October 21, 2010
1) Cap has magnets in it. Strong ones. They may be stronger than the magnets in
I'll be keeping this pen's cap a safe distance from camera memory cards, plug-in
flashdrives, ipods and other electronic devices.
2) Nib writes smoother than butter or cream, with a line consistency so perfect
that I sometimes find it eerie and unreal. Even writes upside down for an even
finer line, with excellent smoothness and consistency. People hoping for nonzero
"tooth" in their fountain pen nib are advised to look elsewhere.
3) Pilot _M_ nib is as fine as any Sheaffer or Parker fine point, if not finer.
Pilot _EF_ nib that comes with the Penmanship pen, is too fine for me to use in
normal writing, or even for marginal notes. Pilot _M_ edged nib that comes with
the Plumix writes fine enough for calligraphy with an individual letter's body
height ranging from 2.5mm to 3mm.
4) Did not give it 5 stars because, while I love Pilot cartridges and nibs,
their nib feeds (the part underneath the metal nib) are prissy little beasts,
particularly when using non-Pilot inks (e.g. Pelikan Fount India or any
Noodler's). The feeds either don't flow at all, or blurp drops of ink out onto
my paper. Tiny air bubbles can completely block ink flow thru the fool feed and
I can only get rid of them by tapping the pen repeatedly with nib upright. I put
Noodler's Black in the Pilot cartridges and have better luck when I put a drop
of ink into the back of the nib, to sort of prime the nib with ink, before
installing a filled cartridge.
I only recommend Pilot converters to people on whom I wish a life of aggravation
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