For many years, when I was sketching in England, I was reliant on the Eddings pigment ink pens. That lasted me for three or four years. I had only found Eddings here once and I found that it had dried up!
For the next decade, I had used Pilot pigment ink pens. These and the Edding ones were used in a lot of my major pieces, larger scale ones which I no longer do.
Now, I use a mixture. Copic, Uni, Faber-Castell, Sakura and ZIG-Millennium. I am retiring the Copic and Faber-Castell pens soon, and will rely mainly on Uni.
I will retain my Sakura and ZIG Millennium ones.
- Eddings - Average. (if I recall).
- Rotring - Initial heavy ink flow, even with the smaller tipped ones, resulting in thick lines. Leaky nib.
- Copic - Weak tip, poor nib, easily spoilt. Small ink well.
- Uni - Consistent ink flow. Medium ink well. Good nib.
- Pilot - Small ink well. Dries easily. Uneven flow later allows them to be used for textures.
- Faber-Castell Ecco - Small ink well. Average nib. Better than Pilot.
- Sakura Micron - Good flow, good nib.
- ZIG-Millennium - Good nib. Average flow.
- Artline - Good.
My top preferences:
- Micron Sakura / Artline (Equal ranking)
Of course, my use of them is consistent with my drawings and my style. Others may have different usages like drafting and also different styles of drawing.
I also cultivate my pens. In what sense? Older pens are used to do textures while newer ones with their smoother flow are used for certain line work and hatching.