This is my first fountain...
July 15, 2010
This is my first fountain pen and I am glad I chose it. It's only $14 which
makes it way cheaper than some of the rollerball/ballpoint pens or even
mechanical pencils I have. I don't know anything about fountain pens and think
they are quite intimidating so I thought I'd start out with this and a bottle of
Noodler's Ink (seperate review). First of all, it's not very clear how far you
are allowed to unscrew the plunger cap. I just unscrweed until I felt resistance
and stopped. It seems like it could break with moderate force. When I first
filled it, I dilled the nib in and screwed the end so the plunger would suck up
the ink. I was able to write but I noticed that the cavity was not completely
filled. I could see through the ink window. I pushed the plunger back down and
tried again. No luck, this time the pen stopped writing altogether. I tried 5
more times with the same results. Finally, I decided to clean it out by plunging
the tip in water and depressing the plunger. I saw bubbles being formed higher
up on the nib, around where it meets the main body; where the silver ring is.
That told me I was not dipping far enough. So I tried submerging the pen deeper
into the bottle and now everything is great.
How does it write? with the fine-medium nib (only one available), it writes
really smoothly. I don't have any experience with fountain pens so I don't know
what a 'scratchy" nib is but I can imagine because I have a 0.5mm pen that is
extremely scratchy. This one does not snag at all and the ink flows cleanly. I
think the pen is very susceptible to "bleeding" however. What I mean is if you
barely touch the tip or the side "hole" of the nib, ink comes flowing out. This
makes any cleaning with a paper towel (by dabbing), very difficult. are all pens
For $14 you can't expect any bells and whistles. The pen actually looks and
feels pretty cheap. It looks exactly like those disposable pens you've surely
bought/used in the past. The black body is glossy but also very prone to
micro-scratches. I don't mind though because it's a cheap pen. Then again, $14
is 3-5x more expensive than a disposable pen and you would expect this to be a
Overall I am quite happy with it.