Ultra Fine Pens

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Switch to ultra fine pens to improve your handwriting and produce highly detailed drawings. Pens with extra fine nibs produce very thin and consistent lines. With these writing instruments, you can fit more letters and numbers on blank pages and graph paper with closely spaced grid lines. You can find the right ultra fine pen to practice calligraphy and make sharp drawings in the wide selection of writing tools at Staples®.

Consider Size When Comparing Ultra Fine Pens
Pen manufacturers usually classify ultra fine tips as nibs with a width of 0.4 mm or less. The smaller the width of a tip, the finer the line it puts down on paper. Pens with very narrow nibs come in three tip sizes: 0.3, 0.28, and 0.25 mm. These create sharper lines but can feel scratchier on textured paper than pens with tip sizes between 0.35 and 0.4 mm. Barrel size is another important factor to consider when shopping for pens. The length and diameter of a pen barrel determine its heft and feel when held. A well-balanced unit is comfortable to hold during extended writing sessions. Standard full-sized pens are 5.3 to 5.7 inches long and 0.36 to 0.42 inches wide. Slim pens have thinner barrels while mini pens are shorter.

Other Key Features to Look for in Ultra Fine Pens
There are a variety of different style pens to choose from. There are aesthetic differences that do no significantly affect performance. For example, choosing between capped and retractable pens is a matter of personal preference. A cap does prevent ink from drying out over time but is easy to lose and increases the weight of the pen. Retractable units are stylish and preferred by those that habitually click their pens. There are two major shapes of pen nibs: needle and conical. A needle tip is slender and provides a slight advantage when tracing lines along a straight edge or ruler. A conical tip is sturdier and less likely to snap off if dropped.

Do Ultra Fine Pens Use Special Inks?
No. They use the same types of inks found in other pens. These include dye-based inks dissolved in water or alcohol-soluble solvents. Most pens with fine tips write with gel ink. This has pigments suspended in water-soluble gel media. Gel inks have two major advantages, they are highly viscous and come in a wide selection of colors including bright and pastel tones as well as metallic, glittery, and iridescent shades.

Should You Get Quick-Drying Ultra Fine Pens?
Yes. You can avoid accidentally smudging your writing or drawing by using pens that put down quickly drying inks. Fast-drying inks are also less likely to bleed through paper. Gel inks dry slower than alcohol and oil-based inks. If you write very quickly, get a pen that glides smoothly and puts down fast-drying ink.

Can You Write on Non-Paper Surfaces With Ultra Fine Pens?
You can write on glass, ceramic, plastic, metal, and cloth with pens and markers with ultra-fine tips. Be careful when writing on fabric not to snag the slender tip of your pen on the weave of the material. How well a pen writes on non-paper surfaces also depends on the type of ink it uses.

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