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after reading other reviews,...
February 20, 2013
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after reading other reviews, I decided to get one of these. I LOVE IT! This is a great step-up from the platinum preppy. This pen has a beautiful and smooth-writing nib, and the ink in the included cartridge is pretty dark and nice. the medium nib writes about equivalent to an 0.7 or 0.8 gel/liquid ink pen. I stuck in the cartridge, and after leaving it nib down for about 10 minutes, I was able to start writing. the converter looks a bit cheap, but I haven't tried it yet.
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I -love- this pen. It...
July 20, 2013
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I -love- this pen. It writes smooth, looks a lot more expensive than it is and is surprisingly well made. Pilot's idea of "fine" is a lot finer than any other brand I've seen. Which is really nice. My first FP was a Lamy and I found their fine nib way to broad for my liking. So if you want a broader tip I'd say that the medium nib is comparable to Lamy's fine nib.

The CON-20 adaptor it comes with is functional enough. It's less messy than the CON-50 adaptor I purchased with my Pilot Penmanship FP. It didn't quite fill to my liking by just squeezing it so I pulled it out and filled it with a dropper.

Overall, I'd say this is definitely comparable to some of the $40 FP's I've seen.
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I had expected to receive...
June 12, 2013
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I had expected to receive a cheap fountain pen, regarding the low price. How surprised I was to hold such a significant pen with a quite heavy metal-body in my hand. The nib is perfect for me. I am a lefty and can use this fountain pen without smudging.

Writing with this pen is such fun, I desperately need some inspiration and topics, I feel the to handwrite, now that I own this pen.
I can not comment on the converter, since I used the PILOT cartridge with black ink that came with the pen.
I might order a second one, so I can have use it with a nice complementary colour, orange or pink.
The ergonommics are not perfect, because the ridge (where the cap touches the pen) is quite sharp which is annoying when I write more than just a few lines.
Still 5 points, because with free shipping in the US the value what you get, for the price you pay, is amazing!
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The Pilot pen has a well-deser...
May 13, 2015
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The Pilot pen has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best introductory fountain pens. It looks and feels like a pen costing much more money, and I've had several people compliment me on it.

It comes with a converter, so all you need to buy is a bottle of ink and some nice paper, and you're good to go!
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A great price-performance...
February 11, 2015
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A great price-performance pen from Pilot. I swear, I can't think of a fountain pen I've owned that was better for the $17.
A great cheap fountain...
January 2, 2015
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A great cheap fountain pen. Pilot knows what its doing.
Just as hoped for....
November 5, 2014
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Just as hoped for.
Wow. If I had to summarize...
March 19, 2014
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Wow. If I had to summarize this pen in one word, it would be quality.

The smooth and elegant design is what caught my eye first. The nib writes with a creamy consistency, no scratches to be found. With so much quality, but a smaller price tag, I knew I had to order a backup (white tiger). I also ordered one for my brother (black crocodile) and he tells me that he loves it. I have gotten many compliments on the pen and it has only been three days since I first recieved it. This is such an upgrade from my earlier Chinese made fountain pens I had purchased from Vietnam. I can't express exactly how pleased I am with these pens except say that I can't seem to put it down. I would suggest this pen to every fountain pen lover out there looking for a good experience.

Jetpen's shipping speed is outrageously fast and only helps to fuel my fountain pen addiction. Thank you!!
This was my first serious...
March 5, 2014
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This was my first serious fountain, and I was more than pleasently suprised at the quality of the pen versus the price I payed. The Pros will highly outweigh the cons.

Pros: Cost - can't be beat for the quality of pen. The metal body is heafty, but not heavy, making for a comfortable grip and writing experience. It is a well balanced pen, and while others have had issues with the neck ridge, I tend to hold my pen a little further from the neck, so this has not been an issue for me unless I'm penning a lengthy letter to a pal and my grip begins to slide towards the front of the pen. The nib is smooth, smooth, smooth! Even having been left in my purse for weeks, I pick it up and write as if I had just put it down. I'm currently using the Pilot converter, and it seems that I can go for a week or more with fairly heavy writing and not have to fill it back up. THe nib also stays very clean. Again, after bouncing around in my purse for weeks, there is only a little bit of ink on the nib that needed to be wiped clean. The nib is also a good "medium". It's not an overly heavy line, I can't wait to try a fine nib Metro. The choices of colors and designs around the middle of the pen are fantastic, but the zigzag is just really classy. I think dots will be my next choice.

Cons: The cap doesn't always seat well on the back of the pen. I have acciently flung the cap several times while writing, or preparing to write! If it seated better on the back end of the pen, this would have made it perfect for sure. Also, if the neck of the pen had ribbing or some sort of texture, that would be great, it's very smooth and sometimes the pen will shift as I write, but it's not off-putting enough for me to put this pen down!

All in all, this is a FANTASTIC pen for the price. I'm going to be purchasing more for my collection, and for gifts as well!
I loved this pen for...
December 10, 2013
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I loved this pen for the first 12 days I owned it...but starting this morning, the cap will not "click" on very tightly! It falls right off unless I'm holding the pen in my hand. Have gotten in touch with Pilot hoping something can be done.
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