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This is my second FP...the...
March 28, 2012
This is my second FP...the first was 30 yrs. ago in college. This is a heavy pen. With the cap snapped to the back in writing position, it's quite back heavy. I find myself writing with the cap setting on the counter most of the time due to the back weight it creates. This is the second one of these for me. The first clogged up after 60 days of daily use and could not be made to work properly no matter what cleaning method I used. JetPens came to the rescue and replaced it. Great! customer service here.

Against what has been said by others, I'm not sure this would be my first FP of choice. The Med. nib is actually quite broad. If I were starting out, I would want something lighter and more balanced. The ink flow is good but this replacement will stop flowing properly if you stop writing for more than 20 sec. Something the first one I got did not do. You could lay it down, answer the phone, then go right back to writing, no problem.

Quality of fit and finish are top notch for such a reasonably priced pen. And as most have said, the cap snaps on quite firmly. Maybe to much so. I got the Maple version because I just finished a cabinet project using Maple... seemed logical. Don't shy away from getting this pen. It's quite pleasing to the eye and is an 'average' writer. I'm actually going to see if I can reshape the nib to be finer and smoother or replace it altogether if possible. Until then, it puts ink to paper to the best of my limited penmanship abilities.
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I was super excited to...
January 22, 2014
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I was super excited to order my Spalding fountain pen. I had bookmarked it during my first order, deciding that if I liked fountain pens, some day I would come back and "splurge" (which, I think we all know in fountain pens, "splurging" is a very relative thing).

Fast forward a year, and I decide to take the plunge. Overall, I'm a bit disappointed, but the pen still has some great qualities.

As far as the benefits go, the pen is stunning to look at and the nib is excellent. I absolutely love the wood finish and think it looks great. Mine is lighter in shade than the image led me to expect. If you're hoping for it to dark, red or even a medium type wood shade, it is not. It's a very light wood color. But I still think it looks absolutely magnificent. The nib has a great flow. I personally prefer a bold nib, if possible. I like thick, dark, even outright wet lines being laid down on paper. The Spalding is far lighter than what I'd like, but it feels great. Super smooth. For comparison purposes, my main fountain pen thus far is as TWSBI Mini with a Bold nib.

Unfortunately, I do have complaints. So much so, that the Spalding will not be much in my regular routine, though I do keep trying to work it in.

First, I will say, the pen is extremely poorly balanced. The cap is exceedingly heavy. It may be an exaggeration saying that 90% of the pens weight is in the cap, but it doesn't seem much like it. Whatever end of the pen the cap is on, you can feel it and it really just makes it feel cheaper than it should. And it affects my writing to some degree as well. I feel like I have very poor control when attaching the cap to the end (I know there are more formal terms for some of these parts, and I apologize for my crude method of relaying these details). Since the pen uses an international short cartridge, there is a large amount of room inside the barrel. I have considered trying to fill the barrel with some heavy material, since it would balance the pen much better. And overall, the pen is too light for my tastes anyways.

The nib and "mount", the parts that screw in to the barrel of the pen are always slightly unscrewed when I go to use the pen. I am able to write, but even with the mount loose 1/8 of a turn, there is flex between the nib/mount and the pen barrel. It's just frustrating since I know when I remove the pen from my pen cup, I'm inevitably going to have to do a quick turn to cinch down the nib before I continue. When I'm busy and not consciously thinking, I just start using the pen and end up with a bit of a mess on my hands, since my handwriting is affected by this. I may look in to some chemical to try to cinch down the threads, but not lock them permanently.

I am using the included black ink cartridge. I bought an international short converter, but it does not fit. It's just a hair too long in the initial stem that mates in with the pen (or so it seems). I like the color of the ink quite a bit (I like my black ink to be very dark). However, whenever I take the cap off the front side of the nib has a coating of black ink on it. I will dab it off with some tissue, but if I cap it and leave it nib down in a pen cup, within 30 minutes the front nib will be coated again. I suspect the cartridge will not last very long if this keeps up. It was also extremely messy to install, I've never had trouble before with cartridges or converters, but made a very large mess on my hands, old shorts and 3 or 4 paper towels. This almost certainly was more my doing due to inexperience; But the process may not be as fool proof as it was on my Pilot / TWSBI / Lamy pens.
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I really enjoyed the...
February 28, 2013
I really enjoyed the aesthetics of this pen. But I was hesitant at first to purchase it because it is manufactured by a sporting good company that isn't necessarily known for their quality. The limited reviews online of this pen also made me slightly hesitant as well.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. As a left hander not every fountain pen works well for me; but this pen actual works great. It has a good design and the construction is actually top notch. I purchased the Pelikan C499 Fountain converter with it, and it fits great as if it was made for this pen; It provided no problems while providing excellent ink flow. I have used a variety of inks with this pen and the pen handles them all with no problem. The nib provides a beautifully balanced medium nib that flows very smoothly on copy, notebook, and expensive paper that I have tried it on.

