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What is a Micron Pen?

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What is a Micron Pen?

A micron pen is an ink based pen with a special tip. All micron pens come with a fine point tip which makes them great for drawing and writing. Most of them are waterproof and quick drying with pigment ink. Micron pens will usually not clog or dry out compared to other pens like a ball point pen. The ink will not bleed through even the thinnest of papers and is smear proof once dry.<

Micron pens come in an assortment of tip sizes. Here’s just a simple list of popular sized micron tips:<

(005.20mm)<
(01.25mm)<
(02.30mm)<
(03.35mm)<
(05.45mm)<
(08.50mm)<

These pens are notably called Technical Drawing Pens but not all micron pens are the same, some are more advanced than others. The original technical drawing pens were designed for architects and engineers. Because these pens are so precise, quality made and reliable, they became a favorite among artists of many trades.<

Within the Technical Drawing Pen:

Technical drawing pens often have a narrow metal or plastic tube. Often times containing a very thin wire as to deliver ink through the tip. With a circular tube design, it allows the user to create precise lines in any stroke. Some words of caution – the ink delivery system requires the pen be held perpendicular to the writing surface (90 degree angle) to function properly. These pens usually don’t like to work at more acute angles.<

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Tip Sizes:

The tips of technical drawing pens range from a (0.03mm) to a (1.4mm). According to each tip size, they will produce a line of a single width size. Smaller tips are great for making tiny and precise details but they must be treated delicately to avoid damage. Larger tips are a lot stronger and allow for a more rich ink flow, usually resulting in thick lines perfect for outlining or bold lettering.<

Keep in mind that some manufacturers measure the tip width while others measure the line being produced. This will result in some inconsistencies in the designated widths. Most metal tips are measured by their line produced and can create a finer line than plastic tips of the same measurements.<

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Tip Material:

Technical drawing pens are made with either solid metal tips or a plastic tips with a metal guide. Metal tips are more durable and can be produced into very fine tips. Although, these metal tipped pens are more expensive to replace and require regulatory cleaning.<

Plastic tipped pens can feel a lot smoother than metal tipped pens. They are more forgiving of acute drawing angles and can provide a small amount of line variation but tend to be less durable overall. Even with careful use, one can lead to finer tips breaking or fraying apart. Nonetheless their lower price cost and overall reliability make them a widely chosen among many artists.<

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Disposable vs. Reusable:

Technical drawing pens are made available as disposable or reusable. But don’t be misguided by the word “disposable” here, the selection between the two is not about quality as it is more about personal preferences. Disposable pens require hardly no maintenance and are great for beginners or on the go drafting.<

Technical drawing pens that are reusable are built to last a lifetime. These pens can be taken apart to refill the ink, replace damaged parts, or for cleaning the pen. They are better suited for more advanced users because regular cleaning and maintenance is required.<

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Ink Filling:

With reusable pens, there are two types of ink filling systems such as a bottle and a cartridge. Inks that are bottle are more economical and can be very messy to refill as well difficult to transport. Cartridges are easier to change and transport, but they are more costly and are unique to each brand of pen.<

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Technical Drawing Pen Uses:

Technical drawings and blueprints require precise lining, with mathematical accuracies and perfect detail. When a single mis-drawn line could mean a misplaced support beam, the tools for drawing need to be as sharp as the minds using them.<

The technical drawing pen was crafted to meet these requirements, with needle-point tips for the use with templates and reliable fine lines for meticulous detailing. Even with the advent of computer-aided design, these pens are still widely used by engineers, architects and other designers.<

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Scientific Illustration:

Scientific illustration is the art of creating drawings and representations for educational purposes in various fields. Attention to detail is a requirement for these illustrations. Technical pens allow for the detail and precision necessary for illustrators to create reliable work.<

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Typographs and Letters:

Typography is the design process of making readable, beautiful, and coherent fonts. Many typographers use guides and templates before creating each letter on vellum or tracing paper. Technical pens work really great on these translucent papers, giving typographers clean edges and bold lines for a perfect font.<

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Comic and Manga Illustrations:

Comic artists enjoy technical pens for their precise line widths, small tip sizes, portability, and reliability. Technical pens can be used with rulers and templates and are far more consistent than nibs or brushes. These fine tips are appreciated for their tiny details that they can produce.<

