This review is written...
May 26, 2015
This review is written off first impressions and a full day of use. I will
revise this review if extended and continued use changes my opinion. Let me also
qualify my review. This is my first fountain pen. I cannot compare it to other
fountain pens. I CAN, however, compare it to other fine writing instruments. My
favorite, to date, has been the Pilot Hi-Tec C Cavalier pens. Japanese pens tend
to be the only ones fine enough to accommodate my handwriting, so I have stuck
with them. Let me first speak to the appearance of the pen. The matte black is
very contemporary, sleek, and attractive. I can see how it might scuff easily,
but I have not had that problem as of yet. the pen comes with the rhodium nib
which is a gunmetal gray color.
Now, to the real meat of the review. This pen writes BEAUTIFULLY. The flow is
continuous but efficient. It neither skips nor blots. You DO have to be very
gentle with your pressure against the paper, but my opinion is that all fountain
pens must be this way, given the nature of the ink delivery. The clip is in a
reverse position, which is a subtle but great design to help with function and
to prevent potential leaks (of which I have had none). The pen is a GREAT
weight. I do not like plastic pens. I like a heavier pen that pushes your
strokes to be more deliberate. That being said, this pen is not too heavy. I
don't get tired holding it for extended periods of time, and it is wide enough
that gripping it doesn't cause my hand to cramp too quickly.
I switched the converter out for the CON-20, a squeeze converter. I like this
converter quite a bit. I filled it with Diamine Blue-Black, which I find flows
well, has yet to dry on me, and with a rich color. It has not clogged my nib
yet. The price point for this pen is quite high, but if you write as much as I
do or enjoy writing as much as I do, then you will find this very worth the
money. You can instantly tell it is made of high quality materials, and was
designed with a great deal of thought. I love that the nib is retractable.
As it compares to Hi-Tec C pen refills, easily the most popular pen in Asia, the
Extra Fine nib is on very close to the 0.3mm, but it is not too scratchy. The
nib is JUST a hair thicker than the 0.3 (close to 0.35mm?). The pen is
approximately 4.5 inches long when retracted.
I am exceptionally happy with this purchase. I will be trying the pen with Pilot
Iroshizuku Bottled Fountain Pen Ink, Shin-Kai - Deep Sea AND Deep Azure,
Noodler's Midnight Blue, and J. Herbin Black.
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