Overpriced when compared...
April 8, 2016
Overpriced when compared to the Pilot Metropolitan.
I purchased the Tornado fountain pen, mainly, to match the black mechanical
pencil and capless rollerball that I already own.
-The nib unit of the "EXT" fountain pen is manufactured by Schmidt in Germany
and it is excellent. The nib is smooth and the flow is wet, plus the nib unit
is easily interchangeable. It's exactly the same nib unit that was on early
Bexley fountain pens like the Simplicity.
-The Tornado fountain pen accepts international-sized cartridges and also comes
with a decent converter that works properly.
-The cap posts nicely to the barrel and the EXT barrel is long enough so the pen
can be used un-posted.
-The cap and barrel threads are plastic and do not seem sturdy. I am concerned
that breakage can easily occur.
-The barrel seems to be, mainly, made of plastic.
-The barrel fits much too tightly to the grip section. It was necessary for me
to use rubberized gripping material to unscrew the barrel from the grip section!
I put some silicone lubricant on the threads, in an attempt to make it easier
to change cartridges or to fill the converter, but that didn't help much. It is
still difficult to unscrew the barrel from the grip section with my bare hands.
The only advantage to having the barrel fit so tightly to the grip section would
be that a person wouldn't inadvertently unscrew the barrel from the section when
unscrewing the barrel from the cap, but that's not a big advantage.
I would not recommend the black "EXT" Retro 1951 Tornado fountain pen unless a
person absolutely wanted a matching writing instrument. I don't feel this pen
is worth the price since it's only advantages are the interchangeable Schmidt
nib units and the pens ability to accept a wide-range of
international/Montblanc-sized cartridges. Although Pilot fountain pens mainly
accept Pilot proprietary cartridges, I think a Pilot Metropolitan is a much
better pen for the money.