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== Pen choices for AxiDraw ==
 
== Pen choices for AxiDraw ==
  
The pen holder on the AxiDraw fits pens up to ⅝ inch (16 mm) in diameter. The maximum recommended pen weight is 1.6 oz (45 g). The design is such that the pen rests on the surface by its own weight. That allows it to ride over surfaces that are textured or otherwise uneven, however it also means that the pen holder does not apply significant downward pressure.  
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The pen holder on the fits pens up to ⅝ inch (16 mm) in diameter. The maximum recommended pen weight is 1.6 oz (45 g). The design is such that the pen rests on the surface by its own weight. That allows it to ride over surfaces that are textured or otherwise uneven, however it also means that the pen holder does not apply significant downward pressure.  
  
 
Good choices for pens to use include fountain pens, permanent markers, liquid-ink rollerball pens, technical pens, automatic pencils (particularly with soft lead), small-bodied whiteboard markers and other writing and drawing instruments that do not require significant downward pressure. While we will refer to writing and drawing instruments as “pens” to be concise, other instruments such as automatic pencils, chalk, charcoal, and brushes can also work well in many cases.
 
Good choices for pens to use include fountain pens, permanent markers, liquid-ink rollerball pens, technical pens, automatic pencils (particularly with soft lead), small-bodied whiteboard markers and other writing and drawing instruments that do not require significant downward pressure. While we will refer to writing and drawing instruments as “pens” to be concise, other instruments such as automatic pencils, chalk, charcoal, and brushes can also work well in many cases.
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=== Fountain pens that we have enjoyed using with the AxiDraw ===
 
=== Fountain pens that we have enjoyed using with the AxiDraw ===
  
Most fountain pens work very well in the AxiDraw. If you haven't used fountain pens before, you might want to look at [https://www.jetpens.com/blog/total-beginners-guide-to-fountain-pens/pt/927 this guide from JetPens] that talks about their basic usage.
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Most fountain pens work very well in the AxiDraw. If you haven't used fountain pens before, you might want to look at [https://www.jetpens.com/blog/total-beginners-guide-to-fountain-pens/pt/927 this guide from JetPens] that talks amount their basic usage.
  
 
* [http://amzn.com/B000R32CFG Lamy Safari], with medium or fine nib.  We really can't say enough about how good this pen is-- and it works wonderfully in the AxiDraw. Extraordinarily consistent ink flow at a variety of speeds; never seems to jam or clog. With blue ink, really shouts "this was written with a fountain pen."  The Lamy tips are somewhat broader than those from other manufacturers. The extra-fine tip is comparable in width to the Pilot with medium nib.
 
* [http://amzn.com/B000R32CFG Lamy Safari], with medium or fine nib.  We really can't say enough about how good this pen is-- and it works wonderfully in the AxiDraw. Extraordinarily consistent ink flow at a variety of speeds; never seems to jam or clog. With blue ink, really shouts "this was written with a fountain pen."  The Lamy tips are somewhat broader than those from other manufacturers. The extra-fine tip is comparable in width to the Pilot with medium nib.

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