When I picked up the Pilot Precise V5 rollerball pen from the Luling Walmart, I was blissfully unaware of this, and I'd hoped that rollerballs, which tend to have a free flowing ink, wouldn't be nearly as difficult to ink with as ballpoint pens.
Like so many things at Walmart, these pens came blister packed, two in a package. As a reviewer, I really prefer open stock, because commitment to products scares me.
- Extra fine tip- .5 mm
- Precise, clean line
- Precision tip
- Smooth and Long Writing
- Black Ink
- Made by Pilot
- Liquid Ink
- Available in other colors and sizes
At Pilot, we are proud of the quality of our pens. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the performance of this pen, return it, postage paid to Pilot Corporation of America, Customer Service Manager, 3855 Regent Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 224, and we will replace it free with a comparable product.
The package also includes a tip I didn't know, which I'll try out the next time I fly: When using most liquid ink pens on an airplane, bbe sure to remove the cap with point upward to avoid problems that could occur due to cabin pressure.
The Pilot Precise V5 features a plastic pen body with an ink viewing window on the side, a posting cap, and a metal clip.
It also includes a viewing window where you grip the pen, although I've always wondered why rollerball pens tend to include this window, as it doesn't really signify your ink levels. If you have insight on this, please let me know via email! Your response will be shared in that week's Saturday Mailbag.
The point looks fairly fine, although for many artists, .5 isn't that fine- .3 and below are what many consider 'fine'.
The Field Test
My preliminary test showed that the V5 is fine for doodling, with generous ink flow that isn't prone to splotching, but does take a moment to try. Unfortunately, the waxiness of non photo blue pencils creates a resist with the liquid ink, and can clog up the rollerball, so this isn't a good pen for inking.
Immediate Water Application
Immediate water application causes the ink to run drastically, but the effect is almost like a watercolor marker or brushpen, and could be utilized for color application.
Makes a good pseudo inkwash- of course you apply more ink where you would like the shadows to be darker, quickly swipe with clean water.
V5 is at top of page.
Ink Sketches to Demonstrate Faux Inkwash Technique
Water was applied immediately after sketch was completed with a clean brush. You could also use a waterbrush if you so desired. For darker areas, I drew more lines, as it meant more ink would come into play when water was added.
|Gesture sketches of my cat Bowie.|
After 24 Hour Dry Time
But often pens that aren't watersafe ARE Copic-safe, so it's time to pull out the markers and find out!
Immediate Copic Application
Paper used: Fluid Hot Press watercolor paper (smooth finish)
After 24 Hour Dry Time
This pen is not suitable for inking pieces you intend to color with alcohol based markers.
The Pilot Precise V5 is great for doodling, and can be used to create spontaneous faux ink-wash effects in your sketchbook. This is great for tonal studies, but not so great for inking watercolors or pieces you intend to render with alcohol based markers. You cannot ink over non photo blue lead with this pen, and graphite will probably also cause skipping.