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Not superior to Sakura Micron pens, sadly.
on May 4, 2012
I waited awhile to write this view, to give me ample time to review this fairly. Here's what I've found:
Glides on smoothly making dense as well as fine lines with ample precision(though not as well as with Sakura Micron pens). Packaging and array of sizes is really nice and convenient, especially to throw in a canvas bag and go about your day, able to take them out and use wherever. Though it doesn't improve the quality of the performance, I also really liked the sparkly gunmetal plastic they were made from. The big ones BM and BS work very well for filling in large dark areas, I really loved those.
Initially I was really impressed with these and really, really, really, really wanted to love them, as Copic gets such a good reputation and seems to be the brand of choice. However, they did not hold up to what I expected from them. I found the nibs on them were a bit on the weak, wobbly side after a few times of heavy use. For the record I am not one to put a lot of weight on them, so I know it isn't from undue physical exertion. They seem to take wear and tear relatively poorly. Also, the small ones 0.5 and 0.3 run out very, very, very quickly. I've dried them out making about two 8X11 heavily inked pieces. While this is all to be expected with use, I have years of using Sakura Micron pens to contrast them with. Sakura ones in my experience can take a lot of use and abuse and take quite awhile to run dry, they have superior nibs and metal reinforcement around the nibs and perform all around better. I was able to get a much more precise and delicate line with Sakura Microns than with Copics. The copics tended to want to always make thick heavy lines unless I went a size smaller than normal. For example, if I usually got the detail I wanted with a Sakura size 0.5, I had to use a copic 0.3 to achieve the same effect.
Not the worst and they work well enough if you're not detail oriented. However, if you want delicate precise lines and no bleeding or heavy lines, do yourself a favor and go get a set of Sakura Microns. I'm going back to them and won't be back for Copic anytime soon. A pity because I really wanted to love these. :(