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Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Krakatoa Black Demonstrator - NOODLERS 14006
  I can't complain about..., March 27, 2013
I can't complain about how the Noodler's Konrad writes. I have a couple of them and they write smoothly with great flex and compare in writing feel to my much more expensive Pelikans.

The design is also excellent and these pens do look great.

But, if you think you're getting a Pelikan Souveran for $20, you're not. This is a very well executed pen in every respect, however. Materials are not lacking and neither is craftsmanship, but it's not made of the high end materials that you get with Pelikan and so the Konrad doesn't feel/look exactly cheap, but it does look and feel "kind of" cheap, which could be a let down for some. For a $20 pen, though, it beats the pants off of, say, a Pelikan Pelikano! In fact, if Pelikan decided to style their Pelikanos in a more traditional "Pelikan" like way, this could very well be the pen.

This is an amazing buy at $20. You can't go wrong. I do think the pen still would have looked better without the window, as it's very transparent to begin with.
Noodler's Konrad Flex Fountain Pen - Blue Tortoise Fleur De Lis - NOODLERS 14003
  I can't complain about..., March 27, 2013
I can't complain about how the Noodler's Konrad writes. I have a couple of them and they write smoothly with great flex and compare in writing feel to my much more expensive Pelikans.

The design is also excellent and these pens do look great.

But, if you think you're getting a Pelikan Souveran for $20, you're not. This is a very well executed pen in every respect, however. Materials are not lacking and neither is craftsmanship, but it's not made of the high end materials that you get with Pelikan and so the Konrad doesn't feel/look exactly cheap, but it does look and feel "kind of" cheap, which could be a let down for some. For a $20 pen, though, it beats the pants off of, say, a Pelikan Pelikano! In fact, if Pelikan decided to style their Pelikanos in a more traditional "Pelikan" like way, this could very well be the pen.

The only gripe I really have with this particular color, as opposed to, say, the Hudson Bay Fathoms or other "demonstrator" Konrads is that the swirling on this pen pretty cheap looking and the mix/match solid and swirl just makes it look even cheaper. I also have a fully swirled Tortoise Galapagos and it looks amazing.
Pelikan C499 Fountain Pen Converter - PELIKAN 999128
  THIS IS NOT MADE OF GLASS!!!!!..., November 7, 2011
THIS IS NOT MADE OF GLASS!!!!!

This is a great fountain pen converter that will fit any fountain pen that you have that takes the standard international cartridge, provided that the barrel is long enough to hold it, which should be the vast majority of fountain pens. It will not fit a Recife Baby Press, for example, because that is a tiny pen.

The fit and finish of this cartridge is excellent and it hold plenty of ink. I use it in a Pelikan Pelikano. There are cheaper converters that work just as well, but this one really looks good with the shiny metal bits. Even the cheaper converters are only going to cost a dollar less at most, so go for the better looking one, in my opinion. I doubt these are actually made by Pelikan, but it doesn't matter; they do the job and the price is more than reasonable.

Use this to fill your cartridge pen with bottle ink and walk away a winner.

By the way, this converter is NOT made of GLASS, as one reviewer said. The plastic is very clear, for sure, but you can still dig your fingernail into it, if you want to, just to make sure that it's not glass. I highly doubt that even one of these was made out of glass and somehow he/she got one. It just doesn't make sense. Rest assured that you are not buying a fragile extremely thin-walled glass tubed item but one that will last for years to come that appears to be made of something more reliable like clear vinyl, and you don't have to worry about dropping your pen and having the converter shatter into a million shards inside your expensive pen.

*shakes head*

Glass? Who would do that?

IT IS NOT GLASS
Zebra V-301 Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Black Body - ZEBRA 48111
  I bought this on sale..., October 26, 2011
I bought this on sale at the local CVS. For the price, it seemed like a good risk; can't lose either way. I liked the looks of the pen and I have a Zebra ballpoint that's at least twenty years old that's always held up well. This pen, however, is junk. It's worth the $, I guess, so long as you treat it like a disposeable. The last thing the world needs is yet another size of refill cartridge, and this pen has it's own unique refill cartridge size. Thus, you can't refill it from the giant bag of refills you bought on ebay. You have to use the Zebra, and they're not cheap. In fact, it seems like if you buy the refills, they give you the pen. Also, the refills weren't available at the CVS, only the pen, which is a drag.

Some people complain that the ink flow is not good. I didn't experience that, but then, I didn't use it that much. I didn't really like the way it felt in the hand. My cap posted just fine; nice and tight, despite other's experiences. I think the reason I didn't like it was because it was so light. I normally write with a Pelikan Pelikano, which isn't a heavy pen, either, but the Zebra felt lighter. Also, the nib didn't have enough bite--it just kind of slid along. Also, since you can't put a converter in it, you're limited to the Zebra cartridges, and the black ink that is in them is not a nice dark jet black; it's kind of weak.

What do you want for $2.99? Well, if it took regular cartridges, I might have kept it. But since the cartridge is unique and probably patented or proprietary in some way, you're stuck in the same annoying way that you are with computer printers. The hardware is cheap and nearly free, but the ink is expensive and a pain to get. Perhaps this is Zebra experimenting with "software." The only problem is, it would have to take off in order to work, and it won't. Too bad.
Zebra F-301 Stainless Steel Retractable Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Black - ZEBRA 27110
  I've managed to hold..., April 19, 2011
I've managed to hold on to the same Zebra F-301 ballpoint for twenty years. I've refilled it dozens of times and it still goes strong and is still good looking in a techie kind of way, which proves it's a classic.

I'd buy another one, but why? I've had the same one forever.
Pelikan Pelikano Fountain Pen P460F - Fine Nib - Orange Body - PELIKAN 926790
  I think that Pelikan..., March 23, 2011
I think that Pelikan makes the finest fountain pens available. I often use my M605 for daily use and love it to death, but for a daily writer, I was just curious to see how their humble little "school pen" compared to their flagship products.

I was amazed! I love this pen. I grew up with Scheaffer school pens, which leaked if you looked at them. This Pelikano does everything you want it to, and more. Ink cartridge, the "giant" size, fits snugly and securely, the nib is smooth and in the fine size, perfect for any writing one needs to do. The plastic is high quality and seems like it will last for many years to come. The stainless cap and springy plastic clip has been in service on mine for about four years with no problems. Aesthetically, I liked the previous model better, but now this chunky rounder, thicker (and more sturdy) design has grown on me quite a bit.

I originally bought this pen because I wanted a daily Pelikan writer without the worrying about my emotionaly state should I lose my M605. But now with my M605 virtually permanently in the drawer so that I can write with this one, if I lose it, I'll feel as though I've lost a limb.

I would recommend the F nib size as it's pretty wide and the ink flows well. I have a couple in different colors with the M nib and the line it makes is pretty thick.

I love this pen. I'd recommend it to anyone. It may seem pricey for even a daily writer, but when I consider that I've carried mine for four years so far, it's nothing. Ink is cheap too, and you can always put a converter in it for even more savings.
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