As a graphic design student it is mandatory that I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with pens. To most people they’re just basic biros that you use to jot down your shopping list but to us they’re just about as exciting as snow on christmas day. When you find a pen that works for you it becomes your second hand, any other pen will feel wrong to use. For me the perfect pens are the Rotring Tikky Graphic fine liners in 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7.
They are a fibre-tip pen but unlike others they have a incredibly good ink flow which means they don’t run out when you’re in the middle of a design. The clear bar in the middle shows when they are about to run out of ink, like an early warning sign that it’s time to go and order some more! The metal clip is durable so they stay attached to any book/notebook cover that you clip them onto.
The different nib sizes are noticeable when you work with them (I choose the word jelly for no other reason than it’s a nice word to write). I find the 0.3 the most practical to use but the 0.7 is the nicest to write with. The only warning I would say (particularly about the 0.7) is sometimes the ink flow is so good that when you first go to use them you can get a splodge of ink to begin with, but as long as you careful to check first this shouldn’t be an issue.
To anyone out there looking a good, reliable pen that flows well and is, to be honest, just very satisfying to write with, I would highly recommend the Tikky Graphic Pens that can be bought here. If you’re not a pen fanatic like me then I would recommend buying them anyway just so you can see what all the fuss is about (careful though because you will find it hard to go back to biros!)
Hope this came in useful and I will be sure to let you know of any other pens that catch my eye in the future!
Go and grab another cuppa on me, Em x