lamy Al-Star. I bought the extra-fine point version. It was extremely scratchy and ink flow was awful. The included international cartridges were, at best, OK. I immediately ditched the cartridges and refilled with Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink in the included converter cartridge. The Noodler's flowed better but the writing experience was still very scratchy and the pen would sometimes "catch" on the paper, tearing more delicate leaves. I had a look at the nib under a powerful magnifier, and the two tines weren't perfectly aligned, so the edge was catching the paper.

I wrote for a couple of minutes on a fine fingernail buffing stick, holding the pen at a few different angles, to resurface the nib. The buffing wore down the tines to a nice round ball. Now the pen writes very nicely. The nib is stiff, as one expects from a modern pen (for a soft touch you have to get a far more expensive retro-style or actual vintage nib), but the pen has the nice "buttery" feel that is so desirable for fountain pens.

The nib itself is not well anchored to the plastic feed assembly - it is possible to slide it back and forth, and this might be what misaligned the tines originally.

The grip and shape are nice, the pen is very light. The workmanship of the converter is OK but not great; I'm afraid that one day it might leak. But somehow, now that the tip is reshaped, I find myself reaching for it a lot. It could be a great pen, instead of (as delivered) an awful, scratchy wreck.

If you are looking for a gift or for a first pen, grab a Lamy Safari or an Al-Star -- they have nice grips and wonderful action right out of the box. This one isn't worth the trouble.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Stuart McIrvine on June 29, 2009
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This pen writes very well for the price. Many inexpensive fountain pens leak or the nib seems to scratch its way across the page. This pen has a smooth feel and a nice constant flow of ink with no blotches. For the price, this is a great pen.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Engaging student on January 6, 2012
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I requested this pen and the Lamy Safari together. I wanted a fountain pen that I could use for school so as to save on buying more pens and having 50 float around the house. I am not disappointed at all. This pen has no popular name for it's brand, simply titled "Pen & Ink" but it is iridium tipped. It is made of plastic and compared to other pens can feel a bit cheap. This however is deceptive as I have used it to take notes in class and as my jot pen around town. The convertor refill is a little cheap too, ( a little metal part around it comes unscrewed occasionally) but as I've said it has been used consistently and held up well. The pen writes smoothly and sketches fine. I can draw a straight line down the length of an A12 paper and nary have a blank spot. Good Pen. I would have given five stars had the build quality been better.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on April 11, 2010
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I have never used a fountain pen before, but needed one for a design class at college. This pen works just great! It feels so old-school. The plunger was easy to use. Most other more expensive pens sell the plunger separately, so it was nice to have that included. I have had this pen a little over a month and just ran out of the first ink cartridge. This seemed a little quick, compared to a regular pen. On the other hand, it was so dang fun to use! I probably filled up 10 pages in my sketch book drawing with this pen. It writes well, as expected. The line is fluid and fine enough for detail in my designs. I can use it from tiny details to doing fill-in work. The leather carrying thing is a bit odd and doesn't hold very securely or tie, but I use it because it's fun. I recommend this pen to anyone like myself, who has never used a fountain pen before because it is so easy to use and acclimate to regular use. This pen made a fountain pen convert out of me!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emmit W. Stewart on April 14, 2010
Color Name: Broad Verified Purchase
thirty years ago I was given an artpen and I used it for many years, but when I looked for a replacement, It had gone off the market. Ever since I have been looking for a replacement. This is, so far the best pen of that type that I can afford. I liked it so much that I soon ordered the fine point and extra fine point versions so that I could have a complete set. Since I lost my artpen several decades ago, I can only compare them by fading memory, but one thing I can say is that this pen is very much easier to fill. The old artpen had a little tank for the ink that could only be filled from a special type of ink container or by using an eye dropper. This one uses cartridges, but it includes, as basic equipment, a piston converter that lets you fill the pen from any ink bottle.
As to performance, this pen does everything I want it to. I do a lot of ink-and-watercolor painting and I find this pen to be excellent for that purpose. I'm thinking of buying another extra fine point pen to carry around with me for everyday writing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ganapathy Subramaniam on May 3, 2011
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This pen set is pure value for money. At the discounted price.. more so.

I saw several mixed reviews about this pen, but had been wanting to try by myself for quite a while, since it is recommended by none other than the master sketcher Glenn Vilppu.

I finally did get the pen, an EF version.

The pen set comes in a classy box that looks very rich and elegant, the pen is wrapped in a suede, and comes with a convertor, and three black cartridges. The pen is pretty good sized and fills well in the hand for good handling and grip. It has a classy look, matt trims and body makes it look worth more than the price.

The performance of the pen itself is the key, since it is what you do with it. Out of the box the pen was scratchy and skipped. I felt bad about it, but didnt give up. I kept going with the cartridge, ran the nib under water briefly, and kept writing for few minutes. It takes a while for the feed to get saturated, a common thing with fountain pens :)

Once past this stage the pen is a blast. It produces crisp, sharp fine lines. I can use it in short rapid strokes, long flowy lines, and anything in between, and the pen obeys. With a little bit of pressure there is little line variation, but certainly not a flex pen. But good enough for producing expressive sketches.

The non-shellac black ink is waterproof, and aids in adding color washes over the sketch. the nib is very well made, and of good quality, It produces strokes in all directions in smooth manner. The pen itself is very light but feels good for handling. Some may prefer to use it with the cap posted.

Overall its an absolutely refreshing fountain pen, built from the ground up for sketching. Best value for money.
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