Thumbs down. Get a Tasche, or a Kaweco Sport.
I have two Ohto Tasches and after some fiddling got both to write OK (see my
review for the Tasche). Not so for the Rook. I couldn't get mine to write well
to save my life. Strange, because it looks like the same nib as the Tasche. To
add insult to injury, the cap won't post reliably - keeps falling off - and the
inner ring fell out. A dab of Superglue sorted out the inner ring, but the
thing still won't write well. After trying the lousy Ohto ink and a cartridge
of Pelikan 4001 I gave up. You really do get what you pay for.
My advice, pass on this dog. Buy a Tasche and tweak it to write well. Or,
maybe you'd rather just take a new pen out of the box and write with it, no
fiddling around. In that case spend a few dollars more and get a Kaweco Sport.
My Sport wrote beautifully right out of the box. I'm done with Ohto.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Not usable out of the box, but if you don't mind a little
tweaking a nifty little pen.
When it arrived I was disappointed. The line was very weak and skippy, like a
used-up ballpoint, and I had to press on it to get it to write at all. If it had
been a more expensive pen I would have sent it back but I decided "what the
heck, maybe I can make it work".
After some research on FPN I figured out that the tines of the nib were adjusted
too tightly, thus starving the point of ink. I used the same resource to find
out how to "floss" the nib with a piece of .001" brass shim stock (I happened to
have some, but it's available in most hardware stores). It took a little trial
and error but now that I have the nib dialed in, it writes just fine even with
the (underwhelming) factory ink.
PRO - I like the design, especially the compact size which fits right into my
pocket or planner.
- If you don't mind tinkering with it a little, it's a fun little pen. Mine
works fine now. If it had written this way out of the box I would have given it
CON - I docked the score because I had to work on it to make it usable at all,
let alone "just right".
- The cap threads felt gritty; a tiny dab of petroleum jelly fixed that.
Although this is a mixed review, believe it or not I like the Tasche and will
probably get another one. Now that I know what to do, tweaking a new Tasche
would be a 5 minute job. For a $15 pen I don't mind doing a little tinkering,
Just don't expect this pen to be perfect out of the box.