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For the price, this pen...
November 1, 2011
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.
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Pretty good fountain...
June 13, 2011
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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"
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This pen is very nice!...
September 24, 2011
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.
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I have 2 of these pens...
November 1, 2010
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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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I love this pen. It is...
May 5, 2016
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I love this pen.
It is well balanced and grips well in the hand.
This one is not allowed to leave my desk.
Thanks JetPens
This pen is awesome!...
December 10, 2015
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This pen is awesome! The weight of the pen itself is great and it looks like one of the more expensive and fancy pens. As others have said this is pretty close to a medium nib (japanese) and I use it mainly for signing things. For all my writing in a notebook I use closer to a fine nib (japanese)
Nice pen, thinner then...
July 8, 2015
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Nice pen, thinner then most, easy to write with.
Really like these OHTO...
November 6, 2014
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Really like these OHTO pens and it's too bad they're not better known in the US. I had ordered OHTOs from Japan before, directly from the manufacturer and it's nice to have a US company distributing them. Jetpens would do well to carry more of the models and more rollerballs presently only available in Japan.
I love this pen. For...
October 25, 2013
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I love this pen. For the price it's the best you will get for a formal looking pen. It writes wonderfully. It's not very heavy, but in my book that's a pro.
I have this pen and love...
April 26, 2011
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I have this pen and love it. It is beautiful and makes an excellent every day writer. It is elegant enough for business and pleasure. I have the converter but have yet to use it. I have been writing with the Ohto ink cartridges and the pen writes every time. I will probably get another one to use with the converter.
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