Razertip Tip Shapes
Razertip offers over 860 different tip configurations plus custom tips, most in your choice of fixed or interchangeable styles. With so many to choose from we realize that selecting the right tip may be a bit of a challenge. We have grouped the tip styles together according to their most common uses. If you are not sure which tip or pen is best for your needs please contact us and we will help you pick just the right tool.
Heavy-Duty (HD) vs. Standard Tips
Generally speaking, standard tips and standard fixed-tip pens are your best choice for fine detail work. They recover their heat more quickly than heavy duty pens and tips and most people find the standard pens more comfortable to hold. Heavy-duty pens and tips are your best choice for shading and applications where more "flat" pressure will be placed on the tip or where the tip will be used for cutting. Heavy duty pens and tips also will stand up better to harder use. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and there are those who prefer the feel of heavy duty pens over standard pens.
Fixed-tip vs. Interchangeable
For the most part our advice is to use fixed-tip pens for those tip shapes that you will use a lot and consider getting one or two BPH interchangeable-tip pens for lesser-used or home-made tips. BPH pens have also proven very popular with Feather Former™ Tips. Fixed-tip pens allow you to work with your fingers closer to your work surface, giving you better control over fine work. The laser-welded tip is usually more rigid than in our BPH pen, again, better control. Fixed-tip pens are absolutely essential when cutting any material, especially plastics or anything that melts. Melted material can get into contact areas on BPH pens and cause the tip to stop heating. All of our pens are relatively cool to operate, but BPH pens are generally the coolest-operating pens available. If you have very sensitive fingers or if you work at high heat settings you may find the BPH pens to be your best choice. One word of caution, however - if you decide on BPH pens and are planning on changing tips be sure to buy at least 2 pens because changing tips on a hot pen is no fun (also if you have 2 pens you will not need to change tips as often).