September 24, 2013
There are a number of reviews on this pen, but even having read dozens sourced
from Google and JetPens I still wasn't sure what I was getting into. I'll lay
this down so I will be the last to wonder.
Lightly textured dark grey. This pen is different from the smooth glossy
versions, it has a noticeable grip to the surface. I consider this a boon, but
this is a departure from the norm. The notched grip makes the pen feel much more
thin when held, I measure the diameter to be 3/8" compared to 7/16" if the
notches were absent. for comparison, a cheap papermate is 5/16" in diameter.
Combined with the relative lightness of the body, the result is that the pen
This pen is not amenable to holding in any other way, so you might need a moment
to adjust to the grip. I had previously only used round pens before, so I had an
unorthodox grip. The result is that writing became very uncomfortable, but
looked much neater!
The clip is sturdy but flexible. The unique design means you can fit a small
karabiner or lanyard loop on the cap and stick the pen essentially anywhere.
This was the primary reason I went after this pen, and it was well worth it.
Clip it to your bag or wear around the neck: awesome.
The ink window functions. I am using the converter with Herbin noir. if you hold
the pen point down for a moment, you can see the level clearly.
Overall the pen is not very flashy, but it feels like a solid tool. If you want
elegance, this pen will disappoint, it looks and feels like the Navy Seals
official fountain pen.
Reviews don't lie, calling this "Extra Fine" is a stretch. On Strathmore Sketch
400 series the line is equivalent to a .5 mm pencil on my pen. This goes up to
.7 mm on a Mead notebook. I would provide pictures, but there are a few
comparisons already out there. When I want a thinner line, I just flip the pen.
This gives essentially .3 mm and .5 mm lines respectively. The surprising thing
was how smoothly the pen glides, even when writing flipped over. I can write
sentences smoothly then flip over and draw fine chemical structures with no
issues whatsoever. I was expecting more of a scratch. It is definitely not as
smooth as the gold tipped Mount Blancs I've tried, but compares very well to my
multitudes of Speedball dip pens for simple writing.
DO get a converter and your favorite ink. It came with one blue cartridge. The
line is, like others have noted, a bit on the dry side, so be prepared for a
little grey to come through if your paper is absorbent. Herbin's pearl noir
comes out a shade grey when used on a rather absorbent notebook, but I enjoy the
Don't expect much flex in the nib. The entire system is pretty solid as a
Very solid. Navy seals. Prefers proper grip. Two very usable sides. Smooth, but
not gold. Not "Extra" fine (.5 to .7 mm). Well worth the price. Use the clip
with a cord!
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