September 19, 2009
This pen has a nice, deep brown color that is quite attractive. The pen is well
balanced and writes very, very well. I'd say the line is about 0.3 to 0.35mm.
The ink that comes with the pen is not a bit waterproof, but it writes smoothly
and without skipping. I got the CON-50 converter with this and filled it with
Noodler's Manjiro ink and it writes a thin, purple, gorgeous line very
consistently. Remember that most Japanese fountain pens are a half size finer
than their US or Euro counterparts. A medium Pilot is a fine US/UK nib, it
The only bad things about the pen are:
1. The tip is EXACTLY the same as the $7.50 Pilot Plumix pen. You will pay
almost 4x as much for this pen to get the same tip. The only reason to get this
pen is if you love the concept of using a converter and your own choice of ink.
2. The converter takes some tries to get right and filling the pen by dipping it
is quite messy if you are not skilled at it. Air bubbles in the converter will
make the pen skip if you don't fill it correctly.
3. Pigmented inks might be too thick for this thin-spaced nib. It sometimes
takes a little bit to get the ink flowing, but once it's active, the pen is good
In short, only get this pen if you want the excellence of the Plumix nib with
the option of your own ink. I rate this three stars because it's way too
expensive for what is essentially the Plumix nib if all you want is a cartridge
I love mine, though, and will write that entire bottle of Noodler's out with
this pen alone. I am dedicating the Noodler's to it.
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