I thought I would try the same style for reviewing the Sakura Pigma Micron as I did with the Parker Urban. I would love to see your comments on this new style I am using.
Design and Quality
This is very much a standard plastic barrel. The cap has a pretty strong metal clip and what I find most impressive is the cap really clicks strongly into place when it is either posted on the top or bottom. As much as I have have said this is a standard plastic pen it doesn’t look like it thanks to the colour of the barrel and cap. It is a dark cream colour with the text colours used both black and purple. To keep a flow to the colours the bottom of the Micron were you would post the cap is black.
There is a ring of plastic that protrudes from the bottom of the grip area. This is really important as I found the grip area to be way to smooth for me to keep a good grip of the Micron while writing for long periods. I also found the grip area to be usually small.
Weight and Dimensions
Things get interesting here, I find the cap really unbalances the weight of the Micron. The cap has a metal clip and is connected to the cap using a pretty wide metal ring at the top. This makes the cap very top heavy. With the cap posted the Pigma feels very bottom heavy. For the best writing/sketching experience don’t post the cap. Felt like I was using a completely different pen with and without the cap posted.
- With the cap it comes in at 13.5cm in length.
- Without the cap it is 12.9cm in length.
- With the cap posted it is 16cm in length.
There isn’t one. Just buy a new one when the ink is all gone.....NEXT!!
Nib and Performance
The nib is covered with a metal tip and if I can give some advise here, don’t be heavy handed when writing as it would be very easy to damage the super tiny writing nib. I nearly bent the nib when I first started writing! The Micron I have been using is the 005 model (Black) which writes with a 0.20mm line width (Heres a link to the other line widths it comes in).
The ink used is of archival quality which means it is waterproof and fade resistant. I found the ink flow to be super consistent and has great depth of colour. It didn’t bleed, feather or smear on any of the note/sketch books I have been using. One pretty cool thing is that I haven’t seen anything show through to the other side of the paper.
You can also buy it in the following colours; Black, Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, Purple and Rose (Would love to try this one!).
The Cost and is it worth it?
Mine cost me £2.32 from Cult-Pens and I think it is well worth it. Even though I think its target audience is professionals and artists it is a great everyday pen for anyone. I definitely will continue to buy this and really recommend you try one. Just don’t write with the cap posted!