I just got my Pilot 78g F nib and have tested it on all sorts of paper,
with an ink I trust (Diamine Oxblood).
On all papers, the pen performed beautifully laying down a extra, extra fine
line with little pressure.
For example, on rough sketching paper the Lamy EF nibs are really skratchy and
tend to skip,
but the 78g was smooth and had no problems skipping.
On fine quality Rhodia paper, the line was even finer!
It wrote soooo smoothly too!
I have about 6 Lamy Safari EF pens and the Pilot 78g is not only finer than all
but writes smoother too.
I love the look of the Sarafi and the colors,
but in terms of writing ability the 78g outperforms them all.
Of course, the Pilot 78g feels much cheaper and lighter than the Safari\'s but
it\'s half the price.
I highly recommend these pens, especially for students (e.g. in note-taking,
thin line = fast drying time)
and for mathematics.
I'm extremely happy with this case.
I got mine with red straps with a red interior with the white polka dots
(although, I was hoping for the black polka dots as another reviewer mentioned).
As another reviewer mentioned, the color isn't nearly as dark as the pictures
rather it looks more tan.
I had already anticipated this.
Once I got mine,
I put to coats of brown shoe polish and let it dry in the sun for a few hours.
This darkened the tone substantially and it made the material shine and look
I should mention that the red stitching on the outside was colored brown (which
Also, following another reviewers' advice I removed the tag.
Although it took a bit of work (about 10 minutes), I am really happy with this
I've only had this pencil for a few days,
but I am already absolutely in love with it!
At fifteen dollars, and perhaps having a previous reviewer's comment in mind,
I thought this pencil would look and feel cheap in person.
However, what I experienced is that the pencil feels great
and vastly more expensive than the asking price.
Moreover, I think it has plenty of weight to it.
I must admit that when I received it, I kept checking the label disbelievingly
to see if they sent me the 600 or 800 by mistake because the material feels like
In terms of design, the rotring series is unparalleled.
I really like this ink. It performs excellent on all the papers I have tried it
on, from cheap printer paper to decent Staples yellow docket paper to nice
Japanese notebooks. In my tests, it never feathered but, on my Lamy Safari EF,
there was a tiny amount of ink creeping onto the nib. Seeing that I never touch
the nib while writing, the nib creep isn't a bother for me.
Now to describe the color. I find the color shown on the box to be pretty
accurate of how this ink write on white paper, although the ink is a tiny bit
darker in hue. To some, it might not be dark enough, which is most likely why
Lamy also offers a blue-black option.
This is an interesting color. I have tested it out on many different papers and
it performs well on all semi-descent to decent papers, with no feathering. Also,
on my Lamy Safari EF, there is no ink creeping onto the nib like other inks do
on this pen (for example, Lamy blue).
Now to describe the color. This is certainly not red, and loosely in the red
hues at that. The range of colors I see, while testing on different paper colors
ranging from extra white to off-white to yellow, varies from a light, bright
highlighter pink to an orange-ish-pink. Personally, I love this color and am
quite exited to use it on yellow docket pads for my work (math). However, I
think this is highly subjective and can understand if people are upset with Lamy
with misnaming their ink 'red.'
I would rate this a 5 but, seeing as there is no indication from Lamy that this
is not a true red, I will take off one point.
If the definition of a pen is to write with ink, then the Ohto Tasche is not a
After a week of trying to get this pen to write a line, I gave up. Although ink
does flow (erratically, at best), the only way I could get this pen to write is
by applying lots of pressure, making the nib dig into the pager. This was even
more uncomfortable than using a cheap bic ball point. I tested this pen with the
Ohto black and blue-black cartridges on various paper types and qualities (from
100g printer paper to japanese notebooks) with the same crappy results.
I also bought the Ohto Fine fountain pen at the same time, and had the same
problems (although, the Fine was even worse!).
Maybe I'm a poor fool that received two unusable Ohto pens at the same time.
Sorry, never buying Ohto again.
This pen was garbage. Usually, I am a bit more reserved with my adjectives,
however, seeing as that's where this pen eventually ended up-- after a week of
trying to make it write--it is quite fitting. I bought this pen with the Ohto
blue-black ink cartridges and was never able to write a full letter, forget even
I have subsequently bought at Lamy Safari with an extra fine nib and couldn't be