Yes, that is a piece of rice. (like "write" on rice... hello...I am doing this word magic for you.) I love the fact that if I would hand this pen to most people they would: A. Smudge the point into a clump right away. B. Play pin the tail on the donkey with the paper. C. Stab me in the eye with it because I am freaking that they would do A. or B or all of the above.
0.05...those are some magical numbers. that little 0 in front of the 5 and after the . makes a world of difference. and Pigmented ink! What's that you ask? Well I stole this info from the internets:
Pigmented ink particles tend to settle into the tiny fibers that make up the paper. As the ink drys, the pigment particles get stuck in the fibers. Thus, the pigmented inks are more water resistant than the dye-based inks. Only about 5 to 10 percent of the ink will re-flow if the paper is hit by water.
Yeah, I don't know what that means either. But I do know that I don't think there's "too thin" when it comes to pens. I have picked up some inking pens before and thought "whoa, little thin there" but in the end, I am sure I would take a chance on it. I would much rather take my time with a .05 than with a .7 globbing it's way through the paper.
This pen is exactly what you expect, nice and light, perfect ink and even a little window to see what color ink you are rocking. I could see this for my sketchbook rather than for my journal. I think it was only a couple bucks and I will never pass that up for this type of pen.
As always, click for a larger and better views and sorry, I didn't feel like breaking out the tripod to shoot these. Not my best photography tonight. I love this proverb. It was tough finding a thin quote without offending anyone. It's true though...there's no use quietly breaking the rules.
I have received tons of mail about the Pilot Explorers. Thanks everyone. Glad to know I wasn't a man on an island with this one. Just to clarify though... I am not the Johnny Appleseed of the Explorers and I am not giving them away to people. I gave one away to the correct guess on what I found and I probably will fire one off to Brad at Pen Addict just because, but other than that...make me a deal and we can make a trade. I didn't find a creative place to get these through customs for nothing. (that's another joke people... or is it?)
Enjoy your day.