My very first fountain...
July 6, 2015
My very first fountain pen I bought! Been using this beauty for about 4 months
now, and, I gotta say,I'm enjoying this very much. With that said, I've written
with this pen mostly on cheap, economic school notebooks. I can't afford writing
on more expensive paper, sadly. However, writing on cheap paper hasn't been a
chore for me; the pen is really smooth! I'm not very fond of the plastic ring
and the plastic around the nib, my fingers are obviously always touching it when
writing, and it seems to leave behind a lot of fingerprint smudges because of
the gloss (I think?) finish it has around that area. But for this price, I ain't
complaining at the quality. I especially love that metallic finish to this pen
-- it gives it a classy finish. Some people say that this pen is heavy, but I
never really noticed the weight. Then again, it is my first FP!
I'd recommend it for other students who're looking for budget FPs that would
perform moderately well with cheap paper.
Also, this took me a while to figure out, but twist the nib out of the pen the
first time you try to take it out-- don't just try to pull it out. It made a
horrible crack sound for me, but nothing broke. The nib won't come out the first
time around if you simple pull, at least for my pen it didn't. It seemed to be
stuck in there real tight, but after I twisting it out the first time, pulling
out the nib became MUCH easier.
A side note for other students like me who're looking into pens for cheap
notebook paper: This pen is really, really fine which keeps the bleed-through
and feathering minimal. On most of my notebook and copy papers, it performed
great! There are some ghosting here and there on the back, but it shouldn't be
too much of a problem. I recommend looking at where those notebooks are made
from; people online say "Made in Mexico" are usually the better ones, or any
notebook that's made from sugar canes or what not. I've been using Staple
notebooks made in Vietnam -- it's been decent. Funny though, my notebook that
claims to be made in "New York" is really absorbent and causes my writing to
become broader and feathery. Anyway, just look for smoother notebooks.