There are some very good things about this pen and some things that I feel need
to be improved.
Pros: The pen is small and lightweight, yet sturdy and writes well. There was
no "priming" by scratching a piece of paper with it for ages; it wrote perfectly
right out of the package. I am usually disappointed by such small pens, but it
was just thick and long enough for me to write with (albeit I have small hands).
The twist function will not open by itself, and has a smooth action to it.
Cons: The clip, the stylus, and the price are my main gripes. The clip is
extremely tight, perhaps due to its small size. It actually tore a couple
stitches in my jeans pocket when I removed it slowly. I need a more
pocket-friendly clip for an EDC pen like this one. The capacitive stylus is a
mixed package. You have to apply ample pressure in order for the screen sensors
to activate - it doesn't work on a light touch like with your fingers. Sliding
and drawing things on a screen is fine, but tapping things requires way too much
force to be practical. I wound up being less accurate than when using my
fingers due to the stabbing required to use the stylus. Finally, at $10, I
think it is too expensive considering its flawed functionality. Yes, the
construction is excellent, but the poor clip and stylus defeat its purpose: an
EDC pen which can double as a stylus for your capacitive touch screen devices.
The other colors of this pen are far better. I bought the pen in black and pink
as well, and the other colors are much better. The green is very wet and
lightly colored; I would have preferred a greater saturation of color. I intend
to convert this pen into an eyedropper pen once the ink runs out or perhaps
before because the ink is so poor.
The pen itself is light and ergonomic, well-balanced in weight distribution, and
made of thick plastic with a hexagonal design inside the barrel which seems to
reinforce the structure. My only complaint about the construction of the Preppy
would be the clip, which is loose and shallow; it doesn't grip my pocket enough
to keep itself from falling out.
This pen far exceeded my expectations. At the price how can you go wrong?
That's exactly how I felt about this pen when I bought it, but I was surprised
at how well it wrote with the default cartridge, especially it having such a
fine point. It is light and ergonomic, well-balanced in weight distribution,
and made of thick plastic with a hexagonal design inside the barrel which seems
to reinforce the structure. My only complaint about the construction of the
Preppy would be the clip, which is loose and shallow; it doesn't grip my pocket
enough to keep itself from falling out.
The ink flows well and isn't particularly dry or wet. It writes smoothly and
with no skipping, delivering a thin line with minimal scratchiness. It is a
very vibrant pink, and stands out quite a bit on the page.
The Safari is a perfect introduction to the fountain pen world. It is
inexpensive, easy to maintain, is built well, has good ergonomics, and flows
well with nearly any ink.
I used the cartridge that came with the pen, but have switched to a converter
with Diamine Asa Blue. The ink flows extremely well and is very enjoyable to
write with. The triangular grip fits nearly any hand, but I personally prefer a
rounded grip. You can post the cap on the pen, but I feel it makes the pen
quite top-heavy, so I use the Safari unposted.
Much has already been said about this pen, but I feel the clip doesn't get
enough recognition. This trademark clip is subtle but very practical, allowing
the pen to sit deep in the pocket while gripping the cloth reasonably well. My
favorite aspect of the clip is that it curves upward towards the end, allowing
me to slip it quickly and easily into my pocket using only one hand!
The look of this pen for the price is impressive, but look under the hood, and
it is less amazing.
When I used a converter to fill this pen with Pelikan 4001 Black, it wrote very
scratchy and skipped a lot. I cleaned it thoroughly by flushing with mild soap
and water, which improved flow considerably, but it still flows far less well
than my Lamy Safari F, or even the $3.00 Platinum Preppy. It is possible that
it may write better with a higher-quality or wetter ink, but I haven't tested
any others yet.
Ergonomics are great for my relatively small hands, and it is a well-balanced
pen in weight distribution whether posted or unposted. The build quality seems
quite good, but I am dissatisfied with the cap construction: it doesn't feel
very nice when capping the pen, and there is a very ugly plastic piece glued
inside that seems to keep the pen capped.
I think this is a good pen for the price, but the Lamy Safari is a much better
buy. However, if you're looking for a classier, more professional-looking
fountain pen, then the F-Spirit wins over the casual Safari.
I have used this pen for over two years as a waiter and it has never failed me
on the job. I have had to replace the pen once due to my rough treatment of it,
but faithfully bought the same model.
This pen can be used to write in any position, and does not clog or produce that
blotchy gunk on paper when writing with it for the first time in a while (a
problem common with cheap ballpoints). While I have never tested it completely
submerged under water, it is very capable of writing on wet paper; very handy
for waiters who haven't had time to dry their hands.
Aesthetically and ergonomically, it is a very practical design. The clip is
perfect for clipping to notebooks and aprons, and it grips quite tightly. The
knocker has a resistant click (from pressurizing the chamber) that may take time
to get used to, but is in no way difficult to engage. The pen is rather short,
so if you have big hands, be prepared to experience this issue.
Finally, be careful not to overtighten the tip when replacing the ink cartridge,
as it is easy to strip the threads.