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Waterman Nostalgia Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Intense Black - SANFORD 51060W1
  An extremely well-behaved,..., April 10, 2011
An extremely well-behaved, low-priced ink. I use this in my Lamy Safari F, and it writes well on many types of paper with fairly little feathering or bleedthrough. However, if you are looking for a DARK, black ink, this may not be the choice for you; from my experience, Waterman black seems to be more of a nice dark grey tone. I also don't think it's waterproof. But it does produce some very pretty shading and is a pleasure to write with!
Pilot Plumix Fountain Pen - Medium Flat Italic Nib - Light Blue Body - PILOT 90042
  Another great product..., April 10, 2011
Another great product from Pilot! I purchased this inexpensive pen so I try out could try out an italic nib (although I believe it actually has what is known as a "music nib," which means that it will make a mark whether you push or pull it across the paper). Regardless, it is excellent for calligraphy practice, and produces a line thin enough to use for everyday writing purposes.

I also purchased a Pilot CON-20 converter, which fits perfectly in place of a regular cartridge (which I haven't tested yet, unfortunately). I have some Noodler's ink in there right now, and the pen writes very smoothly...a pleasure to use!

The triangular grip is similar to that of the Pilot Penmanship, and similarly comfortable. The barrel is light but sturdy plastic, so you can write for a while without your hand getting tired. Again, the only issue I have with this line of pens is the inconvenience of having to unscrew the cap every time I want to use it, but that's a small complaint compared with the overall value.
Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Regular - KURETAKE LS1-10
  An excellent product..., April 10, 2011
An excellent product for the $. The ink is nice and dark; however, it is not waterproof, so be careful if you want to watercolor over it.

The tip is molded felt, so this pen is not capable of producing the same expressive lines you get with brush pens that utilize real bristles (such as the Pentel Pocket brush pen, or the Kuretake No. 13...both of which Jetpens carries!) In addition, it is not refillable...at least to my knowledge! However, if these points aren\'t a big deal for you, you are getting a very nice brush pen that will work perfectly for kanji/character writing or art.
Pilot Fountain Pen CON-20 Converter - PILOT CON-20
  I purchased this for..., April 10, 2011
I purchased this for use with my Pilot Plumix fountain pen, but I believe it is compatible with a wide range of other Pilot products as well. It's shaped like and installed in place of a regular Pilot cartridge. Use is pretty intuitive; press and hold the button on the side, submerge the entire nib in ink, then release to draw ink up into the converter. (You might need to repeat a couple of times to make sure most of the ink is going into the converter and not the feed.) I fill directly from the ink bottle and it works perfectly, no spills or splatter! I also think it holds a bit more ink than the CON-50, although unfortunately the CON-20 is not clear so you can't see how much is left. A good, cheap choice for those who want to broaden their ink and color options.
Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen with Ergo Grip - Extra Fine Nib - Black Body - PILOT P-FP-50R-B-EF
  An amazing pen for the..., April 10, 2011
An amazing pen for the price! Produces a very fine line, comparable to my 0.3mm Hi-Tec C. The ink that came in the included cartridge seems to make the pen a little scratchier (and it has a bit of an odd chemical smell to it?), but once I refilled the cartridge with Noodler's Heart of Darkness, it writes very smoothly considering how fine the tip is. I emptied and refilled the included cartridge with a syringe, but I believe the Pilot CON-20 and CON-50 converters are also compatible.

The body is lightweight plastic, and the triangular molded grip is actually quite intuitive and comfortable. The screw-on cap can be inconvenient, but it's a minor complaint in an otherwise effective design.

All in all, a wonderful choice for those looking for a cheap, refillable pen that produces a very fine line. With a converter and a bottle of ink, you can also write in any color. Perfect for detailed drawings or sketches...I'll definitely be using this a lot!
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