I enjoy using a new felt tip pen – one of my favourite office supply pen experiences is starting a new Artline fineliner. However, for many felt tip pens, after the first few days of use, the tip get worn and you end up with sharp edges making the experience less than pleasant. Most felt tip pens seem to have tips that are too soft for extended use, even though I typically don’t press too hard on my pens, so I end up avoiding them even those I do really enjoy using them.
I found out about the Copic SP Multiliner through pen blogs (of course!) with many have stated that the copic is the best fineliner they’ve used. When I was in Japan a little while ago, I managed to try one out in person for the first time and I realised they were right – its absolutely lovely.
The Copic SP Multiliner would fall into your drawing pen category, like your Sakura Pigma Microns and your Uni Pin’s, a category that I admittedly know very little about. What is great about these category of pens is that they come in a variety of widths. The Copic comes in 10 widths from 0.03mm to brush tips. I picked up a 0.5 and 0.7mm, which are a bit wider than your normal office supply store fineliner (usually 0.3 or 0.4mm).
The Copic 0.7mm writes so smoothly, without the text looking like it was written with a texta or sharpie marker. The ink is nice and dark and writes smoothly over its more textured Fabriano paper. What’s great about the Copic is that it stays smooth and wet, without the tip being worn and dented, despite numerous writing sessions. The writing sample below is not just from a new Copic SP Multiliner, but one that is nearly a year old and for quite some months been borrowed by someone is exerts a lot more writing pressure than I do. It still writes like it was new.
What’s even better about the Copic is that if the tip does get worn or if it goes dry, you can just replace the tip or the ink cartridge and you’re good to go again. The pen body is made of some sort of metal (maybe aluminium?) and feels sturdy enough to last a while, so if you choose to replace the tip and cartridge, you won’t be let down by a flimsy pen body.
Now the Copic is a bit more expensive than the Sakura Pigma Micron and Uni Pin, but then these are both disposable, whereas the Copic is not. Copic also makes a disposable version, called the Multiliner (without the SP) which has slightly less tip size options and looks like it has a plastic pen body, which is on par with the Sakura and Uni, but I haven’t tried this so I don’t know whether it has the writing experience as the SP.
This is pen is the best fineliner that I’ve tried for everyday use. There are heaps of options out there for fineliners but this one holds up to the rigours of daily use and has ended up being my favourite.
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