I have to agree with Carlos here. This pen will take a couple tries to get used to. First couple of times will make you wonder if it has ink in it or if it even works at all. But don't go scribbling like crazy on your nice paper ripping it to shreds with your pen because it does have a very delicate point to it. What you want to do after you follow the above directions of (snapping the ink cartridge into your pen until it makes a "click" sound or until it feels that you've pushed it in with all your Hulk powers), you want to tilt the pen at a diagonal direction to your paper. So the shiny metal part will be facing upwards and the black part of the pen will be facing down. As you place your pen at a diagonal making it so that your metal part of the pen is slightly bent at the tip of contact with your paper, you basically need to wait patiently until your ink gradually comes out. Then slowly move your pen around the paper to get the feel of the ink flowing out of your pen. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be on your way. Cheers. (^_^)
I have to say that this is a very easy to use pen. It is a little difficult at first but when you finally understand how to use it, it will be perhaps the only pen you will use for drawing
This is a good little pen for beginners, or those who are confused/fed up with buying different dip pen nibs. To Mara: On the thin end of the cartridge, you can see a little ball shaped 'plug' - this keeps the ink inside the cartridge until it is punctured by a small 'pokey' bit in the bottom half of the pen. Push the cartridge hard into the bottom part of the pen until there is a 'click' (cartridge being punctured, the ball/plug goes back into the cartridge). Give the ink a few minutes to flow into the nib, and start practising on scrap paper.
As mentioned several times in the user reviews, it is a very decent beginner pen. However, the pressure required to bring out a nice, swell & ebb line demands less finesse and more brute force. This is especially true for those who would like to try it out on their sketchbooks. While it may not be normally recommended in avg 65lbs sketchbooks (Of which I tried it out on an 80lbs sketchbook paper.) anyway, the force required to get a decent thickness in line will cause the pen tip to not only scratch the paper in a manner that may spread the ink, but also damage itself in the process. So, you have the balance of using an inexpensive, convenient pen with a much more higher-end quality paper to compensate for it, or settle for the more traditional methods of the dip-pen that allow you to settle for something less pricy as a surface work on. For a very nice price tag like this, however, it shouldn't even be an issue of at least picking up one to try yourself.
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