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Pentel Color Pen Set, Set of 36  Assorted Colors (S360-36)
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381 of 387 people found the following review helpful
These are great markers/pens - I'm on my third set, so obviously I like them - but there are a few caveats. As a mixed media artist, I've found several reasons to be cautious of these markers if you are using them for more permanent or "fine" art purposes.

For just coloring or for kids, these are absolutely perfect. These are extremely vibrant, the ink lasts forever, they don't dry out quickly if you leave a cap off, they travel very well, the color selection is fantastic, and they are priced extremely well.

If, however, you are using them for a mixed media project - or will be using more than one technique on your project - you will run into some problems. (Then again, these aren't touted as "fine art" markers - or priced as such.) The colors are great - but filling in large spaces will be problematic because they are "streaky". They leave a very definite line with each stroke - so you will end up with a project that looks like you colored it in first grade. Secondly, altho these start out with a fantastic nib, it degrades quickly - and you wind up with a lot of little "fuzzies", fine "hairs" and the tip of the nib becomes "floppy" even tho the rest of the nib remains firm. This causes problems when trying to fill in small spaces, or writing. (Leaves a lot of tiny stray marks.)

Also, these are definitely not waterproof - or water resistant. One drop of water will destroy whatever you've colored. Since water will leave a distinct mark on the paper, I thought maybe they would work well if blended with water. I colored and then used a waterbrush and a regular brush with a little water, to try to blend the "streaks" away. NOT a good idea. You just wind up with a mess. (They aren't advertised for this use - but I thought it might work.)

The other issue with these is the color fastness. The colors fade and wash out over time. I used them in one of my moleskin journals - and several years later, the colors have disintegrated a lot. They weren't exposed to sunlight (the journal was closed and on a bookshelf) - so I don't know what the level of acidity is...but I'm guessing it's on the higher end. (Which strikes these for scrapbooks, just FYI.)

I'm not getting rid of mine anytime soon - I love to use these for adding color to sketches, doodling, coloring with my kids, lending to my kids for school projects, making garage sale signs, etc. I just wouldn't use these in any of my art projects or swaps. (I live in a really dry climate and worry the color breakdown would be worse somewhere humid.) Definitely not for work that will be sold.

You won't waste money with these - they are great marker/pens for around the house...for drawing or coloring at school or using at home, these are total perfection! If, on the other hand, you are looking for a good "art marker" or "art pen", pass on these. These will be a huge disappointment - and there are much, much better options out there.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2005
I have had a set of these markers for over 9 years and they're still going strong! They seem to have an endless ink supply, except for the black, which has been used to it's last drop. They are very comfortably shaped, great for doing fine detail work. Vibrant colors, and a good variety of colors. Wonderful markers!
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2006
My daughter "found" these pens which I had had for years...

she adopted them and used them almost daily for every type of art project.

They travel very well so they have also been on many trips with us.

The pinks ran out after about two years of use...

after about three years of use a few of the other colors began to show signs of running out.

I was AMAZED they lasted as long as they did!!!

We are now on a second set.

My daughter is nearly 8, and she still LOVES these markers.

I highly recommend them to ANY one of ANY age who loves markers with great vibrant, long-lasting color!!!!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
PENTEL S36036 FINE POINT COLOR PEN SET, 36 Assorted Colors (36/Set-PENS36036) is an absolute Godsend to the hard-working, time-constrained artist. It is also the best color marker on the market, and that from an artist who has been using them since the early 1980s. Which is I!

Wanting to move from the expense and drudgery of oils, the lackadaisical quality of acrylics and the mess of pastels, I grabbed a case of these Pentel markers in the quantity of 36 colors. Good to think ahead and realize you cannot mix marker colors other than to layer them, so it is good to have the widest range. 36 is the highest number Pentel offers in marker colors.

