I wanted to add that this pen, on top of being REALLY comfy to write with and
having an EXCELLENT tip (the same as the MUCH more expensive Prera) works very
well with the CON-50 converter.
This pen plus a CON-50 AND 2 bottles of Noodler's Eternal can cost less than a
SINGLE Prera ($40 vs $42) and give just as good a line and performance. I load
my CON-50 with Noodler's Heart of Darkness and it works so well. If you are kind
of hesitant about fountain pens in general and need an easy to use and very
excellent pen to get started on, get the Penmanship Package (CON-50, any 2
bottles of Noodler's @$12.50 ea) and then check them out.
Not a bad pen, but it doesn't write nearly as smoothly as the Jetstream. This
behaves like a regular oil-based ink ballpoint. It writes well, but once you try
a Jetstream, you won't be able to justify this pen in comparison.
Wow...is all I can really say. When I got this bottle, I didn't know what to
expect. As usual, the Noodler's fellows fill the bottle to the TOP, so when I
popped it open, I knew to have it setting stably on the table.
I used a Pilot Prera Extra Fine with a CON-50 converter to suck up the ink. It
appeared brownish and when I wiped some excess with a towel, it stained reddish
brown. However, writing with it produces a rusted aubergine purple that is
entrancing, even with a fine tip like the Prera. It seems to flow well and
didn't bleed at all through the copy paper (20lb) I tested it on. The ink rinses
off plastic, glass and steel, but will stain fingers for quite awhile, so be
The only performance issues I am having are with bubbles in the converter (not
the ink's fault) and with some dry tip/need to start the pen a little after not
using it for awhile. Both of these issues are not so bad.
The best part is when I bleached the paper and the lettering turned crimson
This pen has nice ink and a nice tip, but it's small, skinny and hard to write
for extended periods with. Plus, the ink refill can run out quite fast on the
0.4mm version. This might be best for datebooks or planner pen holder duty.
A better choice is the Signo stick pen in 0.38mm. Those pens have a rubber grip,
are fat enough to hold well and balanced like German clockwork. Those pens get 5
stars all the time, but the Sliccis only merit 3.
This pen writes a 0.3mm line, doesn't skip, has a contoured and molded grip for
easy handling AND the tip is a screw on type. The nib is EXTRA fine and
excellent for writing on paper with narrow ruled lines.
The ink that comes with it is quite smooth and dark, but offers almost no water
resistance. However, it IS cartridge-based, easy to change and with this thin
nib, the cartridges last for quite some time. At $7.50, this is a HUGE value for
a wonderful practice pen.
If you want to have this tip with the option of choosing your own ink, you need
a CON-50 and a Pilot Prera. However, that option will cost you 4x as much, plus
the cost of the ink.
This pen has a nice, deep brown color that is quite attractive. The pen is well
balanced and writes very, very well. I'd say the line is about 0.3 to 0.35mm.
The ink that comes with the pen is not a bit waterproof, but it writes smoothly
and without skipping. I got the CON-50 converter with this and filled it with
Noodler's Manjiro ink and it writes a thin, purple, gorgeous line very
consistently. Remember that most Japanese fountain pens are a half size finer
than their US or Euro counterparts. A medium Pilot is a fine US/UK nib, it
The only bad things about the pen are:
1. The tip is EXACTLY the same as the $7.50 Pilot Plumix pen. You will pay
almost 4x as much for this pen to get the same tip. The only reason to get this
pen is if you love the concept of using a converter and your own choice of ink.
2. The converter takes some tries to get right and filling the pen by dipping it
is quite messy if you are not skilled at it. Air bubbles in the converter will
make the pen skip if you don't fill it correctly.
3. Pigmented inks might be too thick for this thin-spaced nib. It sometimes
takes a little bit to get the ink flowing, but once it's active, the pen is good
In short, only get this pen if you want the excellence of the Plumix nib with
the option of your own ink. I rate this three stars because it's way too
expensive for what is essentially the Plumix nib if all you want is a cartridge
I love mine, though, and will write that entire bottle of Noodler's out with
this pen alone. I am dedicating the Noodler's to it.
UPDATE: After writing with this on an index card, I let the ink dry fully, then
tortured it with 70% isopropyl alcohol, a toner containing mostly SD alcohol
40-B (ethanol denatured with small amounts of t-Butyl alcohol and maybe
methanol), then tap water.
NO SMEARS. NO SMUDGES. NO BLEEDTHROUGH.
This pen is now my daily use pen for notekeeping. I will order more and more and