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October 17, 2014
I actually like this...
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I actually like this puppy a little better than the Pilot Petit1. They're both cheap "minis"--that you won't mind breaking/losing or giving away--the (F)ine nibs both write surprisingly well, both fit my largish hands perfectly comfortably when posted, but the Jetpens Chibi *does* take short international cartridges--which the Pilot doesn't. The Pilot Petit1 cap "clicks" when posted, whereas the Chibi doesn't, it's just a friction fit. And, if it matters to you, the Pilot Petit1 also comes in eight different colors, while yellow is (currently?) the only color the Chibi comes in. For a pen this price in which I can use my bottled ink and my already-plentiful supply of empty short international cartridges, I didn't care if it only comes in one color. I'll surely be buying more of these. :) P.S. The short Pilot cartridges that the Petit1 comes with are refillable too (they're just a short version of the Pilot cartridges we're all familiar with), of course, but you'll probably want to buy a "starter set" (in a "tube" of 3) of those, too, along with your Petit1.

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October 11, 2014
Really like these puppies...
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Really like these puppies for my "commonplace books." Like many, I've grown disaffected with Moleskines, the popular favorite--whose paper quality really seems to have declined. My alternatives have become the Leuchtterm 1917 (roughly the same size, A5)--and the Palomino Blackwing Luxury Notebook.
First off, BOTH have Moleskines beat, hands down. The paper in both of them is just higher-quality than what I've seen in Moleskines lately--of any price. Incidentally, despite what another reviewer said, I'm looking at all three, and they all have the same (6 millimeter) line spacing. The Leuchtterm 1917 has numbered pages, but I just lightly pencil my own page numbers into my Palomino Blackwings. Bookmark ribbon? Check. I like the lighter-colored (closer to white) paper in the Blackwing, too--as well as the heavier "boards," though they're still flexible. The ruling on the Blackwing pages is of similar weight to those in the Moleskine, which in both cases are heavier than those in the Leuchtterm 1917. The Blackwing also has more pages (160 vs. 122) than the Leuchtterm 1917. You'll never go back to Moleskines.

 
October 11, 2014
OK, very nice soft leather...
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OK, very nice soft leather case, and it *will* hold two Kaweco Sports--WITHOUT POCKET CLIPS. But then, with a nice leather case, who needs pocket clips?

 
March 24, 2014
Hands-down the best pad...
Hands-down the best pad of this type I've ever used--and easily worth eight bucks. Midori doesn't fool around.

The two different types of paper (lined & blank) is a terrific idea. The two different colors (white for the lined & cream for the blank) is terrific idea #2. I personally like the bold-5th-line scheme, too. And, it's "tactilely" perfect, in my opinion. It just FEELS right. It's fat--you get 50 sheets of each type of paper. The Midori paper is excellent, too, as you would expect. Yes, the "grain" (recycled leather) makes a nice cover for the top/front, but both the front and back are backed by a second cardboard "board," which gives both front and back a nice solid feel and a firm, stiff backing for writing-while-holding-in-your-hand. This might be the second thing you notice--after the "Grain" cover. The next step would've probably been two slabs of wood.

The double rings are made of fat (surely squash-resistant) wire and will *never* give you any trouble--there's no wire hanging out anywhere to "snag" on anything. What I liked MOST is that they seem to have gotten the ring size (~18mm), number of leaves, and the hole sizes and spacing just PERFECT. This is the "tactile" thing I was talking about. The pages will always flip over and lay flat, perfectly. No horsing around at the binding. Ever. The DOUBLE elastic band holding it closed is just icing on the cake. Just a pleasure to use.

I'll decide for you: get one of each color, and give one away to a friend/partner.


OK, I dug and dug, and found *one* thing some folks might dislike. The sheets are NOT micro-perfed. But I guarantee you'll do no damage to the sturdy rings by just ripping pages out.

 
January 31, 2014
Must agree w/previous...
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Must agree w/previous reviewer. I own more than a fistful of Pilot FPs, and this one was a welcome addition. Number one "draw" for me? The Pilot (F)ine nib--essentially the same one as in my beloved Cocoons and Preras. Noticeably finer than typical with other pens, it writes perfectly, with no "breaking-in" or tweaking necessary. All-plastic, except for the clip and nib of course, it's *very* light. It's compact, at about a half-inch shorter than Pilot's Cocoon or Metro (those being the same pen, essentially), but fits well, unposted, even in my largish hands. Like the "click" securing the cap when posted, too, though I don't usually write that way. Only possibly downside? It'll only take Pilot cartridges --not the "short international" variety. It WILL of course take a Pilot CON-50 (or CON-20) converter though, so you *can* use bottled ink (yay!). I didn't want to dunk the soft plastic "grip" into an ink bottle, possibly staining it, so I filled my CON-50 converter FIRST (with a syringe) and snapped the pen onto the converter. Bob's your uncle, as they say. Plan on buying more in different colors.

 
December 9, 2013
Terrific pen, like every...
Terrific pen, like every other Pilot I own (coupla Preras, Penmanships, Metros, and a Custom 74). Is it *mostly* IDENTICAL to the Pilot Metropolitan? As another reviewer pointed out, YES. However, you'll find the Cocoon costs at least 2-3 TIMES what the Metropolitan does, no matter where you shop. What's up? For two pens that LOOK IDENTICAL, this might sound like a show-stopper. However, here's a couple of points that *might* matter to some folks. First off--and most important to ME--only the Cocoon is available with a FINE nib. UNLIKE the Metropolitan. The "Metro" is only fifteen bucks, a nice, solid, metal-not-plastic, Every-Day-Carry pen, an outstanding value for the money--but it's also ONLY available with a MEDIUM nib. At least, from the U.S. vendors I've seen. That might be different elsewhere (Japan, e.g.). Now, for fifteen dollars, a PILOT (M)edium nib in a metal pen is perfectly OK with me, but I prefer a (F)INE if it's available. That's where my Cocoon came in. Also--and this matters a lot to some folks--as far as I know, only the Cocoon is available in Burgundy and "Titanium." The Metro comes in a variety of colors, but not those.

