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.