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These glass pens look...
, March 2, 2009
These glass pens look like the most unlikely contraption ever devised. "How
could THAT possibly work?" You think to yourself.
The fascinating part is that they DO.
In addition to looking absolutely awesome, these pens write beautifully. The
tips aren't as glassy smooth as you might expect (pun partially intended) but
that might be a good thing -- The slightly scratchy feel of the glass pen is
sort of like that of a mechanical pencil. If the tips WERE 100% polished the pen
would probably be prone to skitter right off the edge of the page and onto the
These pens seem to prefer light, thin ink. I tried some Sanford branded black
"calligraphy ink" and it functioned flawlessly. Conversely, I tried some Windsor
& Newton silver ink that I thought would look really cool, but it didn't flow
well enough off to write and seemed to dry up on the glass nib within a handful
These pens are somewhat sensitive to the angle at which you hold them, and will
write darker, wetter lines for longer if you keep the pen pointed straight up
and down as opposed to at an angle. Still, I was surprised to find that these
glass pens hold more ink and write for longer than traditional metal-nibbed dip
pens like Speedball and so forth.
Paper matters a lot, too. The pens seem to dig into thin, porous paper too much,
bleeding all over the place and shedding their ink much too quickly. On finer
toothed, heavier paper you can write very fine, clean lines.
I don't think I'll be using either of my glass pens for any of the bulk of my
day-to-day writing (I still haven't been able to motivate myself to carry an
inkwell everywhere) but they are neater than heck, and if you're looking for
something unique and different these just might turn your crank. They're not the
easiest thing in the world to use (even compared to other dip pens), but man are
| While the pen is definitely...
, December 20, 2011
While the pen is definitely beautiful, the one I received was scratchy to write
with and I haven't been able to find the Goldilocks writing angle between barely
laying down any ink and laying a thick line that takes an hour to dry. I put the
pen under powerful magnification I could see several burrs on the tip that
hadn't been ground down when the pen was finished. I took some 800 grit wet dry
and smoothed it out, which helped with the scratchiness, but did nothing for the
thin line/insanely thick line problem.
Now that I've voided the warranty I'll keep experimenting to see if there's
anything I can do to smooth things out. I know there must be some good writin'
in there somewhere; I bought the pen because of all the good reviews.
| These pens are absolutely...
, October 13, 2011
These pens are absolutely beautiful, and write well. However, I find that I must
rotate the pen every few words in order to keep the amount of ink coming off the
tip consistent. If you don't rotate it, you'll run out, turn it slightly, and
get inconsistent density. Other than that gripe, this is a gorgeous pen that is
a pleasure to write with.
| I love this "pen" so...
, February 18, 2011
I love this "pen" so much! It is perfect! I love the scratchy feeling when you
write. I would highly recommend it! Five stars!
| I just bought this pen...
, August 4, 2009
I just bought this pen and am waiting for it to come in the mail. It usually
takes about 1-2 days to get to me and I've ordered many times from jetpens. I
read an article saying you can refill platinum preppy fountain pens with regular
bottled inks by just adding an o-ring to the threads of the barrel. I am
currently in love with the j. herbin and pilot iroshizuku bottled inks and am
waiting on my glass pens and the platinum preppy pens to test them out. I am
definitely looking forward to receiving these pens in the mail. I only wish
bottled inks were cheaper... $22.50 for a bottle of iroshizuku is really taxing
my wallet. overall, great buy though!