May 31, 2015
Summary: Got a lemon, had to adjust the nib.
Out-of-the-box, the nib was an abomination against nature.
1. Hard Starts: It refused to lay down ink when beginning a word.
2. Skipping: Almost every word had missing or half-written letters.
3. Bleeding: Ink soaks through to the other side of both copy paper and
Clairefontaine paper on starting strokes, mid-strokes and end strokes.
Instead of throwing it out the window, I watched some YouTube videos about how
to hand-adjust nibs to reduce ink flow and align the tines. After a few hours
of gently pressing the shoulders of the nib and pressing the nib, face-down,
onto a hard surface, the nib is functional with the included ink cartridge and
1. Using the pen as an eyedropper is possible, but increases the ink flow.
2. Even after I adjusted the nib, two relatively-expensive Japanese inks still
bled through Clairefontaine paper with this pen. I even tried to refill the ink
cartridge with the Japanese ink, but it still bled through on the starting
strokes and the end strokes.
3. Montblanc grey ink does not cause bleed through when used in eyedropper
configuration. After nib adjustment, this ink worked well with this pen.
4. The included Kaweco ink in the cartridge dries into a pleasant, desaturated
blue-purple. After nib adjustment, this ink worked well with this pen.
Conclusion: I got a lemon nib, so if you buy this, I would advise you to be
prepared to adjust the nib. After adjustment, the pen works will with some
inks, especially more viscous inks or "drier" inks.