December 28, 2013
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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