Graphik Line Makers claim to be lightfast, with water-based pigment ink and Japanese nibs. They can be purchased individually or in sets. Although the black is available in a variety of nib sizes, ranging from 0.05-0.8, the graphite and sepia pens only come in 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5. (I primarily use 0.3 and 0.5 nibs for my linework, so this doesn’t trouble me, but I know this could be limiting for other artists.)
I’m pleased with the overall aesthetic of these pens. It’s easy to tell what color the ink will be with just a glance. (No assuming you grabbed a black pen, only to start inking and go whoops, no, that’s sepia!) I also appreciate how the nib size is clearly labeled on both the cap and barrel, since those numbers can sometimes fade or scratch off. Even better, though, is how smoothly these pens glide when using them. Definitely one of my favorites in terms of “feel.”
Ink-wise, the black is rich and dark, while the sepia is a lovely burnt brown. The graphite is a neutral gray that seems to skew more toward a warm tone than a cool one. (It still blends in well enough with cool gray markers for art I’ve created, however.)
Although they hadn’t tested well, I decided to try the black liner pens out on some art. I thought they might hold up better if I waited a full 24 hours before applying any watercolors. Nope—they still smeared as badly as they did in the above photo. So, I can’t recommend the black at all.
Luckily, the other colors don’t seem to experience these issues, so if you’re in need of a new graphite or sepia pen, Graphik Line Makers are still worth checking out.
The pens used in this review were all purchased from MarkerPop.
To learn more about Graphik Line Makers in general, you can check out the brand’s website here.
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