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Reviews Written by Leila M

September 17, 2012
I love this pen - the...
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I love this pen - the feel is nice and the ink flows well while maintaining a fine line. It would be perfect if it was refillable in blue. I have the 3-color multi-pen but it's a little fat for my hand.

March 30, 2012
This pen gets two stars...
This pen gets two stars for the sleek look, but I've had nothing but bad experiences with this pen.

My two gripes:

1. It's too heavy to write with for more than a quick note - it's like modern-day people equate heft with quality, and fountain pens are luxury items before they're writing instruments. I like to write things out by hand, and I just can't hold this thing up for more than a few minutes without hand fatigue and/or cramps.

2. After about a month of owning this pen, ink started leaking out of places ink should not be, and crusting. It crusted all over the top seam of the nib and the band at the nib-end of the barrel. I separated all the major parts and cleaned them thoroughly, but the leakage/crusting happened again.

I'd send it in for repairs but since it's too heavy and not enjoyable to write with, I don't really see the point. I was really bummed out because I'd heard LAMY pens were supposed to be so amazing, but for me, this one was just an amazing waste of money.

I think maybe someone with bigger/stronger hands than mine would be a better fit for this pen, provided yours doesn't leak/crust like mine.

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December 23, 2011
I picked this up on a...
I picked this up on a drugstore run, but like most other reviewers, I wasn't able to get it to do much at all. I wrote four words with it once, all in a row, but then it just stopped. No amount of shaking, rolling, or nib manipulation got a good inkflow. This pen makes me sad.

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September 16, 2011
I love this pen, though...
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I love this pen, though I prefer the blue ink refill to the black. The inkflow is good for a finer-tip ballpoint (tiny hints of skipping but I don't notice it unless I'm looking for it) and it's smooth to write with. This pen is invaluable on the go, I can't sing its praises enough

My only wish is that they'd make this same pen in an "everyday" size, because my hand cramps around something so tiny after writing any more than a quick note in my planner or mini-moleskine. Where is the companion pen that's more user-friendly for an extended period of writing (like at work all day)??! Come on, Pilot!! ^_^

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June 18, 2010
I bought two of this...
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I bought two of this converter, seemingly exactly the same. One fit in my OHTO FINE fountain pen, the other did not. Not sure why. The one that does fit works beautifully, and luckily, the one that doesn't fit only cost me $1.50.

March 5, 2010
I love this ballpoint....
I love this ballpoint. Love. Comfy to use, with nice inkflow and a clean line.

March 1, 2010
@tal - one thing I've...
@tal - one thing I've learned about Japanese pens is that most of them look cheap as heck, but write like champs. I'm giving the dark blue one a try...I'll review it once I've received and used it!

October 29, 2009
This pen is so pretty....
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This pen is so pretty. But the nib drags, you really have to go slow to get a consistent line, and when you do, the line comes out looking like you watered down the ink to save money. I wouldn't recommend this pen; it's sitting in one of my drawers, useless.

September 27, 2009
It is outrageous how...
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It is outrageous how great this pen is for less than three dollars. I'm going back for a third round of college (this time to become certified as a teacher) and I'm going to have to stock up on these for my note-taking! I especially love this pen on Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers. A GREAT BUY!!!!

September 23, 2009
This is a neat pen to...
This is a neat pen to mess around with for calligraphy letterform practice, because the nib is slightly broad and flat, and is pretty much cut straight across so even lefties (like myself) shouldn't have trouble using it. The shape is odd, but not uncomfortable to use, and the ink has a decent flow.