This pen gave me quite...
July 18, 2011
This pen gave me quite the \"roller coaster ride\" of an experience. When I
first heard of the Pilot Petit1, I was really excited-- not only did I see
several great reviews online, but it was also cheap ($? A steal!). So, as my
first foray into fountain pens, I added the Petit1, Platinum Preppy, and Pelikan
Pelikano to my shopping cart. When the package arrived from JetPens, I opened
it with glee and immediately took out a notebook to start writing. The Pelikano
and Preppy were easy to start, but I couldn\'t even unscrew the nib from the
barrel in the Petit1! (It\'s pretty embarrassing to have to go to work and
explain to your coworkers that you need them to take a pen apart for you--Just
an FYI.) Anyways, one of my bosses opened the pen and like an addict, I
immediately went into a corner, popped in an ink cartridge (which you have to
buy separately), put the pen back together, and started writing. Initially, the
Petit1 skipped... A lot. It was very scratchy, too, but I kept trying to write
with it for about a day.
Eventually, though, I gave up. The pen sat on my living room floor for about a
week. By then, I used the entire ink cartridge included with the Pelikano and
the Preppy\'s ink had dried up. Going through withdrawal, I forced myself to
write with the Petit1 one more time. It took a few scratches in the corner of
my notebook to start the ink flowing again, but once it did... Wow. It was
like I had a whole new pen. The nib just glided across the page like a knife
through butter. There were none of the aforementioned skips-- my lines were
continuous and uniform. I fell in love.
So what happened? I read online that it\'s a good idea to clean your pens
before use-- there tends to be manufacturing residue left over when you first
purchase your pens. I didn\'t clean the Petit1 when I got it, so that\'s
probably why I had such a rough time with it before. Once enough ink went
through the feed, though, I guess it cleared away the residue. The moral of the
story? Wash your pens.
Anyways, I really like my Petit1 now. Its size is perfect for sticking in my
pocket on the go-- capped, it\'s only slightly bigger than a tube of chapstick--
and now that it writes smoothly, I can see myself using it a lot more often.
The feed is clear, so when I get funky with ink colors, I can easily tell what
color I\'ll be writing with. The cap snaps securely into position and doesn\'t
budge unless I want it to. All of these things are huge pluses. My only real
problem with it now is the grip (or lack thereof). There is just a cylinder of
plastic and it\'s not like my fingers slip at all, but it would be nice if there
were something (rubber or shaping of some sort) to reduce strain. I don\'t
think it matters, though... The Petit1 was made for portability. Judging by
the cartridge size it allows for, it wasn\'t made to be a workhorse.
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