May 11, 2013
I'd read a few online reviews of this pen before buying, as I wasn't initially
attracted to it's rather unexciting appearance. After all, without the
in-person touch and feel, the appearance is all we really have to go on.
However, it seemed there was nothing but overwhelming enthusiasm in these
reviews, as if this pen were blessed with some sort of magical writing quality
of the gods. So I gave it a go.
The value is exceptional; the box, the converter, the metal body, the nib, the
design, all for ~$15. Granted the box may only be useful for a gift, the
converter is maybe not great, the metal body most suitable for those who
appreciate a little heft, the nib only offered in medium, and the aesthetic of
the design is in the eye of the beholder. But when combined, the whole, for me,
is much greater than the sum of these parts. To nitpick, I could probably do
without the dotted insert, as it might as well play the minimalist theme all the
Once filled with a little Diamine green, the writing experience was superb. The
nib glides across whatever is put in front of it, fine papers or not, seemingly
willing you on word after word after word. I particularly liked the weight of
it, seemed to balance very well, and the simple tapering barrel fit well in all
the right places.
The body to grip transition is perhaps a little abrupt, and as I hold somewhat
high this step-down presses against my fingers, but it was not sufficient to
cause an issue. Furthermore, I'd typically tend towards a finer nib but for
some reason this pen/nib combination was quite pleasing - a little thick in
places but the overall effect was nice. Perhaps I'm holding this pen in a
slightly different way, I don't know.
Apologies if you find this simply another unashamedly enthusiastic review, but
full marks to Pilot for this fantastic bit of kit.
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