If you want shiny, the...
March 2, 2009
If you want shiny, the F-Lapa has it in spades.
I was initially a bit skeptical about the quality of this pen after reading a
few negative reviews on Ohto's Fine series, which seems to have much the same
mechanism and construction. For the price, though, the F-Lapa left me pleasantly
It's not spectacular, but it's by no means bad - Just an average,
performs-as-advertised elegant pen for a fantastic price. You could certainly do
a lot worse for yourself with a 15 dollar spending budget. The nib may be cheap,
and it may be "fake" gold (it's just plated) but at least it writes nicely and
smoothly. It's actually about as fine as my Sheaffer fine nibs. There are no
skipping or starting problems to speak of, and the pen taking standard
International Short cartridges is a plus. There are no seam lines on the
plasticwork, the shiny chrome finish is flawless, and all the parts fit together
nicely. My only real complaint is the somewhat tacky black lettering around the
base of the cap, which can't be removed without damaging the finish of the pen
(apparently it's silkscreened on).
For a lousy fifteen dollars you should be buying a five-and-ten special plastic
bodied knockoff brand pen, but instead you can get the thoroughly capable and
undoubtedly stylish F-Lapa.
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