Hello there nice people! I hope you are all doing well. My life was a mess, hence my absence here, but I am slowly trying to get back to normality (as far as it is possible), so I am sitting in front of my laptop and typing away. Today I have a very exciting blog post for you – a review!

I am an affiliate of Notebook Therapy for quite some time now and they never disappoint. I absolutely love their products so I was very happy as they offered me a set of Sakura Microns to test out and write a review about! Well, I got the pens in the mail so it is time to find out if they are any good 🙂

[I got these pens for free in exchange for this review. My opinion is still unbiased and honest. I don’t receive money for this review.]

I of course still have a Notebook Therapy discount code if you happen to need one. It’s ‘thecaffeinatedjournal10’ for 10% off of all items in the shop!

I heard a lot of great things about these pens so I was very curious if they are as good as everybody says. I think Amanda Rach Lee (@amandarachdoodles on instagram) loves them, so that says something, right?

The pens came wrapped securely in bubble wrap, I actually struggled a little to get them out because they were wrapped so tightly. They got to me in perfect condition, no leaking or anything. I never had any problems with packages from Notebook Therapy, they came quickly and securely packaged, without any damage. No exception this time. So let us move on to the exciting part: the pens!

This is how the review will be built up:

  1. Pen style and general info
  2. The pen set
  3. Special characteristics
  4. Price
  5. Pen tests on different papers
  6. Conclusion and my opinion

So if you are only interested in one category, you can easily skip to that one. Let’s dive in!

The Sakura Micron pens are fineliners with Pigma-ink. Pigma ink is a trademarked ink that is pigment based. It has archival qualities, so it is fade-resistant, waterproof and also permanent. They come in a lot of different colors and nib sizes.

The pens are quite simplistic – they are light brown and come with a cap that states the size of the nib. Printed onto the pen, you can find the nib size and the line width.

I received a set of Pigma Micron pens from Notebook Therapy. It is a set of 7 pens with different nib sizes, all in black. The different nib sizes and line widths are as following:

005 nib size – 0.20 mm line width
01 nib size – 0.25 mm line width
02 nib size – 0.30 mm line width
03 nib size – 0.35 mm line width
04 nib size – 0.40 mm line width
05 nib size – 0.45 mm line width
08 nib size – 0.50 mm line width

I drew these quick doodles so you can see the line widths. Somehow I have a feeling that they are not quite accurate, like the 0.25 mm line width (01 nib) looks thinner than the 0.20 mm line width (005 nib size). But I am not very bothered by this, because I already know the line widths so I can just use the pen I need with the desired line width.

The pens are advertised as waterproof, light proof and permanent. A lot of artists choose Micron pens for their artworks, because the ink doesn’t fade, bleed or smudge after it dried. You can watercolor over it, use highlighters or any kind of pen over it and it shouldn’t smudge or bleed.

There are a lot of retailers that sell original Sakura Pigma Micron pens. My set is from Notebook Therapy. A set of 7 pens cost 13.80 USD or 11.87 Euros, which is approximately 1.97 USD per pen. You can get them here:

Sakura Micron pens

[I receive 10% commission if you buy through this link, but you also get 10% off of your order.]

Of course I had to try out the pens on different papers and see if they ghost or bleed through paper, if they smudge (cause I am lefty) and overall how they write. I used my current bullet journal for one kind of paper, it has thin paper, 70 g/sqm, even thinner than the Leuchtturm paper (80 g/sqm). I also tested it on my Nuuna notebook, that has 120 g/sqm Munken paper. Here are the results:

Pen test in my bullet journal
The other side
Pen test in a Nuuna notebook
The other side

As you can see, I tested a Mildliner and a Tombow directly over a Micron pen. On the left side I put the color on top of the pen without letting it dry. On the right side I waited a few seconds for the ink to dry. I also did the same with the smudge test.

I am very satisfied with how the pen tests turned out. The pens didn’t bleed through the thin pages of my journal, they also don’t ghost much.

In conclusion I really like these fineliners. They have a nice black ink, great line width variety and I am able to draw very thin lines with them. I am a little bit confused by the mismatched line width printed on the pen and the actual line width, but that is nothing I can’t deal with. They don’t feather on paper, don’t bleed or ghost and take markers and highlighters well. I will definitely use them in my journal and artworks!

You can buy these pens here:

Sakura Micron pens

[I receive 10% commission if you buy through this link, but you also get 10% off of your order.]

Also don’t forget to use the code ‘thecaffeinatedjournal10’ if you want to get 10% off of your order on Notebook Therapy, no matter what you want to buy. I get those 10%, so you help me out, too 🙂

Are you familiar with the Micron pens? Do you like them? Would you try them? Tell me in the comments!