Comic artists also use technical pens for lettering due to their even line weight and reliable ink flow. While all technical drawing pens are well suited for comics and manga’s, the Sakura Pigma Micron and Copic Multiliner pens are the most common chosen among comic artists because of their fine line and more generous plastic tips.<

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Recommendations:

Beginners –

Sakura Pigma® Micron® Pens The Sakura Pigma® Micron® pen is one of the most favored among technical drawing pens. They are inexpensive pens and boast archival quality ink in seven different tip sizes and fifteen colors. They are maintenance free, portable, and reliable. The perfect pen for all varieties of creative people.<

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Ohto® Graphic Liner® The Ohto® Graphic Liner® is a unique pen in that they are the only disposable pen with a stainless steel tip. This gives them the reliability in general as for a reusable pen without the added cost or maintenance. The Graphic Liners® come in six different tip sizes and work well on a wide variety of papers and other material.<

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Intermediate –

The reusable technical pens are durable and economical than disposable technical pens. They have a higher upfront cost with individual parts that can be replaced or refilled, resulting in a more environmentally conscious pen in the long run. Maintenance may be required from time to time for these below:<

The Copic® Multiliner SP®The Copic® Pen is a favorite among artists for its reliable output, strong metal body, replaceable and interchangeable parts and they come in a variety of colors. The 9 different sizes include a (0.03mm) pen which is the smallest of all plastic tipped pens. The (0.3mm) size body comes in 11 colors and the colored refill cartridge can be customized with a replacement tip of any size over (0.2mm).<

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Koh-I-Noor® Rapidosketch® – The Koh-I-Noor® Rapidosketch® pens are a reliable recommendation to a more expensive pen such as the Rapidograph® and Isograph®. These metal tipped pens are available in 3 tip sizes and are each packaged in a durable plastic casing. The included ink is especially dark and creates bold and consistent lines.<

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Advanced –

For those who don’t mind putting in the time and work of maintaining a pen these pens are designed to perform for many years to come. Their highly pigmented inks, reliable quality and manufacturer warranty make them a favorite among professionals.<

Rotring® Rapidograph® When drafters complete an apprenticeship, they are often given a set of technical drawing pens to use for their careers. The German engineered Rotring® Rapidographs® is the choice in such situations due to their quality, reliability, precision, and performance.<

Rapidograph® pens come in 14 different sized tips. More than any other technical drawing pen on the market. This allows for a size in any circumstance. They are great for on site work: durable plastic bodies and screw-on caps protect the tips from damage. The tips themselves are chrome-plated for extra durability. Though these pens require regular maintenance, they are designed to last a lifetime.<

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Rotring® Isograph® Rotring® Isographs® share the same quality engineering as Rapidographs®. They do not have as many tip sizes as the Rapidograph®. The Isograph® pens still have 9 tip sizes and a slightly lower cost. The archival inks come in bottle form and include a white ink unavailable in other technical pens. Though less well-known than the Rapidograph® pens, the Isograph® pens are by no means inferior. With proper care these pens will deliver precision and quality for a lifetime.<

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Care For Your Technical Drawing Pens:

Technical drawing pens require special care to ensure the best performance outcome. These simple guidelines will help keep your pens functioning as intended.<

During Use – Technical drawing pens are designed to be held perpendicular to the paper surface (90 degree angle) or the pen may not preform or can become damaged when used at more acute angles. These pens should never be used at an angle less than 45 degrees away from the paper surface. Smooth papers such as vellum, tracing paper and bristol board are best suited for these pens. Rough surfaces such as watercolor paper and sketch pad paper should be avoided as they may damage the tips.<

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Maintenance – Reusable metal tipped pens require additional maintenance. They should be cleaned accordingly to the manufacturers directions to prevent any buildup of dried ink. Also avoid storing these pens for long periods of time with ink inside them as the ink may dry out and clog the narrow pen tips.<

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Summary:

Technical drawing pens are loved by many artists, engineers, and drafters alike for their extreme precision and wide variety of tip sizes. Even with many computer tools out there in today’s world, they are still used in a variety of professions.<

So tell me, how do you use your technical drawing pens? Leave a comment to let me know!<

(Some of the information and all images present were used from www.jetpens.com. For additional pen information, please check out their Graphic Drawing Pens article!)<

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