These are beautiful and so smooth you'll think you died and went to draw in heaven with something like a tablet sketch pad computer program. They have absolutely no odor, which is a problem for me with my reactions to chemicals. Also, these markers had a strangely lengthy shelf life (my very first set lasted and performed 100% for almost a decade - that's right, a decade). Note I use the word "had" a long shelf life.

Needless to say I used these exclusively for anything in color I wanted to execute. These also work beautifully with other media EXCEPT paints. I often used other marker brands, pen-and-ink, watercolors, even crayons (just don't try to color over crayon with these markers). Absolute heaven.

Signs of Pentel quality: when I first bought these markers decades back, I was worried I'd have the usual problems. Of particular concern were the issues of bleed-through, smearing and smudges. Pentel markers adore pencil sketches. I applied some shades of grey (this set includes three distinct shades) over a pencil sketch. Perfect colorization, sensitive tip on the marker, no smudges. No bleeding.

The sketch could be left as it was or the pencil lines could be erased - either way worked very well using Pentel markers. When they came in most handy: portraits and fashion drawings. I could pencil away like a madman, lay in the color with the Pentel markers without affecting the pencil line at all. After that the clean-up of all pencil marks was a snap.

Another beautiful feature of this marker is the way one color applies beautifully over another. Almost all other markers smear and make an ugly mess when you try this. Pentel markers were MADE for this type of color application. Whenever I used Pentel markers, I was able to create colors so close to nature I simply could not believe what I had drawn once I was finished.

These days, I noted that the markers do not have their original shelf life; the last set I owned dried out on me after about a year. That was extremely uncharacteristic but it made me avoid investing in a new set. One final thing: the price of these markers is very good. They are not much more than they cost back in 1982.

To be frank I think not only of art and ideas, but of home, whenever I even see these markers. Though I have been without a set for a couple of years, there is no way I'd recommend anything else. Neither to an artist, a teacher, a student or an architect who loves colored markers.

There IS nothing else to recommend.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2008
I bought these identical markers 23 years ago (yes, 23 years) at Sam's Club. I used them for crafting most of those years. I have been homeschooling our two children for the past 8 years where they have been used a little more heavily by tiny hands. They just started to dry out--can you believe this? So, of course I purchased them again. I'm expecting them to last as well as the first set. The only difference in the two sets is now the colors are indicated on the back of the holder, big plus! I highly recommend this item, thank you Pentel.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2007
I like the sturdy, compact package these markers come in, the large selection of colors, and the fact that they are water-base pens. All of them were fresh without a hint of drying out anytime soon.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2015
Colors do not match the caps and some were dry out of the box. The beige pen turned out to be more of an ugly gold, and the pale pink came out neon orange!

Was very surprised after reading so many good reviews. Waited too long to try the markers, so now I can't return them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2008
My set is about 10 years old, and still going strong! I have used these pens for everything from original art pieces to just plain coloring, and they hold their rich colors fabulously! Well worth the price. They are like an Energizer Bunny...they keep going and going and going!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2009
This is a sturdy set of pens, in nice secondary packaging. I bought two sets - one for my son, the other for my daughter, they're enjoying them. I've used them to color in some pages of the kids' coloring books, and see two shortcomings. First, the amount of ink is inconsistent from pen to pen - some flow very heavy ink, others much lighter. This results in inconsistent color depth in the strokes. The second shortcoming is the color of the pen's plastic often poorly matches the color of the pen's ink. For example, what looks like a dark green pen from the color of the plastic, has ink that flows very close to black. Many other colors vary greatly from plastic to ink. When these pens need replacing, I'll try a different set for comparison.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have been using these Pentel markers for more than 20 years now. Yes, I've gone through a few sets in that time. They do last nearly forever, do not dry out, and the colors are vivid and true. And when I say they don't dry out, I mean it! I travel with a set of these and a couple of weeks on the road, in and out of steaming hot vehicles in the summer, doesn't even phase these gems! A terrific buy for the money!
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