Must agree w/previous...
, January 31, 2014
Must agree w/previous reviewer. I own more than a fistful of Pilot FPs, and this
one was a welcome addition. Number one "draw" for me? The Pilot (F)ine
nib--essentially the same one as in my beloved Cocoons and Preras. Noticeably
finer than typical with other pens, it writes perfectly, with no "breaking-in"
or tweaking necessary. All-plastic, except for the clip and nib of course, it's
*very* light. It's compact, at about a half-inch shorter than Pilot's Cocoon or
Metro (those being the same pen, essentially), but fits well, unposted, even in
my largish hands. Like the "click" securing the cap when posted, too, though I
don't usually write that way. Only possibly downside? It'll only take Pilot
cartridges --not the "short international" variety. It WILL of course take a
Pilot CON-50 (or CON-20) converter though, so you *can* use bottled ink (yay!).
I didn't want to dunk the soft plastic "grip" into an ink bottle, possibly
staining it, so I filled my CON-50 converter FIRST (with a syringe) and snapped
the pen onto the converter. Bob's your uncle, as they say. Plan on buying more
in different colors.
This is a great pen in...
, January 17, 2014
This is a great pen in addition to being reasonably priced. I'd never heard of
the Vortex model and, frankly, the design doesn't do much for me. In fact, I'll
admit that I think it's downright ugly, though tastes are subjective of course!
But it's light and comfortable to hold, and the nib lays down a nice smooth
line, glides easily across the page, and is just so reliable. I don't think
I've ever had a problem with skipping, and it writes immediately even if it's
been left uncapped for a moment or two. As with most Pilots, the fine point is
narrower than it would be for other brands, which means it minimizes feathering
and smearing. For me this is a dependable workhorse pen that, because of its
price, I can take anywhere and not worry about something happening to it (though
I'd hate to lose or break it), while at the same time knowing that I'll have a
pleasurable writing experience. Whether you like the design or not, the Vortex
is a good buy.