It writes first time every time with no flow problems. Another concern of mine was the wood appears to be slick as glass in the photos on the site, and I thought that it would be a slippery pen and hard to use; but it actually is not. It has a light shine to the wood but the wood still feels like wood and provides a good amount of grip so the pen will not slip from your hands, even after long use. The metal on the pen feels of good quality and is thick.

The cap has a nice firm snap to it when taken off or placed on the pen. Overall all of my concerns for the pen diminished upon receiving it and using it. It flushes easily, it writes great. It has a great feel to it. It writes great and has a really excellent build quality. It is now my everyday pen and it writes flawlessly every time.
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I enjoy the look and...
February 17, 2012
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I enjoy the look and feel of this pen. It wright smoothly but could use a finer nib.

I also enjoy how you can see the wood grains, combine that with a little ware on the finish and no two pens look like.
I would recommend this pen for those who are staring out with fountain pens.

side note: wood feels warmer than metal, which I like.
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It took months of research...
April 8, 2013
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It took months of research to find a new daily writer - I finally settled on this one and I'm glad I did. I've been using it for a little over a month and can't put it down. The ink always starts flowing immediately (or with a little coaxing after it's been sitting open for awhile) and there is never any skipping. The wood body is a nice touch as well - it's never cold like some metallic bodied pens - and it adds a somewhat rustic look to the otherwise modern design. This has quickly replaced several others as my daily writer.

The one small complaint I've had, and have heard from other people, is that the cap is too heavy when it's posted. It's true, but it really hasn't been a problem, the cap just sits on the table while writing. This pen is weighted wonderfully and it fits so well in the hand without the cap, there's no need to post it.

On an ink level, it does come with a cartridge - and has room to carry a spare inside - but I never used it because I immediately switched to the Kaweco Standard Converter and use J. Herbin Inks - a personal preference, but one that has made this pen a joy to use.

It's a great buy and I recommend it to anyone.
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One of the best pens...
October 2, 2012
One of the best pens in my collection. Worth much much more than it's more elite counterparts. Writing is smooth as silk. Buy it! It's worth every penny till the last drop of ink!
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Great FP! I just wish...
August 30, 2016
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Great FP! I just wish I could replace the nib with a fine nib. My handwriting is not the best in the world and the medium nib that comes on this pen is just not right for me.

Other than that they are great, I have the Orange colored one and two regular maple ones. If I could get some help I really want to Refinish the Maple Wood Fountain Pen... This one ( http://www.jetpens.c...ium-Nib/pd/2032 ).

What I want to do is sand it down a bit because it has a semi-gloss finish to it, what I want to do is stain the wood black and then put some kind of lacquer or varnish or something to seal it and bring it back to the semi-gloss finish it has now.

I want the varnish or whatever to be safe after it dries because it is a writing instrument and I really don't want to hold a poison pen all day long ya know... :-)

Do you have any suggestions as to what to use that is safe and will seal the wood and make it semi gloss or gloss if I have no other choice?

Has anyone tried other nibs with this pen?

I love this pen! ...
July 17, 2015
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I love this pen!
Nice pen. Solid. Ink...
June 21, 2015
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Nice pen. Solid. Ink flows smoothly. A bit heavy but nothing crazy. The wood frame and Spalding lineage gives it a unique touch.
I was quite pleased with...
January 24, 2015
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I was quite pleased with this pen! I expected very little, but it was great. It is comfortable in the hand, writes a nice wet line, and is very consistent. I don't usually like snap caps, but this one is all right. I actually really like the way the cap snaps on to post. That feels good. The cap is heavy, but the pen really does feel good in the hand with the right weighting. I also like that there is no squeaking or wobbling like some wood pens have.

I have a concern with the short grip section. I end up holding this pen a little higher on the barrel because I don't like the tiny grip.
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