Flows very well in my Plaisir and Lamy pens and I used this ink with a glass dip
pen. A wetter nib might show color variation more easily but I have not
observed much variation on the few pages I have written so far. A 'fun' purple
for happy correspondence - if you prefer a more subdued, 'conservative' color
that is purple I have tried the J. Herbin Poussiere De Lune and it is much less
'showy' than this color.
Ink flows well and was a wonderful introduction to J. Herbin for me. But I
agree with the other reviewer this is an 'ashen' purple -- I'll call it a
'conservative', subdued purple -- I favor the Diamine Majestic Purple for a much
bolder impact hence the -1 star. If you compare color swatches it will help you
decide what 'strength' of purple you desire.
Nib Swap: I used parts of this pen to 'upgrade' my Plaisir 'Fine' to a 'Medium'
nib instead. The nib is a little to scratchy for the sketch book I am writing
in, but I think with usage, time, and perhaps some minor adjustment to make the
nib 'wetter' it will be perfect. I actually don't know how this pen writes
because I used it for parts :)
beautiful body, very nice metallic red color; holds well and looks more
expensive than it is.
Nib Swap: I found the PP fine nib on this too 'fine' for my tastes (made me
realize I'm a medium point person!) and I was able to swap out a Medium Preppy
nib for the Fine nib in the Plaisir. I have written a few lines and the nib
from the Preppy is a little scratchy, but over time and with minor adjustments
to make the nib 'wetter' I think it will be perfect.
pro: ergo grip
con: ink looks grey, not black enough for me; the grip area is perhaps a little
too sticky and too much lint, dust, dog hair, etc adheres to the grip area if
that is something that would bother you
my uses: decorative accents, limited writing only
pros: smooth ink
cons: writes "ok" on the back of photo paper, skips a little and could be
better; not as 'cool' looking as other gel pens
other factors: ink dries rather matte, limited sheen when dry; this looks more
like fluorescent orange to me, not a 'regular' orange which is what I was
repurchase: not unless I develop a need for more a bright, 'highlighter' like
my uses: decorative accents only, no lengthy missives
pros: smooth, metallic color; looks cool
cons: not a true fire engine red, but much softer in color more like a dark
pink; the barrel is narrow if you prefer a wider grip; the ink did not write
well or smoothly on the back of a photograph / photo paper, but it seems to
perform fine on regular paper.
repurchase: no, I really wanted this to work on the backside of photo paper
appearance of pen - looks like a more expensive pen and feels good in the hand.
the outer body does not feel 'rubbery' at all but does have a slight texture to
it. it is not perfectly smooth as glass or metal would perhaps feel.
the one nit-pick that I have with this pen, is there is a clear plastic ring
that separates the two 'halves' of the main pen body. IMO this clear plastic
ring is very cheap-looking. I would have been more impressed with the
appearance of the pen had it used a black or 'chrome' looking part instead. the
clear plastic ring is just above the 'chrome' looking part in the photos.