| OMG! I need!!! I n...
, July 18, 2012
OMG! I need!!! I neeeeeed!!!
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When I saw that Pentel...
This review is from Pentel TRF91 Tradio Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Apple Green Body - Blue Ink
, July 30, 2012
When I saw that Pentel had a very affordable fountain pen I was excited.
Generally I love their roller balls and I thought this could be a good pen. So
here's the silly thing, the first thing they do is include a full size ink
cartridge (bonus!) that has two different ends.. oh. Which one am I supposed to
use? I tried the parker compatible end but could not get the pen to pierce the
opening, so I flipped it and tried the international end. That seemed to work.
However, once I got the ink flowing the pen had very nice bold lines that never
skipped. It's much more of an American medium than a Japanese one. (feels >
1.0mm). The pen is light and the clear windows in the cap let you see the nib
when the cap is on.
The reason I rated it so low however is the cap, it keeps slipping off the pen
when it's posted (placed on the back of the pen during writing). It clicks into
place just fine when closing the pen, but there's not enough friction between
the barrel and the pen cap for it to stay on and during writing. After a few
minutes it will "squirm" loose then just flop off. I personally find this
annoying. It's a shame really because otherwise it's a nice writing pen for the
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This pen was a real pleasure...
This review is from Pentel TRF91 Tradio Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Lemon Yellow Body - Blue Ink
, July 26, 2012
This pen was a real pleasure to start using. I was first struck by the slightly
rubberized texture of the body of the pen, which lends towards both a
comfortable grip and nice control feel. No trouble with the cap staying on the
end as you write. The instrument is a lightweight fountain pen and came writing
smoothly right out of the mailer. Noted, however, that it is having a hard time
keeping up ink-wise on the larger swoops of my writing. That said, it's new and
it is not dragging or scratching. Writes like a fine nib in my opinion. This
will definitely find a great general use slot in my collection. The color is
fun and appealing, well represented in the accompanying image by JetPens. I am
satisfied at the price and will very likely purchase another.
| This pen is a ball-point...
This review is from Pentel TRF101 Tradio Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - White Gold Body - Blue Ink
, March 17, 2013
This pen is a ball-point fountain pen. It's extremely stiff despite the gold
plate on the nib. It was scratchy at first, but after writing a couple pages of
notes it was fine. There is zero line variation and it does not write very wetly
(so it doesn't waste ink). However, it can still keep up with rapid note-taking,
which is good.
The pen is very aesthetically pleasing because of its gold nib and shiny
white-gold body (that looks like a brighter shade of silver). The pen so far has
resisted scratching even though I've really only been placing it on a table or
carrying it around in a soft case, and the body color looks as if it was painted
on (the inside of the cap is white). The clip is part of the cap instead of
being a movable clip and the window is a nice touch.
The medium nib writes on the thinner side of most mediums I've seen. It is a tad
bit thinner than the Lamy Safari's medium nibs. It writes about as thick as a
0.7 mm pen. I use it with a Pelikan C499 converter filled with Oxblood Red ink,
although it fits all standard converters and ink cartridges (even long ones,
which is great for taking long pages of notes).
Unfortunately, the cap does not click onto the other end when posted and thus is
not as secure as I would've liked it. However, I haven't had an issue with it
sliding off because it hugs the pen body quite well and I have small hands that
don't interfere with the clip too much. The pen is light, although I wouldn't
call it the lightest pen ever, but it is light enough to make writing quite
Overall, I'm surprised that a handsome pen like this wasn't selling for a
knockout-high price. It comes with a large blue ink cartridge that I didn't
really use. It's very appealing even though the plastic body seems strange
compared to the gold-plated nib and is good for writing notes and things that
don't need line variation (which covers almost everything that I do). The value
of this pen is great!