Bottom line? If your preference is for a (M)edium nib, and you're not dying for these two particular colors, save your money and buy a Metropolitan. Or two. If you like the Metro's sturdy, no-nonsense design but gotta have a (F)ine nib, (or gotta have it in Titanium or Burgundy) buy a Cocoon. Pay the extra for a cartridge converter so you can use bottled ink. You won't regret it.


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April 2, 2013
Really like these! Before...
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Really like these! Before I even started using the original, I ordered another 30-sheet refill and added it to the original.

Aside from my favorite style (flexible cover, lay-flat), the paper is yummy for a FP user. I haven't seen a "spec", but it's probably 75-80 gram paper, and takes ink well. The 6mm line-spacing might be a little too "tight" for some people, but suits me fine--I write small-ish. The covers are tough, flexible plastic, and you won't need to worry about "dog-eared" covers, for example. Oh, and they come in a bunch of colours.

OK, now the cool bit--the twist-ring mechanism. It's gonna take a little practice for some folks, but I think it's really clever. It might look flimsy at first--the "binding" rings are all plastic with a slim metal rod and a spring mechanism (this is the "magic" part, to me), and the the whole thing is VERY flexible--but once you see how easy it is to operate--and how little FORCE it takes--you'll appreciate what might be the world's THINNEST LOOSELEAF binder, allowing you to remove, add, or re-order your pages.

My only wish is that I could get it in A5 size. BTW, SIXTY SHEETS is probably the limit for the (~10mm) ring mechanism (30-sheet original + full refill pack)

I see JetPens now carries a 3 x 5 notepad sized one, too, but only w/5mm graph paper. Never mind. I still want more of both.

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October 31, 2012
Oh, yes. This is a nice...
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Oh, yes. This is a nice one! Just right size, weight, balance ("posted" cap or not). Wrote beautifully, first time and every time since--without skipping, hesitation or "scratchiness." NO adjustment of nib necessary, as I believe one other reviewer reported. I'm a proud cheapskate, but my Prera was worth every nickel of fifty bucks, as far as I'm concerned. As I've noticed with other Pilot pens, too, (F)ine means FINE, *not* MEDIUM--thank you very much.

I prefer a see-through converter (I'm surely not alone), so I popped out the (included) CON-20 bulb-type converter and put a CON-50 screw-plunger-type in there (only possible "downside. I happened to have one already, otherwise it would've been another $8.50). Inked it up with Diamine Imperial Blue (woo!) and "went to town" on some high-quality paper (Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Kokuyo notebooks). The first thing I noticed was the incredible SMOOTHNESS. That was the first "Oh, yes." It was palpable. FWIW, I'm sinistral. A "normal-writing" ("hook-less") left-hander, too. You "Captain Hooks" know who you are (smile). My Pilot Prera works *just beautifully* for me, and I'll bet right-handers will be glad they bought one, too. ! I want at least one more myself, right away--in a different barrel color.

Did I mention just the tactilely(?) nice FEEL of the friction-fit of the cap when you close it? The three metal rings (plus the top of the cap) make for a nice design touch, too. The spring of the pocket clip is VERY strong (as another reviewer may have noted.) Once you clip it onto something, it's not going ANYPLACE. After reading in another review, I had to test it--and mine is NOT MAGNETIC.

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August 22, 2012
Really, this has become...
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Really, this has become one of my *favorite* blue-blacks. First encountered in a Preppy, but I liked the color so well in the Preppy, I bought a 30-ml. bottle to try in other founain pens (like, anything finer-nibbed than a Preppy?). Nice, saturated color; very well-behaved: good flow, non "wet" (non slow-drying), quick starting in all my pens. Did I mention the BARGAIN PRICE?? I'd honestly match it against brands I've tried costing 2-3 times as much. Nice "tiltable" bottle, too, so you can get the last "dregs" from it.

 
June 18, 2012
Yep, the Kaweco Sport...
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Yep, the Kaweco Sport (EF nib) is a winner, as far as I'm concerned, and I'll be buying another in a different colour. I initially had two trepidations: a) There DOESN'T seem to be a converter available for the Kaweco Sport, so you must use Kaweco's own (or other "International Short") ink cartridges (no bottled ink) and b) my usual concerns about what a particular manufacturer considers "Extra Fine" compared to "Fine." OK, I heard that others have made an "eyedropper" out of the Kaweco by "greasing up" the threads with silicone grease so you can fill the BARREL with ink. I'm perfectly happy using J. Herbin cartridges--"Perle Noire" for black and "Eclat de Saphir" for blue. Coupla my favorite "bottle" inks that happen to also be available in short cartridges. My problem with nib widths is a common one: that what one manufacturer calls "extra fine" is closer to "fine" (or even "medium"). The EF nib that came with my Kaweco *IS* an extra-fine. It writes smoothly (*not* dry, at least not with J. Herbin ink), first time, every time. No skipping, no scratchiness. I did NO "preparation" of the new pen. Snap in the cartridge, give it a couple of shakes, and start writing.

I bought mine with a pocket clip (another $3), but this puppy is SO short, you'll be tempted to just carry it in your pants pocket. The cap SCREWS ON, so there's no danger of it coming off if you just throw this little guy into your backpack or pocket. It's comfy writing without the cap posted, but WITH the cap posted (so you won't misplace it), it's still shorter than your average FP.

Terrific pen, worth every bit of the price. Definitely want another.

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