The edding 1880 is the budget cousin of the edding 1800. I find this confusing because the number is bigger but realise that’s my problem not the pen’s. Not only can you buy two 1880s for pretty much the price of one 1800, it’s available in twice as many tip sizes (but one quarter the number of ink colours). How does it shape up?
I was able to get this pen at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of the site. These are my own honest opinions.
Tip size options: 005, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08
Barrel options: dark blue
Ink type: waterproof, light resistant black pigment
The pen’s a comfortable length and weight and doesn’t look too terrible. It’s certainly better looking than the hideously ugly 1800. The barcode is impossible to ignore.
The tip size is clearly marked on the side of the pen and on the end of the cap but not on the end of the barrel.
The clip is a soft plastic and functional but liable to bending permanently out of shape if not treated gently. The cap closes and posts securely and with a happy little click.
The tip puts down a good crisp and consistent line. The ink is properly black but can go a little glossy when shading. It dries very quickly. Unfortunately the tip is quite clicky when you’re moving it about, writing or sketching.
The 1880 is a reasonable drawing pen and if you can put up with the clickiness of the tip it’s certainly not worth paying double for the 1800. There are better drawing pens available, though, and I won’t be buying a full set.
Good crisp black line
Cap posts securely
Clip not very robust
Ink can get a little glossy