As many of you, I don't...
May 7, 2013
As many of you, I don't write reviews. So, I guess I'm a bit excited about this
pen to feel like writing one now. Possibly too soon since I just got it last
I was hesitant to get it at first because of some of the issues mentioned by
others and also not expecting much of it because of its cheap price/appearance.
But because I've been searching for that EF nib that would lay thinner lines
than the Germans' EF, I went for it with a "It-wouldn't happen-to-me"
I inserted the cartridge that came with it without paying attention to their
instruction that recommended inserting it with the nib pointing up. What the
heck! What difference would it make? I don't know if it made a difference but
the pen refused to work and after a while the idea of the occasional "lemon"
that others had mentioned crossed my mind.
I restrained myself from using forceful methods to make it work. Not pressing
down, bending of the nib, no blades and no pin tips on the channel for me. All
those would have defeated the purpose of getting a nice EF.
But I did the following and worked: I placed the nib under the running faucet to
get the mantle(?) wet. I guess dipping the nib in water would had worked as
well. Then I rubbed the channel side of the nib against a paper towel/napkin to
absorb the water and in the process pull the ink in by capillary action. I kept
touching it until the ink started to stain the napkin. After that, and after
scribing a little, the ink went full strength and this pen has ben delightful.
Together with it, I also bought a Tachikawa fine nib -which recommends inserting
the cartridge upside down- and it turned out to lay lines even thinner than this
Pilot Penmanship. I cannot imagine what their EF would do. But this one skips a
bit. Maybe after some use it would get smother.
Essentially, I've found the EF nib that I wanted for drawing/sketching and at a