Copic Multiliner SP
Copic Multiliner Pens were tucked into a package sent to me by DTPW? early adopter Adrian. Enclosed was this handwritten note on gorgeous handmade paper:
- Wished to see a review of this pen and felt the best way to facilitate it was to send a couple to you. Cheers!
Well it worked! Forgive the absence of a writing sample and actual product snaps. Despite being one of the best conventions of pen blogging, it’s one I haven’t mastered and would rather spare folks shaky camera work and uninspiring scan jobs. The Copic Multiliner SP deserves better than that.
Like Kaluha mudpie slushes, The Copic Multiliner SP is a sometimes food; that’s largely due to price. That said, it’s worth every penny. For starters these pens are sustainable. You can changes the nibs and refill the ink. Despite my love of pen shopping, I find lack of sustainability rapidly becoming a deal breaker.
In my mind I pictured these pens looking and feeling similar to ZIG® Memory System® Millennium™ Pens, which is partly why I wasn’t eager to spend my Archie Double Digest allowance on them. This theory was quickly debunked when I compared the two side by side. Sadly, in direct competition the Zig Pen – which is a very NICE pen – bore as much resemblance to the Multiliner as Primo by Parfums de Coeur resembles Giorgio. Wait, does anyone actually wear Giorgio or have I just dated myself again?
The devastation continued when I compared the Copic’s writing prowess to the only legitimate contender in my collection – Brad, my sweet, sweet Faber-Castell® Pitt Artist Pen – which whimpered in the presence of the Multiliner. Now, before you think this Copic Multiliner SP is running around the pen jar, taking up space and making the other pens feel badly about themselves, I should clarify the Multiliner is an elegant and gracious writing instrument. It is not “spoiled down” or pompous. It’s a proud and hard working illustrator’s pen. I just wish I could provide a life for this pen worthy of its talent and pedigree. Unfortunately, since I am not in possession of any artistic talent, it’s unlikely the Copic Multiliner SP will used beyond infrequent – albeit deeply reverent – shopping lists and birthday cards.
That said, this Multiliner SP provided pure writing entertainment. Plus I got props for my pen when I carefully penned some notes – okay it was a shopping list on an index card – while chilling at Starbucks. Someone actually mistook me for an artist. The kind that draws stuff. That was pretty fun!
The Bottom Line
- Classic, styling similar to Zig, with Zig being the Scion xA and Copic Multiliner being the Lexus LS
- Convinced of its superb inking capabilities, but when I track down one of my artistic friends I confirm it.
- Sustainable, with refillable inks and replaceable nibs. Ha, the word “nibs” reminds me of nipples, which confirms that despite being grown, I’m still kind of like a five year old. I just love typing “nibs”.
- Comfortable! I am a lefty turned righty who still writes like a lefty. Sometimes this contributes to writing fatigue because of the strain of writing “backwards”. This pen was wonderful. I wrote for a good twenty minutes – carefully crafted list of daily cleaning tasks – and my hand didn’t cramp or tire.
- Pricey for an individual pen, but still well within the DTWP? price point – $6.75 and refills are in the $3 range. My set was a gift and I do not look for dental records upon receiving a gift horse. That’s naughty.
- Extremely fun to use! I cannot stress this enough. It’s fun using this pen. Where can you get legal, family friendly fun for under seven bucks that doesn’t involve Disney?
- Unfortunately, it will not prepare bacon to your desired crispiness.