October 19, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this pen. While I have a few high-end and vintage
fountain pens, I also really like basic, inexpensive ones that write dependably
and well. (I write for a couple hours each day, so performance is a much higher
priority than fancy accoutrements.)
I was happy with the pen's appearance -- it's very lightweight and a nice size
for my hands. However, the ink flow was terribly dry and the nib felt scratchy
at times. I used a loupe to examine the tipping and immediately saw the problem.
The tines were aligned, but the lump of irridium had ridges in it, which would
produce a scratchy sensation on the page when pulled in certain directions. I
fixed that problem with some micromesh papers, but this didn't fix the dry ink
flow. I suspected a problem with the channel in the feed, and indeed, when I
flossed between the tines with some fine brass shim, a bunch of debris came out.
I finished by giving the nib unit a good scrubbing in warm water and let it
When all this was done, I reassembled the pen with a new ink cartridge, and it
writes beautifully. Very, very nice line quality, very comfortable for long
writing sessions. I just wish the pen had come to me in this condition, rather
than requiring 30 minutes of fiddling to get it there. (But frankly, I've had
similar issues with every Lamy and Kaweco pen I've ever purchased. I'm somewhat
resigned by this point to my bad luck.)
I still think the HighAce Neo is well worth the price if you're looking for a
lightweight, compact pen with a Japanese fine nib (especially if you've got
better fountain pen karma than I do).
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