February 2, 2013
Although I gave this pen an overall 5 stars because of its final performance and
design, I'd say that my initial experience was mixed. But that was my own
The pen wrote right out of the package quite smoothly with the two cartridges it
came with. However, the cartridges were a weaker black ink (like the black in
Pilot Frixion pens), so I got the Monteverde Fountain Pen Converter (not the
mini one!) to use with my own ink. After I filled it up with ink, the pen began
to skip constantly and stop writing after leaving it alone (capped) for a few
minutes. I had to use pressure and writing became uncomfortable with it.
I've read some other reviews that claim to have this same issue. Although my
experience may not be the same as theirs, I found out that I was filling up my
converter the wrong way (for the right way, check out JetPen's super helpful
and after I did it correctly, my pen was writing like before: super-smooth, no
skipping, lots of ink flow and continuous writing after leaving it alone without
having to tap the pen or shake it! The converter looks very fancy and stays
secure without leaking.
This pen is a dream! The nib is engraved with "iridium point" and looks
beautiful. The metal body is blue, not painted blue (so the blue won't wear
off), although the "Dude" printed on the cap is painted on, so it will fade more
quickly. The pen is relatively heavy, but my personal preference likes heavier
pens. Although I expected the grip to be rubber, it was plastic. Small
disappointment, but it still functioned well as a grip. The clip is REALLY
tight, but not to the point it's impossible to clip anything, and the cap clicks
on very firmly and securely.
The cap, when put on the other end, does not click on, but it stays there
without moving until you take it back off. I'm a little concerned with the lack
of a clicking mechanism, as this will wear out the barrel end. I will have to
say that this "fine" point was a little ink thirsty, and thus, it wrote more
like a medium point than a fine. Still, it was a nice writing experience.
Now get it. This pen is stylish and great to write with.
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