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Technical pens were the mainstay of the designer and illustrator's craft before the development of computer graphics. Now, many artists and design professionals are rediscovering the technical pen because its handiwork, in expert hands, stands out almost magically against the bland precision of computer rendered graphics.
Dependability and high performance make Rapidograph technical pens the first choice among artists, designers, drafters, architects, and hobbyists. Rapidograph pens provide uninterrupted, productive drawing time.
Each Rapidograph pen has a white plastic barrel with a refillable ink reservoir (pens do not come filled with ink), and a color-coded cap and point section.The double-seal cap is air-tight to keep the point from drying out.
Each pen is identified by a standard point size or by its line width expressed in millimeters. (Point sizes do not correspond to points in the point/pica system of typographic measure.) Replacement point sections are available for all pens.
For optimum performance, use with Koh-I-Noor Ultradraw Waterproof Ink or Trans-Mix Media Brilliant Ink.
3-Pen Slim Pack Set
Sizes 3×0, 0, and 1, plus a bottle of Koh-I-Noor universal ink and nib keys in a hinged-lid plastic case.
7-Pen Slim Pack Set
Sizes 3×0, 2×0, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4, plus a bottle of Koh-I-Noor universal ink and nib keys in a hinged-lid plastic case.
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Rapidograph pens lay down dense, even-flowing ink lines of controlled and predetermined widths. Any type and color of ink can be used.
The pen's stainless steel nib handles as easily as a pencil. It can move in any direction, and on virtually any drawing surface, with very little hand pressure.
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I've learned the hard way
from Grand Prairie, Texas
Comments about Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pens:
I use these pens for professional illustration work. I have learned the hard way that if dealing with Blick, order the whole pen, not just the pen point. The whole pen arrives in an individual package and there is no damage to the pen point. In the past, on multiple occasions, if I ordered the pen point only, planning to attach it to my existing pen handle, the pen point arrives in a tiny package that does not protect it from damage. The fine wire pen point gets completely bent either at the warehouse/shipping facility, or in transit. This has happened so many times that I now just order the whole pen each time a point wears out.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Koh-I-Noor Pens are the Best
By TW Cowboy
from Chillicothe, Ohio
I have used Koh-i-Noor rapidograph pens for over 15 years. I have tried others, but find none to compare to the performance of the Koh-i-noor pen.
Being a retired illustrator, I've used these Koh-I- Noor Rapidograph pens for many years. They give a constant very sharp line suitable for photography. If you want the best illustration, use the best pens for a great end product.
They are the best overall
from Austin TX
These pens leave beautiful lines. Each nib size has its own personality and requires a little different handling (smaller ones can get scratchy, bigger ones can be uneven). But that's easy to figure out. I've been using these pens for decades without any desire to try anything else. They make lovely pen-and-ink drawings and outlines for colored pencil work too. Very highly recommended.
Points were no good
I have used Radiograph pens for over 45 years. I ordered #0 and #1 points and the needle in the points were too long causing the points to not give me a nice clean fine line. All five of the points were like this. I took them back to the store in downtown Chicago and the manager went through the points he had and I took one of each point size and returned the ones I ordered. The new ones were better. Is Rapidograph using a different pen point supplier? This is problematic.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We apologize for the issue you had with these points, and we're glad you took the time to bring this issue to our attention so we can look into it further. If there's anything else we can do to assist you, please let us know!
Almost better than nothing.
from Palm Coast, FL
Unlike me, heed the advice of others and save yourself a small fortune by NOT buying these Koh-I-Noor technical pens! I do quite a few ink drawings with crow quill and brush, and bought the 6x0, 3x0, 0 and 1 pens in search of a more consistent, finer line in my work. I must say they were a big disappointment. The 6x0 and 3x0 clogged easily due to their small tube diameters and the small agitator filament within the tube was easily dislodged in the cleaning process, rendering the pen(s) useless. This, I suspect, is an inherent limitation of this whole "metal filament ink agitator in tube" design at these small sizes that cannot be avoided... regardless of ink type. The 0, and 1 size pens are still working... for now!!! If you need a super-fine line, go with the disposable Pelikan Techno-liners or even a few Copic multiliners instead. These old Koh-I-Noor's have had their day in the sun in my opinion.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that these pens aren't working well for you, and our Product Information Team is here to help troubleshoot. Product Specialists are available at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email@example.com, and they're happy to help!
Quality has suffered the past few years
This review applies to the pens with the 00 nib only. The other sizes may be fine. Having used the 00 version of this pen on and off for 45 years for both line and stippled ink drawings, I recently noticed that the stippled dot and the line ends were becoming undefined, which for my art, is disastrous. A close examination revealed that the center wire was longer than usual, causing ink to flow before the tip fully engaged the paper, and the ink to continue flowing while the nib was removed from the paper. These "flares" gave the impression of being viewed with uncorrected astigmatic vision. My stippled art lost contrast. I followed up with the manufacturer, who sent handmade replacement nibs. Unfortunately, the replacement nibs were the same. Older pens (older than 2-3 years) that I have do not exhibit the excessively long center wire and operate satisfactorily. Since Koh-i-Noor USA was unable to resolve this issue, I shall have to use Rotring or Faber-Castell pens instead, which, unfortunately, are not available from Blick.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that these pens aren't working for you as they have in the past, and we do offer the Rotring Isographs if you're interesting in making a change. We hope you'll feel welcome to touch base with our Product Information Team if we can be of further assistance. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they're happy to work with you!
Nothing but trouble with these pens.
from Richlands, VA
Did as instructed and it never would work propery. Inconsistent lines and ink would stop. Bought a cheaper disposable-MUCH BETTER!
Merchant response: We're sorry for the issues you had with this pen. Please know that Blick has a knowledgeable team of product information specialists on staff who are happy to troubleshoot this and come to a determination as to why it's not working well for you. We hope you'll feel welcome to contact us at 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am - 5:30pm CST) or email@example.com for further assistance.
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Magic in My Hand
from Chillicothe, OH
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pens are my favorite for creating fine art pen-and-ink drawings. I cannot get the same effect with any other pen, and I have tried them all. In my hand it takes on a life of its own, creating images that no other pen can come close to. The Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph is my magic wand, doing things that leave me wondering how this is possible, but not with any other pen! Even after decades of use, I am still amazed by what happens when I put this pen to paper (or any compatible surface).
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Limerick Sycamore, by Ellen Doerres
Tags: Miniatureart, Fineartillustration, Sycamoretrees, Made with Product, Penandink
Best pens ever
By La Graphiste
from Essex Junction, VT
I used these pens back in 1970 as a graphic artist, but there was no easy way to keep the nibs clear back then. However, I recently ordered the set of 7 pens and also ordered the cleaning kit. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with my new pens. You will never regret buying these top-quality pens.
If you've ever worked in pen and ink before, you know how important it is to have a high quality pen. The Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pen is a legendary art tool that produces consistent lines for fine illustrations and drawing. The Rotring Rapidograph pen is also a quality and versatile technical pen with a disposable ink cartridge.
Wondering how to clean your Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pen? It is a very easy process; just follow these simple steps and you'll have your pen working like new!
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