Nice quality paper, but 40 sheets goes fast: get refills when you buy the pad.
(Or, if the other reviewer would let us know where to get those square punches
-- what a great customization idea!) The rings look delicate, but I haven't
ruined them yet. It also fits well into a Rite-In-The-Rain 3x5" pad cover.
Better apparent quality than the ubiquitous Staedtler Mars 780 (haven't tried
the 925 available here) for less money, with more pronounced knurling on the
grip. Nice "knock" system. One feature of the 780 that I don't really miss is
the lack of sharpener in the cap: I'd rather carry something like the Sun-Star
SharPits 2 mm, since that wouldn't leave carbon dust inside the holder barrell
to get all over the inside of your bag! I do wish it had an adjustable
indicator (like the 925) instead of color coded barrels.
Just as good quality as the standard (non-calligraphy/non-italic) tips, which
means excellent. It is smooth flowing without too heavy a flow rate given the
width, and there is no snagging with the squared off tip. The narrower profile
of the chisel tip is a little thick, compared to the tip of a Pilot Plumix; in
line with the tendency of German brands of nibs being thicker than Japanese.
However, there is still lots of contrast in line thinkness, given that the
controlled ink flow rate doesn't lend itself to line "bleed".
Actually a richer colour than the photo would suggest: went with it because the
description was "Dark Red". The pattern looks to be woven from the picture, but
is printed -- no matter, as it's printed very finely. Makes not only a great
pen roll, but for other small items, such as crochet hooks!
Bought this as a gift for someone who uses rollerballs, after having good
experiences with the Sport fountain pens. I got to try it myself & find that,
for smoothness, it can keep up with quality pens of either type. It seems to be
getting hard to find affordable ballpoints that take cartridges, so this is a
great way to give someone who's used to "normal" pens the opportunity to play
with unusual ink colours. My only small criticism is that the inside of the cap
has an insert of cloudy plastic (which is hard to see in the product photo)
which makes it look a bit cheap compared to rest of the clear body: next time
I'd probably go with black.
Bought this to replace a lost (beloved) Fine-nibbed one, in the hope that if it
turned up, I'd then have each of the sizes. At first I regretted having ordered
the EF, finding it a bit scratchy compared to my memory of the F, but after a
very short "work-in" it turned out almost as smooth and just as reliable. The
key is not to judge it by how it feels the instant ink starts coming through. I
found that the F worked with any ink I could throw at it, and am hoping the EF
won't be touchy either.
Was a bit leery when I received the pen as it had astrip of dried glue stuck to
it & the metal part of the nib was out of line with the black plastic part of
the feed underneath. However, it was easy to straighten & hasn't drifted out of
alignment yet. It also writes beautifully and smoothly with the included black
cartridge. Not the finest of the fine nibs -- by Japanese-manufactured standards
-- but doesn't bleed where others do. Looks & performs like a pen costing at
least double. Yet to try it with the Ohto adapter...
Works well, but looks better! Love how the lead advance button works through the
cap, though wish it wouldn't advance when the cap was in place on the front of
the pencil. Not the best grip in the world, either. The gray has a nice
brown/greenish tinge that doesn't show up as strongly in the picture.
A bit flimsy compared to a more expensive multi-pen: It can be a bit tricky to
slide in refills & they retract accidentally a bit too easily. However, in my
opinion, multi-pens are mostly a novelty, anyway & the options available for
this 5-color make it the most fun multi available. I like to put the pencil,
eraser & 3 bright colors in it & keep it on hand to mark up writing done with a