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Costomer reviews are...
, June 1, 2011
Costomer reviews are usually helpful - before considering a product, I scroll
down the reviews, hoping those are genuine, client, ones.
Now, this this pen is so extraordinary, that I have decided to write a review,
too, to make sure to praise the writing wonderpen!
First, the price / quality ratio is amazing! It is a very well-crafted stylo à
plume, like the Japanese make them, epecially the Pilot company. (I have
recently realized that I have many Pilot pens and mech. pencils - more than
those manufactured any other firm.)
So, the Penmanship is yet another addition to that fine, legendary family.
I read here that with this pen some buyers have had some problems - well, mine
started writing beautifully from the very first stroke. Ideal ink flow, perfect
line, strong and flexible enough nib (the same the Prera has, only the EF
calibre). I fell in love with this pen and crave grabbing it, going back to it
the moment I can. You need a good paper though to have an optimal writing
experience - but the Penmanship will write well on virtually any paper.
I intend buying one more of this pen, to carry one around and to keep one home,
in a safer environment. Arigato, Pilot team! And thanks to JetPens for importing
and promptly delivering the products.
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An amazing pen for the...
, April 10, 2011
An amazing pen for the price! Produces a very fine line, comparable to my 0.3mm
Hi-Tec C. The ink that came in the included cartridge seems to make the pen a
little scratchier (and it has a bit of an odd chemical smell to it?), but once I
refilled the cartridge with Noodler's Heart of Darkness, it writes very smoothly
considering how fine the tip is. I emptied and refilled the included cartridge
with a syringe, but I believe the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50 converters are also
The body is lightweight plastic, and the triangular molded grip is actually
quite intuitive and comfortable. The screw-on cap can be inconvenient, but it's
a minor complaint in an otherwise effective design.
All in all, a wonderful choice for those looking for a cheap, refillable pen
that produces a very fine line. With a converter and a bottle of ink, you can
also write in any color. Perfect for detailed drawings or sketches...I'll
definitely be using this a lot!
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For the money, you couldn't...
, April 25, 2011
For the money, you couldn't ask for a better extra-fine fountain pen.
True, the Penmanship is usually a little dry and scratchy at first, but after
some tuning or a short breaking-in period, it's well worth the investment. The
line is indeed *extra fine*, slightly thinner than a Signo DX 0.28 mm. The steel
nib provides only a tiny amount of flex and virtually no variation. The sleek
design is surprisingly ergonomic, but extended periods of writing may tire your
hand as the nib dries out and becomes scratchier, requiring a half hour of
capped time to "recharge."
These quirks aside, however, remember that you're paying only $7.50 for an
amazingly precise and refillable fountain pen.
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I'm relatively new to...
, November 7, 2011
I'm relatively new to fountain pens in general and am used to writing with gel
(Signo 207) or liquid ink pens (Pilot V5) typically in .5mm, but have recently
switched to the .38mm. My goal was to find a fountain pen that wrote in a
thinner line compared to my Lamy Al-Star Safari in EF. I did some side-by-side
comparison lines with a .5mm Pilot V5 (liquid ink), .38mm Signo 207 gel ink,
Lamy Al-Star Safari w/EF nib and the Pilot Penmanship in EF. The results are as
follows...the Lamy appeared to be just the tiniest bit wider than the .5mm V5,
however that could have simply been because it feathered a little on the cheap
paper I used, so we could almost call it a draw. The Pilot Penmanship was
noticeably thinner than both and was just fractionally wider than the .38mm
Signo, which again, could have been the paper, but probably less of an issue
between these two pens compared to the V5 & 207 though. If I had to put a
number to it, I'd say the Penmanship is approximately equal to a .4mm gel in
width. Now all that said, let's talk about how it is to write with...on cheap
paper, it felt scratchy, on nicer papers it smoothed out considerably...in my
regular journal, I wrote a full page without a single skip or scratch on the
up-strokes, so I feel this pen is simply more susceptible to paper quality than
some of the wider tips (which I guess make sense since the wider the tip, the
more surface area the pen has to scroll over the minute imperfections in the
surface of the paper itself).
If one is obsessive about tiny writing, I don't think you're going to find
anything thinner than this nib...from what I've read in other reviews, it
appears that this nib can be swapped onto a few of the other Pilot FPs (78,
Prera, Plumix), but I don't know if it can go on any others. For $8, it's a
heck of a deal! The screw-on cap is secure, but maybe slightly awkward to take
on and off continuously, but at least it can post on the other end. Just wish
there was a clip to hook onto the rings of a notebook!
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I lost the first of these...
, November 3, 2011
I lost the first of these pens last week (6 days ago) at work, and it only took
3 days for JetPens to ship my replacement! Awesome!
I love the way this pen writes! The extra-fine nib is perfect for the way I
write (I have to write between small spaces), and the blue of Noodler's Ink
Baystate blue looks wonderful on paper with this pen.
The CON-20 and CON-50 fit well into this pen, and well worth the purchase.
For the price and daily utility, this pen is gold!
I just wish it had a clip to stay put in my lab coat (which is the reason why it
was lost to begin with).