As you all may already know from reading my reviews that the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens have been my go-to pens for using in my notebooks. They last a long time, are disposable, and fairly durable. I decided to rotate them out of my daily carry not due to changing my opinion about them but because I wanted to try out other pens that were similar. For the past couple of weeks I have been using the Sakura Pigma Micron pens in all of sorts of sizes day in and day out. Let’s take a look!
Sakura is a Japanese company that originally started as a crayon company in 1921 but over time started experimenting with create products. In 1924 they invented the first oil based pastel that combined oil and pigment. In the 1980’s Sakra needed to create an inexpensive drawing tool that used high quality pigment instead of low-grade dye inks. They discovered a way to get to the submicron level and allow ink to flow through the smallest of pen nibs. Today the Pigma ink continues to be a favorite amongst architects, writers, artists, cartoonists, scrapbookers, and stationery fans.
The Sakura Pigma Micron pen is a disposable pen with archival pigma ink. The body is typically khaki with metal and black accents. The Sakura Pigma Micron pens also only come in 6 sizes but do come in a couple of different colors. The sizes are .2mm, .25mm, .3mm, .35mm, .45mm, and .5mm . So if you like your pens to be mediums or have broad nibs these may not be for you.
Let’s put this into perspective for a minute. The typical BIC ballpoint pen is writes in 1.0mm, the typical Pilot G-2 gel pen comes in 0.7mm, the Pilot Precise V5 comes in 0.5mm.. Well in the picture above you’ll see the 0.2mm next to the 0.5mm. We are talking MICRO level!
One of the things that I don’t like about the Sakura Pigma Micron pens is the ink used to label the caps and body of the pens. These pens typically stay in a pen case and still the labels get rubbed off with only about two weeks of use.
The Sakura Pigma Micron pens write exceptionally well though no matter the size. They are water proof and erase proof. These pens write relatively similar to the Staedtler Pigment Liners, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist, and the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens. If you are a fan of any of these I am sure adopting a Sakura Pigma Micron pen will not be hard for you.
So the question, are these worth the investment? Absolutely. These are great writing pens and they are priced very very close to the others. Really what it comes down to is what appeals to you aesthetically. Personally I prefer the look of the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens or the Staedtler Pigment Liner but I could be just as happy with the Sakura Pigma Microns too.
- Super Micro sizes!
- Long lasting
- Archival ink
- If you are getting these just to write with they can be a bit pricey
Price: $11 for 6-pack, $0.56 per pen
Sizes: 2mm, 0.25mm, 0.3mm, 0.35mm, 0.45mm, and 0.5mm
Colors: Black, Sepia, Blue, Red, Green, Brown, Purple, Yellow, Orange, Rose, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Blue/Black, and Fresh Green.
Body Shape: Round
I’ve had a lot of fun using the Sakura Pigma Micron pens and I think you all would too if you gave them a chance. Thanks for reading as always and be sure to check out my post on the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens if you haven’t read them. Feel free to comment below or message me HERE and tell me what you think about the Sakura Pigma Microns or if there are any pens similar that you like/dislike. Also, click to pick up a pack of Sakura Pigma Micron pens if you want to give them a try and let me know what you think.