6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
I bought this for testing...
, March 5, 2011
I bought this for testing fountain pen ink samples. There's a knack to learning
how to angle and rotate this pen and load it with ink, but if you're having
trouble with ink flow, or with getting more than a sentence out of it, it might
not be the fault of the pen or how you're using it--it might be the ink. I'm
finding that some inks just will not work at all with this type of pen. Not
surprisingly, since it's a J. Herbin pen, the J. Herbin Perle Noire ink writes
smoothly and for a full paragraph from a single thorough dip. So far, Diamine
Poppy Red ink flows well with it too (but not Registrar's Blue-Black, which
won't even start). The Noodler's inks vary: Widowmaker was not completely
hopeless, some of the others would give me a few words, but the V-Mail inks
would not play with this pen at all. The Noodler's inks left particles in this
pens' spiralling grooves.
Other than that, it's slender and a little short, but has a solid, comfortable
weight. Mine is more pale orange than deep amber, but it's such an attractive
pen, I don't mind. With the right ink, it's inspiring to write with something
this lovely. Makes me feel classy, ya'know?
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just got this pen a few...
, December 10, 2012
Just got this pen a few days ago. It's comfortable to write with when testing
ink samples, and I like the weight of it (being all glass it's similar in heft
to an all-metal pen). It does seem to have issues with Noodler's inks, but
works perfectly well with the Peikan and Sheaffer inks that I've tried.
It's a fine pen and I'm very happy with it as an inexpensive way of testing
It's hard for me to give...
, October 1, 2013
It's hard for me to give this pen 1 star because it is my first glass dip pen,
however straight out of the box, it just doesn't want to write. I don't know
what to do with it. I've read online that sanding it down will help. Maybe I'm
using the wrong ink? I bought a bottle of the J. Herbin Pearlescent Royal Blue
ink for dip pens, but it's finicky. Sometimes it will write all of 2 letters and
sometimes it doesn't want to write at all.