Oh, yes. Want me ANOTHER...
May 15, 2012
Oh, yes. Want me ANOTHER one of these! I've had one for just a day or so now
(including note-taking in a 2-hour college class), and I'm SOLD. I was really
just looking for an inexpensive "testbed" FP, really. Just an inexpensive pen
that I could use just for test-driving different (bottled) inks. Yeah, I
know--convert a four-dollar Platinum Preppy into an "eyedropper" or get a
converter ($7-8) for the Preppy to allow it to suck ink. Well, the eyedropper
conversion business is cute, but just for "testing," I don't need THAT big a
reservoir, for one thing. And getting a converter for a Preppy turns your
four-dollar Preppy into an ELEVEN-dollar Preppy, in case you hadn't noticed.
That's the OTHER nice thing about the Ohto F-Lapa. It takes the short
"international" standard cartridges (and comes WITH two of them), BUT the Ohto
converter for it (at this writing) is only A BUCK SIXTY-FIVE. How cool is that??
Actually nice enough to be an "everyday" pen, but WITH A CONVERTER, it's <$20.
It writes as well as my Lamy Safaris (= better than ANY Preppy). The F-Lapa is
ALUMINUM, too, not plastic. Yes, it is slim, but nothing my fairly large hands
couldn't get used to. No, it doesn't have the nice triangular "ergonomic grip"
of the Lamy, either. But neither does a Preppy--or a zillion other FPs. How does
it WRITE? Mine writes--PERFECTLY. Out of the gate. Er, bag. No priming,
prepping, rinsing, nothing. Dump the two cartridges out out, snap on the
converter, suck up a load of ink. Bam. Now, to be sure, I'm using Noodler's
Black ink and I'm writing on non-cheap (90g Clairefontaine) paper, so YMMV, of
course. Zip, zero, nada problems with the Fine nib. Not scratchy (as others have
described), not "wet," I didn't have to "rotate" the pen and write upside down
or off-angle, or do anything strange for it to write PERFECTLY. Starts up every
time on the first stroke of the first character (Noodler's?), no skipping, no
grief. Even the ($1.65) Ohto converter fills up nicely (good seal, good
suction?), compared to others I've used. Just a sec--yep, it writes fine on
deskjet paper and on Office Depot legal pads, too.
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