I read online for a couple of days to make sure this was really what I wanted. After reading about 100 reviews I found there was basically two types of people - those who love Rapidograph pens, and those who hate them. Really. Here is a basic set of complaints: the pens are hard to fill, the nibs break too easily, the pens clog easily and when they do the pen is ruined, too expensive, the components are too fragile. But most people who enjoy the pens have used them for years and have found with proper care and maintenance the pens can last for years. One reviewer had a set of pens for nearly 30 years! Basically if you clean your pens often, use them regularly or clean the ink out of them between uses, don't draw too hard with them (they require only a light hand), and don't shake them, they will last for a long time.
I read reviews and watched videos of people using the pens. I also did a Google search and a Flickr search of illustrations and drawings done with Rapidograph pens. By the time I went Tuesday to pick them up I was practically drooling!!!!!
I got them home, opened them, scanned over the directions, and started filling. I found that could not get the reservoir off the pen. I tried but couldn't open any of them. I reread the instructions and they said to remove the reservoir with a "slight twist." I tugged and strained for a moment, then went back to the instructions. Duh!!!! I had really just glanced at the pictures - which are in black and white. I was forgetting to unscrew the colored clamp ring from the holder. So simple once I figured that out.
I got my pens filled and started doodling. Here is an illustration I did with the .25 and .50 sizes.
And one I did using just the .30 size.
I love how much detail I can get with these pens. So far the performance is far superior to any of the pigment liners I have tried. The line width is consistent, and the ink flows easily. My pen set came with Trans-Mix Media Brilliant Ink which I like, but I would like to try Koh-i-noor's india ink as well.
One thing I did not find was a close up of the tips or nibs of these pens. So I thought I would post one of the smallest and one of the largest tips. Click on these pictures for a full view.
Wow, so far these pens are awesome!!!! One thing I did notice is that one of my pens leaked a bit. It was the one I used the most yesterday, but I also notice that the clamp ring was loose. I cleaned it and tightened the clamp ring. I will keep you guys posted on these pens and their performance.