I found this pen on clearance...
January 1, 2012
I found this pen on clearance at a local office supply store and picked it up,
having very low expectations from the reviews I'd read. I've been pleasantly
surprised- despite some initial trouble getting it to write, I've found it to be
a fairly reliable writer, with a solid medium line and a fine line if you write
with the nib reversed (black side up). I like the stainless steel, it looks and
feels nice, and the plastic grip section is also nice- however, while the cap
posts with a snap and seems secure, it sometimes will rotate around the pen
while writing and this can be annoying.
I believe that many of the problems stem from the ink in these pens, which is
pretty awful in my opinion (it feathers and bleeds through, and isn't even very
black). The good news is that Platinum cartridges fit- I am using Platinum
Blue/Black in mine, and I notice far fewer hard starts (only after the pen has
sat unused for a while) and no skipping. The medium line is wide enough to show
a little shading with this ink.
This pen has a place alongside my Platinum Preppies as a good, cheap fountain
pen I can leave in my desk at work without fear.