Years ago I had a Parker Vector which I didn't like--too much skipping, bleeding
all over the place--and some kind of cheap $13 Waterman whose nib was more for
calligraphy than regular writing. Recently, I decided to give fountain pens
another shot. I ordered the Platinum Preppy in blue-black and was super
impressed. It was smoother than the previous pens I had, and its ink dried
quickly and came out evenly. Then I ordered the Kaweco. Talk about smooth. I
don't think writing has ever been this effortless for me. I'm usually wary of
compact pens as they're difficult to hold and easily lead to hand cramps. But
this pen is a pleasure to write with. Despite my predictions, it's no hassle to
unscrew or close back up, and it fits perfectly in my pocket. I'm not sure how,
but with its cap posted, it's literally the most comfortable pen I've ever used.
It's lightweight, but that's not a downside. This was certainly worth every
penny, and the bordeaux color is quite nice. The only thing I didn't like was
the translucence of the ink it came with (blue cartridge). I doubt it would show
up on photocopies, it's not water-resistant, and I wouldn't use it as a "formal"
ink for business forms. It was not as robust or dark as the Platinum Preppy's
blue-black (which would be appropriate for business, in my opinion), so I
ordered a syringe and some Noodler's Kingfisher ink. I'll see how that works
out. I'm told that refilling cartridges is easy as pie, and I don't like the
idea of an entire barrel full of ink that could come unscrewed at any time.