I had been wanting to buy some Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens for a while, but had been consistently put off by the price. Finally, last month I broke down and bought a set of four at Michaels with one of their 40%-off coupons. Although I have been using them off and on for the last few weeks, I can tell that I will need to spend much more time with these pens. So don't take this review as the final word.
The set I bought comes in a reusable plastic case and contains four black pens, each with a different tip size: super-fine, fine, medium, and brush.
My favourite so far is the super-fine; I just love the way this pen feels on the paper. As soon as I begin using it, I feel like covering the whole page with lines and doodles. However, there doesn't really seem to be enough difference between the super-fine and the fine, and between the fine and the medium. I'm not sure about the brush. The only brush pen I ever used before was the Sakura Pigma Brush, whose tip I managed to wreck after only a few days of use, so it was a disappointment. The tip of the Pitt Artist Pen brush feels harder than that of the Sakura Pigma, so I am hopeful that it will turn out better, but I'm still uncertain how actually to use a brush pen.
The black India ink of these pens is excellent. It ranks among the blackest of blacks and, according to the package, is waterproof, smudge-proof, and extremely lightfast. I haven't used these pens with watercolours yet, but I'm sure that I will be doing so in the future. And the ink certainly does seem to dry very quickly. Keep in mind that although these are "art" pens, there is no reason why you couldn't use them as ordinary writing pens as well, and I think that the fine or super-fine would be especially nice for that.
Finally, because these are intended as art pens, I wasn't expecting much in the way of a snazzy design or comfortable grip. However, they do have a rather serious and professional look, and are not uncomfortable to use. They are much more comfortable than the Sakura Pigma Micron, which has a sharp edge that digs into my finger and that I find almost impossible to use for even a short time.
These pens are fun to draw with, so much so that I wish I was better at drawing so that I had something nicer to show you than this page of doodles:
I even had to cover up a particularly bad drawing on the left with three of the pens! Hopefully, I will improve with practice and maybe now that I have these pens I will feel like practicing my drawing more often.
Before I leave, I would also like to urge you to head over to Notebook Stories to read a very detailed review of Arwey notebooks and to have a chance to win one of the same notebooks. Good luck!
Related reviews: David Wasting Paper, Paint Daubs, Artista Blog.