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Monteverde Poquito Ballpoint Pen + Stylus - 0.7 mm - Black Body - Black Ink - MONTEVERDE MV10101
  There are some very good..., January 10, 2013
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.
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - 03 Fine Nib - Green Ink - PLATINUM PPQ-200 41
  The other colors of this..., December 5, 2011
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.
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen - 03 Fine Nib - Pink Ink - PLATINUM PPQ-200 21
  This pen far exceeded..., December 5, 2011
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.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Charcoal Black Body - LAMY L17F
  The Safari is a perfect..., December 5, 2011
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!
Ohto F-Spirit Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Gold Clip - OHTO FF-10F GOLD
  The look of this pen..., December 5, 2011
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.
Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Black Body - TOMBOW BC-AP11
  I have used this pen..., November 8, 2011
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.
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