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This item: Ohto F-Lapa Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Black Body - $16.50
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|Model Number||OHTO FF-10B BLACK|
|Body Material||Metal (Aluminum)|
|Diameter - Grip||9.1 mm|
|Diameter - Max||11.3 mm|
|Length - Capped||14.1 cm|
|Length - Posted||16.1 cm|
|Length - Uncapped||12.4 cm|
|Pre-Installed Ink Color||Black|
|Tip Length||17.5 mm|
|Tip Material||Iridium Tip, Metal|
November 1, 2011
For the price, this pen...
For the price, this pen is TOPS.
I actually picked this up locally from a San Francisco retailer but I thought I'd holler on Jetpens.com customers behalf, that they have a winner here.
Ergonomically, this could have a better grip, but its not a deal breaker nor do I find myself fatigued in its use. It looks much more expensive than its $ price tag suggests. The fit and finish is easily found on pens over twice as much.
Now for the writing - initially I hated this pen. HATED. It was finicky and wouldn't write on cheap paper. Sometimes it wouldn't write AT ALL. It skipped like a 5 yr old girl, etc.
After I PRIMED the pen however, it has been performing like a dream, laying down lines like Tony Montana. Smooth, dancing lines like a ballerina. This thing sings on my Moleskine, can't wait to try it on my Rhodias.
I'll be upgrading my fountain pen inventory soon, maybe a Sailor here, a Pelikan there....but I know right now this one will always be in heavy rotation. I picked up a converter from here, and will write a review after a few week's trial.
7 people found this helpful
September 24, 2011
This pen is very nice!...
This pen is very nice! A little slippery to hold though, so not good for pen tricks, ha. My friend recommended it to me when I wanted to try out fountain pens for the first time. It's definitely beginner-friendly (as long as you're a responsible, sensible user) and ink cartridge installation is a breeze.
The ink itself flows pretty consistently, with very faint scratchiness if you write at extreme angles. Right now I'm using the original ink included in the pen (it comes with 2 cartridges in the body) and it's a nice solid black, though sometimes it comes out watery. But I think that's only because I dropped it once, and something came loose (it made a weird metal jingling noise whenever I shake it or tilt it now). Not to mention the nib became bent off-center so I had to gently use my fingers to maneuver it back into place. (It was surprisingly cooperative.) Before the fall, the ink flow was virtually perfect.
Though...funny thing is, I accidentally dropped it again a few days ago, and the jingling noise disappeared. Hopefully whatever it was fixed itself!
Overall, I'd rate this pen to be reliable, classy, and portable. I also like how it's a lot lighter than it looks, so my hand doesn't get tired when writing it. Treat it well (as in, better than I do) and it'll serve you faithfully.
2 people found this helpful
June 13, 2011
Pretty good fountain...
Pretty good fountain pen for the price - body is a little slender for my tastes but thats really just my fault for not buying the Spirit (next purchase!). The Lapa actually has a FINE nib - almost Japanese FINE. So beware if you're used to European "fine" meaning Japanese "Medium"
1 person found this helpful
November 1, 2010
I have 2 of these pens...
I have 2 of these pens and have never had any trouble with them at all. I bought a converter and use Noodler's ink, and they write smoothly and steadily with no skips unless the ink level is very, very low. I can't comment on the ink that comes with the pens, as I didn't try it.
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September 3, 2014
I just got this pen....
I just got this pen. It is not FINE. The size of the ball at the end of the nib is more than 1mm. It flows like a river too and it writes thicker than my Pilot metropolitan and thicker than Lamy Safary. The thickness of the line is also about 1mm. I am a big fan of extra fine to fine pens and this is a huge disappointment.