There are better Japanese pens. I find that people who love thier pens or care what they use know and love this pen. Especially the V7 for me. When I first started to develop an art style this pen was my work horse I would write prose and the pen felt like it would leak out ideas and because of its not so fine point i used it in all my art. I never go without, The Pilot G-5s are okay but nothing compares to the V series.