215 of 227 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2005
I am an avid pen and pencil artist. I have tried several brands of pens, these being a "must have" for me. They last quite awhile, the point stays firm, and the ink does not "bleed". The smallest is .005, largest .08. My favorites are the .005 and .01, but I own all sizes and colors. I HIGHLY recommend this set to start with, but beware - once you try these, you will be hooked!
114 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2005
These were the very first inking pens I ever got, and I was shocked by how well they worked.
First off, they come in a variety of sizes, from the fairly thick .05 to the deliciously thin .005. It offers a nice range of line widths for artwork and a must-have for comic art. (And be sure to get the Brush Pen, the pen that acts like a mini-paintbrush!)
The peeve I have about Sakura Micron is that the tip of the .005 is a bit fragile and liable to bend, but considering how tiny it is, you sort of expect that.
Overall, a good pen whose sizes and alternate colors really make them stand out, but you have to be careful with the points, especially .005.
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2014
I love using these! I highly recommend these to anyone doing inks over pencils, making comics, needing told do really fine detailed line work. I've used these solely for every page of my comic series-currently on the 105th page
92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
I have used these pens for fifteen years, which tells you something right there. They do not have the durability of a refillable pen set, but I find the disposability a convenience. If something happens to them, I don't have to feel bad, and I never have to refill them.
Their primary good feature is the ink, which is very dark, covers well, does not bleed through paper, and is waterproof and archival-quality . . . for real. It is an extremely high-quality ink, and that's why I keep buying them. I have found no better disposable pen in fifteen years.
The ink flow is moderate, neither too slow nor too free. They are well-suited for both outlining and for a more scratchy cross-hatching/scumbling approach, as they aren't so free-flowing that ink will wick out of them at the slightest touch of pen to paper. Put the tip down, leave it, that's about the size of the dot you get.
The ink dries quickly and does not easily smear, although on very smooth paper that absorbs slower, execute care. As they run out of ink, they flow less easily, which can be frustrating.
I draw in spurts, off and on, and have found that, unused, the pens will reliably last about a year if carefully stored (i.e., make sure the cap is on, it's not hot in the room, etc.). When using several sizes at once, cap them between use. The ink dries quickly on paper, which is great, but it also dries quickly in the tips. You can get them going again by writing a bit, but it's better to just take care.
They write and draw well on most regular drawing papers, but not so well on photo papers or papers with any sort of plastic or super-slick finish; for those jobs, there are Micron pens specifically for photo paper. They aren't Sharpies, and don't write on things besides paper.
The pen tips are not metal, but they are hard; they give a consistent line, and while there is some give, you will not get a terribly sensitive line out of them, and trying to do so will result in either bent nibs or metal nib housings (this can be a problem if you have a heavy hand, especially with the smaller sizes) or pen tips that are "soft" and will not draw as tight a line as before, or possibly tips that split.
Overall, good pens, and would be especially good for a young artist experimenting with pen and ink.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2012
These pens are absolutely fantastic! I had originally been turned on to these pens when I had come across an article showing that these Sakura pens had the best chemical, heat, and moisture resistance.
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Ink stability is tantamount in a notebook for company or personal use. I can write with confidence knowing that my writing won't smear or fade and possibly lead me in a touchy legal situation.
I also really like the fact that the caps STAY on the opposite ends when writing, unlike some pens which don't positively lock on and fall off, eventually being lost.
My only gripe is that I'm often afraid of bending the tips of the smaller diameter pens.
I use these pens at work in labs to document my findings and observations, as well as to draw any intellectual property that may be used in legal disputes. REMEMBER, your word is only as good as your documentation, engineers!
Side note: A lot of the people who use the pens are incorrectly describing the sizes. The pen designation is a #005 and not it's diameter, not .005in, or 0.005mm. That #005 is 0.20mm in diameter, the "#" does not directly correlate to the pen diameter.
69 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2010
Five stars for the quality of the ink - it's smooth-flowing, very black, doesn't bleed on the paper, and dries quickly. All the qualities you want in your ink. ONE STAR for the duribility of the pens. I tend to have a very hard grasp on my pens, and these just aren't up to it. The points break far too easily. After only a month of use, the area where the pen and nib joins has weakened to the point where the pens bleed all over my fingers and are unusable. If you have a light touch, you might love these pens. If not, find a more durable instrument. I'm still looking.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I use the .005 red pen for my financial record deposits and the black pen is wonderful for my archival acid free paper projects, be they photographs or letters. And the .005 tip does such delicate writing or script, which works well when I write Japanese, Hebrew, French letters or notations.And the pens do indeed last a long long time, which makes them a wonderful buy. You get more than your moneys worth.The one set I bought in 2006 is still going strong, which is why I bought additional pens in the red and the black. Cannot recommend these pens enough.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2014
[Purchased through another Amazon account]
I purchased these for my art class that required these pens. I like the fine tips and they are great. They are made nicely and the in really doesn't bleed or mess up. It's a very nice solid black color unlike Sharpie markers. I like everything about them but I realize after using the 01 pen for only a few minutes, it always dries up and then would work again after numerous scribbling. The 05 and 08 pens are fine and come out really bold and nice, but the ink does take a while to dry. I smudged it by accident once, and I normally do let things air out and dry.
The 05 and 08 (or basically thicker tips), tend to "hair" up or just shed. I always have to use my fingers to pull out these pieces that get stuck onto them or come off from them. Overall, the product is good, but the fact that the thinner ones tend to dry out and require a lot of scribbling to fix is kind of inconvenient and annoying.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
These pens are great if you need to do drawing or sketching with a very fine tip. I liked the quality of most of the pens, except I had one pen no# 2 which was almost dry (and I just got the package yesterday).
These pens were not lasting ones. Many of them dried up pretty fast, and after 3 months all are dried. Otherwise, I think these are very good pens.
39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Many of the other reviewers have mentioned that these pens are perfect for sketching; however, I have found that they are the best writing instruments for taking notes in books. Especially books with thin pages. My pen of choice has a tip of .005.
No matter the delicacy of the page, the ink never bleeds through.
Also, I tend to have messy handwriting but the Micron Pen forces precision. If you struggle with poor handwriting this pen might be what you need to improve.
The multiplicity of colors in this set allows you to create a labeling system for notes inside the text.
These pens are not intended for rapid note taking as they are not especially durable. Also the ink does not last very long before running out.