I've run Salix Blue through two pens and I am pleased with how the ink performs.
Easily becoming my go-to ink for journal writing. Behaves well on all grades of
paper without feathering or bleed-thru. Delivers subtle shading. Dries to a nice
blue-black. Best of all, it is permanent.
I am partial to "mini" fountain pens, and picked up the Tradio with the idea of
converting it to an eyedropper. The barrel proved not to be airtight. Conversion
will take some modifications, if I even follow through with the idea.
As for how the pen behaves, I have to say just average. I thought the nib wrote
a little dry and scratchy. That problem has been partially alleviated by using a
There are pens that write much better for equal or less money. However, most of
those pens are disposible or use proprietary ink cartridges.
The one plus for the Pentel Tradio Mini is that it uses short international
This pen provides a quality nib for the price. However, it may not be as solidly
constructed as others in its price range. I was initially intrigued with the
Clear Candy when I saw that they made a clear-body version, hoping I could
convert it to an eyedropper. Unfortunately, the barrel is not airtight. While it
is possible to seal it, I’m just not sure I want to go through the trouble and
possibly ruin the pen.
The pen came with a Sailor cartridge and inked up quickly, though a little ink
seeped out of the feed. I am impressed with Sailor ink. With it, the Clear
Candy lays down a consistently even and dark line. Only time will tell about the
construction of the pen. It doesn’t look like it will take much abuse. For a
more durable pen that is an equally good writer, I recommend the Rotring Surf or
perhaps Sailor’s other entry-level pen, the HighAce Neo.
I am amazed at how nice this pen writes. We are referring to (at the time of
writing) a pen that costs less than five dollars! The pen inked up quickly when
I loaded the cartridge. While there may not be a lot of flex to the nib, it
writes with an even, smooth line. Posted, it is comfortable in the hand.
If there is a drawback, and it is a minor one at that, it’s that the Petit
take a proprietary cartridge, and a small one at that. So you are going to spend
more on the ink than on the pen. My plan is to convert the Petit to an
The pen is cute, writes fantastic, and may be more novelty than everyday writer,
but you can’t beat the price for a non-disposable fountain pen.
Like others reviewing here, I purchased the Rook for its looks. Five stars in
that category for the brushed metal, and contemporary design…I have had a
number of people comment on the Rook when I am writing with it.
The Rook is tiny, not that I was surprised. Unposted, it is impossible to write
with; like writing with a pencil stub. Posting the cap makes it usable.
Initially I had a hard time inking it up and the ink flow, once it started, was
inconsistent. After a short break in, these problems disappeared. The nib is
German, writes smoothly, and lays down what looks more like a medium line than a
Overall, the Ohto Rook is a better than average pen, and for the price, perhaps
should be considered a very good pen.
I purchased two Spirits—one in the silver trim and one in the gold—with the
intent of sending one to my friend in London. When I received them, I noticed
that the nib was not aligned with the feed on the silver-trimmed Spirit. So I
sent the gold trimmed pen to the UK , hoping it would be okay.
I had ink flow problems in the one I kept, which improved when I managed to
align the nib and feed. However, having run three kinds of ink through it, there
are still some minor problems with the ink flow, with the pen skipping on the
My friend in England, though, says the pen works fine. In a letter, he wrote:
“This is my first test of the Ohto Spirit. It already feels great—easily the
best pen I have tried so far. Am using the cartridge (I had sent him a converter
too). It ‘fired up’ right out of the box. Writes perfectly…I really like
the ‘feel’ of the pen, substantial but not to large or heavy. It has that
elusive ‘heft’ you have talked about.”
I have to agree with the feel of the pen. Nib problems aside, I enjoy writing
with this pen. If it didn’t look and feel so good I probably wouldn’t have
been so determined to get the nib alignment right.
The Lamy Nexx M is slight modification to the standard Nexx fountain pen, with
that modification (or in this case, improvement) being a metal clip on the cap
instead of plastic. The clip, matching the barrel, makes for an modern looking
pen. In addition, the metal clip adds a little weight to the pen, noticable when
you post the cap. For some reason, the cap on the Nexx M posts better than the
cap on my Nexx. This make for a nice balanced pen.
The nibs on a Lamy always write big, but I'm surprised at the line created by
the Extra Fine (EF) nib on the Nexx M. Nice and even and not as thin as extra
Overall, 5 stars for both design apperance and performance. Do yourself a favor
and add a Nexx M to your Lamy collection.
Lamy is known for their award winning design. The Lamy Nexx is no exception,
getting high marks for style points. In addition, the Nexx is a fine writer at
an affordable price. Ergonomic shape ensures the pen is in optimal writing
position. The barrel body is aluminum, making for a light pen. Cap is
interesting in that you can, if you desire, hang it from a lanyard. And you
might as well leave the cap attached to a lanyard, as the round cap posts
terribly on the triangular barrel. That is my only complaint. Otherwise, great
I just don't understand the negative reviews for this pen. Yes, it is an
inexpensive, plastic pen. But it is not cheaply made. The cap secures tightly
and posts well. You are not going to wear out the threads taking the barrel on
and off. The cartridge is held securely in the feed section. The nib is typical
Rotring, sturdy. The design is modern. Most importantly, it is a great writer,
producing a thin, wet line. A little thinner than I would expect from a medium
I thought it would be too light for my tastes but I have gotten used to it. And
who wants a heavy resin pen pulling on your shirt pocket at work?