Right Brain-Left Brain: The Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Marker Pen

JetPens was kind enough to send along a Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Marker pen on the EXACT day I needed a little pen pick-me-up. I’d had sort of a “Grrrrrrrrrr” day and the surprise arrival of the purple pen did wonders for my mood. (It’s the little things, doncha know?!) I’ve never used a Pigma Micron before, but I quickly learned a bit about the pen from scanning the information on the barrel. The ink is archival, waterproof, and fade-proof, which are certainly sought-after qualities in ink. So far, so good.

The pen felt very “artisty” in my hand, so I sat down to create my purple masterpiece. TA DA!


What can I say? I was hungry.

Obviously, I’m no artist (and I don’t even play one on TV), but I can easily see myself using this pen for my card-making projects….for lettering or for adding little designs, or even just for signing the cards.


A couple of washi tape birthday cards

For REAL artists, illustrators, and cartoonists, the Sakura Pigma Micron is a perfect choice. The metal-sheathed tip is firm, and the ink flow is precise and consistent. Add these attributes to the fact that the pen is offered in a range of colors and nib sizes (0.20, 0.25, 0.30, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, and 0.50 mm) and the Pigma Micron is easily a go-to pen for folks who are serious about their art (and even for those of us who just doodle, dabble, and play).

Like I said, I’m not an artist, but I’ve worked in the sciences since 19XX, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Sakura Pigma Micron is ALSO the pen of choice for scientists, architects, anthropologists, entomologists, archivists, and even precise diamond cutters (according to the Sakura website) because of the properties of the patented Pigma ink. Now SCIENCE, I can relate to. Having worked in laboratories for years, and now working in the sciences in a college setting, I can fully appreciate the need for archival, waterproof, and fade-proof ink. Sakura explains this piece very thoroughly on their website. When documentation MUST BE precise and permanent, the Sakura Pigma Micron is the answer.

The Sakura Pigma Micron at work…

When permanance counts


When precision counts


The color & nib size are easy to see (05 = 0.45mm)

So really- the Sakura Pigma Micron is very right brain-left brain. It’s artistic AND scientific. It’s precise AND expressive. It comes in (fun) colors. It comes in (serious) black. It’s super fun to draw with AND it protects your scientific data.

You have a right brain. You have a left brain. One of them wants you to buy this pen.

Obey your brain.

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4 thoughts on “Right Brain-Left Brain: The Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Marker Pen

  1. I have been using the Sakura Pigma Micron for years, originally using it to write entomological labels for insects and now using it for Zentangles. I also use it to do special lettering for card-making as well.

  2. Save the cap when you dispose of the pen. Once in a while, I lose the cap to one of these pens, and it is useful to have a spare to keep the ink from drying out while I look for the errant cap.

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