| I own a lot of fountain...
, February 1, 2014
I own a lot of fountain pens, including a Parker Centennial Duofold two a few
1980's era Rotrings, a Conklin, and an inexpensive Lamy. The Ohto Dude was a
really great surprise. It always writes, even if it has been capped for three
weeks. It is perfectly balanced in my hand. I never find ink on my hands after I
have handled it. The body is tough— I am not gentle with $25 pens, but this
one still looks like it is out of the box. This is my go to, everyday, no big
deal if I lose it, always reliable pen. I use bottled ink. My grandkids will
have— and use— this pen if I do not lose it and the culture has not
completely lost the satisfying feel of a nib traveling down a piece of paper
turning thoughts into memories.
| I’ve had my Ohto dude...
, November 14, 2013
I’ve had my Ohto dude now for about a month and it has really grown on me.
At first I was not sure because it was supposed to be a fine nib, and I would
actually say it is more of a medium one. Which surprised me because everyplace
I read said that Japan made FP nibs tend to be finer than European made nibs.
Still the Ohto dude has become my favorite pen to sample inks in because it
flows so freely. I do use a converter. The nib is smooth and writes nicely.
The weight of the pen feels perfect to me, and I have small hands. The cap
posts nicely. It does click into place when not using the pen.
For the cost, this is a nice fountain pen.
| It always seemed to me...
, August 27, 2013
It always seemed to me that Ohto is a very quality brand. Those nice photos from
Jetpens.com are very nice. I am a pen and pencil collector, so the day came
when I could order an Ohto fountain pen, and I ordered a beautiful Ohto Dude
blue with a fine nib. I was not dissapointed. The pen writes superb, and it has
a very fine quality look, just as the photos in Jetpens look. I have been using
the pen now for about a month and it has never failed me. I use a converter and
Noodler's black ink. I have many expensive pens and this Ohto looks like the
expensive ones. If you like to test a quality pen, you will not repent if you
buy one of these.
, February 20, 2013
It's been a while and I've been using this pen to write pages upon pages of
notes! The pen flows a lot of ink and so far it's been great with keeping up
with my fast, chicken scratch writing. Hahaha I've had to refill my converter
Don't forget about the ink you use! I made a HUGE mistake with my other pens by
using artists' ink. Also, I learned about priming, which is basically to get the
ink flowing on the nib manually before getting the rest to flow with natural
cohesion (this didn't affect me, since I used a converter). Ack, me and my lack
of knowledge on pens!
| Although I gave this...
, 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.