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Friday, June 22, 2012

Sharpie Liquid Pencils

(Disclaimer: this is a personal review of this product; I received no products or compensation for the review. Opinions are 100% mine.)
This is a rather unique product. It is actually a pen with a liquid graphite ink that is initially erasable. I purchased it (at Hobby Lobby) in a set of two for about $5. It is also available at Amazon for $9.99  for a set of 12 (Sharpie Liquid Mechanical Pencils free shipping). If you think you will be using them much, this would be a much better buy.  You can also purchase Sharpie Liquid Pencil Refills, although it is actually cheaper to buy more pencils. 

I read the many reviews and many people commented that it did not write smoothly and it skipped a lot. I found this to be true at first. But several reviewers commented that the pencil did need some priming before the first use. After scribbling for about 30 seconds to a minute, the ink was smooth and even. I used it to draw an svg image in the Cameo and it was smooth the entire time. I think it took almost 10 minutes to finish the sketch so that was a lot of smooth, skip-free writing. My sample svg was the cow skull from Rustic Sketches
Sharpie states that the ink becomes more permanent after the first 24 hours but other reviewers found this to not be true. I agree with this; consider it a pencil that will probably always be erasable. Speaking of erasing, the lines erased cleanly with the included eraser. There were 4 additional erasers included in the package. 

Do I recommend this product? Yes, I do; it worked very well in the Cameo (I used a Hot Paws Pen Tool to secure it in the holder) for this project. I have not used it extensively for regular pencil use so I cannot speak well to that.

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