April 1, 2013
I absolutely love the look of this pen; it's tough to find a fountain pen this
BODY: The orange is a bright neon like the picture, and the body is all plastic
except for the rubber grip and metal clip and accent at the base of the cap.
The plastic is light and is definitely on the cheaper end of the material
spectrum, compared to something like the Monteverde Artista Crystal which has a
very substantial-feeling plastic. There are also slight imperfections visible
from manufacturing, such as seams in the plastic and some nubs from where the
plastic was poured, though most are smoothed off.
The rubber grip is a very nice addition, and I like that it goes far up the
pen body. The rubber material is a bit more smooth than the Lamy Nexx's grip,
which has more of a tacky/grippy feeling, however the ribbed texture makes up
CAP: The cap screws on and off, and clicks on securely when posted. This is a
well-balanced pen when posted, and is a bit too short to use comfortably when
un-posted. The clip is springy but not too stiff.
CONVERTER: I purchased the Pilot CON-50 converter with this pen, and it fits
securely. I do not use cartridges so unfortunately I cannot comment on how
those behave. I also fill my converters with a blunt syringe so I don't know
how well it draws up ink through the feed, but the converter fits snugly so I
assume the suction is more than enough.
NIB/FEED: The nib is inflexible and of an average smoothness - not buttery but
not scratchy. It uses the same type of nib as the Pilot Metropolitan, though
the Metros use a medium width. This is pretty close to a "true" fine, around a
0.5 mm width, whereas the medium is around a 0.7 mm. The fine nib does not show
shading of inks, so I would suggest using a dark/saturated, non-shading inks.
The medium nib will probably allow for more shading. The fine nib is better for
smaller or more precise writing. The feed is reliable and isn't too wet or dry
- just right for normal writing.
This is a great starter pen if you like the sci-fi look that it's sporting.
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