Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Red

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This colorful array of Pilot's Petit mini pens offers you versatility, portability, and most importantly, fun! The affordable collection includes 8 colors and 3 pen types, for a total of 24 pens to choose from. It's a challenge to decide which ones you want! Colors range from baby pink to black, and the pen types are:
Petit1 - fountain pen
Petit2 - sign pen (felt-tip marker)
Petit3 - brush pen

Each pen comes with an ink cartridge that is very easy to install. Refills are available and are compatible across all three pen types. The ink is water-based and smudge-free.

The pen design is attractive and light, featuring a transparent body tinted to match the ink color. To add a fun twist, you could combine bodies and inks of different colors. The pen is compact and great for carrying, just 4.2 inches (10.7 cm) long when capped. When the cap is posted on the end, the pen ranges from 4.9 to 5.2 inches (12.5 to 13.1 cm) in length depending on the pen type, a comfortable size for writing. When posting, the cap snaps on securely, preventing any danger of breaking it by pushing too far onto the pen.

Note: Please remove the protective yellow tab from the ink cartridge before use.

Petit1 is a series of fine-nib fountain pens. The ink feed under the nib is unique in that it is see-through, so the ink color is visible, a nice visual touch.

Take a look at all of our Pilot Petit mini pens!

Model NumberPILOT SPN-20F-R
Weight0.4 ounces
Body Color Red
Body Material Plastic
Clip Material Plastic
Clippable Yes
Converter-Compatible No
Design Style Kid-Friendly, Demonstrator, Beginner-Friendly, Compact
Diameter - Grip 10.8 mm
Diameter - Max 13.4 mm
Grip Color Clear
Grip Material Plastic
Ink Refillable Yes
Length - Capped 10.8 cm
Length - Posted 13.2 cm
Length - Uncapped 9.4 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Red
Tip Length 17.2 mm
Tip Material Metal
Tip Size Fine

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You will have a blast...
July 13, 2013
You will have a blast with these pens. And I say "these", because you will want them all! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these pens, the nib flow, the feel between my fingers and the panoply of colors available. There is one to match your every mood.

And Ladies, if you have a small purse but still want the luxury of writing with a fountain pen, this is it. Gentlemen, if you have limited space in your briefcase, or in your iPad or laptop carrier, this pen will be just the ticket for you. I highly recommend these products and plan to look at a few more for myself once I complete this review. You will have so much fun...I promise.
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First, the bad news:...
December 28, 2013
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First, the bad news: When my red Pilot Petit arrived, I found its nib to be the scratchiest that I had ever found on an undamaged pen. Writing with it made me feel like a cat at a scratching post. And the ink was not really red but a revolting bright pink--at least, it certainly revolted me.

However, both defects are easily remedied if you have MicroMesh for smoothing the nib and an ink syringe for refilling the cartridge, after you have dumped out its useless contents, with ink of a more pleasing color.

Now the good news: The pen is quite comfortable to hold--not for long-term writing, certainly, but because of its ample diameter it is certainly the most comfortable to use of any miniature fountain pen that I have yet handled. The cap posts snugly on the tail to form an instrument that rests easily in the writing hand. What I find best about the pen, though, is that it is a ready starter. So far, it has started laying down ink immediately upon being uncapped and applied to the page, even if left unused for several days. I have not many pens of which I can say that!
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Very nice nib, but the...
May 4, 2015
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Very nice nib, but the body was too thick for me, especially with the cap on and uncomfortable in the hand where the cap met the body.
Haven't used it much...
April 13, 2015
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Haven't used it much yet, but I will. I'll probably change the ink color, or maybe try to load the barrel instead of using cartridges.
This is a really great...
December 2, 2014
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This is a really great pen. It is small enough to fit comfortably in my shirt pocket but when you post the cap it becomes a normal sized pen. I have pretty large hands and I can almost use the pen unposted, which I do when I need to cross something off a to do list or something simple like that. Once it is posted, the pen feels like a normal sized pen and is pretty comfortable to write with. That being said, it is a plastic barrel pen so don't expect it to feel like spectacular.

The colors on these pens (I have the red, black, and light blue) are amazing. Very vibrant. I ordered the fine nib and am pretty happy with it. Depending on the paper, the ink line tends to vary widely in line size. They work great in a Field Notes, but somewhat more like a medium or a broad on standard printer style paper. These pens are refillable and come with a cartridge. You could probably fill the cartridges back up with a syringe if you wanted but a three pack of cartridges only costs about $2. That said, the ink on these pens will probably run out quickly due to the small size of the cartridge.

For the cheap price of these pens it is hard to pass up. I might buy several more of this so that I can give them out to other people who want to try fountain pens.