I bought the Fortia 300...
September 20, 2014
I bought the Fortia 300 because I've long been a fan of the Zebra F-301.
Compared to that, the Fortia is a slightly weightier pen; the rubberized grip
and metal body give it nice substance, without making it too heavy, and it is
still slim (a virtue, in my mind). It feels sturdy, especially for the price
point, and I can see keeping this pen around for many years. Aesthetically, the
cheapness of the pen does show in some places - for example, the metal cone
covering the tip seems to have not been polished well before plating - but that
is a minor factor.
Where this pen suffers is in the quality of the ink. It is somewhat desaturated
and prone to skipping, and is only marginally better than mass-market American
ballpoint inks. The 0.7 mm tip just exacerbates these tendencies. If this body
could accept a more saturated refill (something like Zebra's Surari pens), I
would happily swap it in and use this as my go-to pen.
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