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My 6th JetPens Review!...
January 18, 2009
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My 6th JetPens Review! It's Pilfered From My 5th JetPens Review!

Everyone here just seems to love these Pilot Parallel Pens. Well I must admit, I do too! These pens are, FREAKING AWESOME!

Now don't get upset JetPens, but these are so much more responsive than the Lamy Joy Calligraphy pens or Safari Italic nibs. I've ground my Lamy nibs and could not get the crisp line and smoothness of pen to paper as the Pilot Parallel Pens had right out of the box. But, I have to admit a predilection for the Lamy's ink flow, even if they do have a hard start problem.

Now there is one little thing, these pens are the wettest writers that I've ever used. That means you'll have to be extra persnickety when it comes to your paper and ink selection. On the right papers with the right inks these pens are a dream to use. On the wrong papers the amount of ink these pens lay down could be one of the most frustrating experiences in your calligraphic studies. And NO, I ain't telling what papers or inks (maybe) you should try, that's part of the fun of good penmanship.

Now for those of you who haven't read my previous 5 reviews, of 5 of the best products worth checking out on JetPens (You gotta search them out for yourself), I won't hold you in suspense when it comes to my choice of color to put in this pen, BLACK. Noodler's to be exact. Noodler's BulletProof Black to be right and proper. Noodler's BulletProof Black which is one of the thicker inks available today (It's right up there with Platinum's Carbon Black, also available at JetPens). Now if this pen flows like the great Mississippi with Noodler's BulletProof Black just imagine what it will do with a thinner ink like Noodler's Polar Black (I did say I liked black and Noodler's). That means I think this may be a fast writer's pen of their dreams. This pen spreads ink that'll keep up with the fastest writer in the west!

Now it also comes on good authority, from Lily of JetPens, that for those of us who write through ink faster than we can fill our pens, and prefer even more colors than cartridges alone will allow, that there are 2 other converters available for this pen, the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50. Unfortunately the Pilot CON-70 converter is not available and will have nothing to do with this pen. I hear the CON-70 has even produced a restraining order against the Parallel Pen's friendly advances. But the cleaning converter (wink wink) can also be used as an ink converter and holds a goodly amount of ink as well. So try yourself a larger ink capacity, if you think you can handle it, just be sure to thank Lily of JetPens for the good advice.
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Bought all four! These...
August 19, 2010
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Bought all four!

These things are perfect for the pro and the novice alike! The flow is strong and very consistent. The tip glides smoothly over the page, and can be used flat for a wide line, or on the edge for a monoline.

If you love calligraphy, and hate dipping, you really have to try one of these!
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i purchased the 1.5mm...
February 7, 2014
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i purchased the 1.5mm and 3.8mm parallels for my mother who loves this sort of thing. we were so impressed i picked up the 2.4mm for myself.

i'm not professional calligrapher, but i'd say the 2.4mm is good for 1cm high capital lettering at its smallest with lowercase letters at half this. this is a little too big for writing someone a letter with (consider the 1.5mm).

i am using the CON50 convertor with Noodlers Navajo Turquoise Ink, and i have been pleasantly surprised to find that with the screw on cap the ink has not dried up while sitting for months at a time.

being able to write with the side edge of the nib really extends the abilities of this pen.

as the nib is so broad it can really lay some ink down, so some inks can bleed and feather badly. i have not tried pilots own inks in it yet.

5 stars
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I love this pen. I can't...
December 16, 2008
I love this pen. I can't wait for it to come back in stock so I can buy a couple more for me and a couple for my friend who also loves it.
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Excellent quality, very...
January 26, 2016
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Excellent quality, very sharp and defined lines
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This is great for italics....
June 5, 2015
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This is great for italics. Two things that make me knock 1 star out of it. First it is SUPER wet, maybe a ticker ink would solve, not sure. Second is for some reason the tapered part keeps coming loose (unscrewing itself) with the feed housing. Maybe I got a bad one...
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Good pen for practicing...
June 22, 2016
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Good pen for practicing italic calligraphy but can have a bit of a learning curve in mastering it.
I brought this and another...
June 11, 2016
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I brought this and another with the 3.8mm nib. Both are great pens for larger calligraphy lettering.
I am enjoying these pens...
May 5, 2016
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I am enjoying these pens and their ability to write even on the edge of the nib to obtain a fine line. I use them a lot and have no complaints at all.
Nice and smooth! I didn't...
April 28, 2016
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Nice and smooth! I didn't appreciate it enough until I tried a different brand. Now, coming back to this one, is like driving a Cadillac after driving an old Jeep. (Nothing against old Jeeps, of course.) You can't beat it for smooth control. I wish they had a few more of the smaller size nibs. These all run a little on the larger size; which doesn't suit my personal style.
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