This pen, which looks very much like a small soldering iron, has a triangular section handle which makes it comfortable to grip and therefore easy to control. The handle flares out to form a guard to keep the fingers away from the hot bits of the iron. There are six interchangeable bits supplied with the pen, which allow a range of graphic effects to be achieved and an additional set of patterned ones is also available. All you need to add is a bit of creativity!
26 August 2015
Excellent for a first pen, but only for occasional useThis is basically a soldering iron with screw in nibs. The stand that comes with it is frankly pathetic and in my opinion more dangerous than just balancing the pen on something. The stand is very lightweight metal that the slightest breeze will move. The pen itself is uncomfortable to hold for long. The plastic grip gets uncomfortably hot towards the element and you can't hold it like a pencil and write, the element is just too long. If you hold it vertically the heat coming up off the element is quite noticeable. The nibs however go on and off very easily and as this is my first pen I can only say that they do make marks on the wood but you need to move quite slowly to get a consistent mark otherwise it acts like a worn out felt tip, the wider the nib end the more so.
12 May 2015
Good value for moneyDoes what it says on the box. For the price I wasn't expecting much but it does the job just fine , tips only bend a bit if you weigh on too much (which you don't have to) gets plenty hot enough to work on most woods. I was using beech so will definitely work fine on softwoods. The cable is a good length and if used by someone with a bit of common sense you won't have any problems. Recommend for occasional use and If you don't want to fork out on a proffesional unit.
25 February 2014
Poorly designed and not hot enough to do the jobThis product is fairly cheap but unfortunately that is all the is to recommend it. I wasn't expecting high performance at this price but I did expect a tool that would do the job. Multiple shortcuts make the product awkward to use - the cable is too short, the pen won't sit in its safety stand, and the changeable heads unscrew themselves in use. However, the ultimate flaw is that the pen simply doesn't get hot enough to scorch anything but the softest of wood.