I waited quite a bit before writing this review because I wanted to see how well
this pen performed after several months of use. All of the other reviews I found
often spoke about the immediate days. And for such an expensive pen, I felt it
was sort of a shame no one talked about it on the long run. Well, I ordered this
pen back in February and I must say I am impressed.
At first, I took care of this pen with my life. I had never spent nearly 50$ on
a pen before. But, the pen's metallic body holds quite a bit. After the first
month, the pen suffered its first drop, damaging the paint job, leaving it with
a terrible scar on the cap. Yet, it lived on. As time went on, I dropped it more
often and I became careless with it. It went from a novelty pen to a warrior and
it has yet to let me down. The pen takes the beating. Sure, the paint job does
get scratched easily, making it look a little ugly, but the functionality makes
up for it. The only aspect I want to negatively criticize is the clip. The thing
doesn't hold up too well. After just two weeks, it began to feel loose, which
makes me not pin it on my shirt as I usually do.
Moreover, this pen accepts all the universal D1 refills and not just the Zebra
ones (although those work great). I primarily use the Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4 D1
refill, which you can conveniently buy here. They do fit a little loose,
depending on the brand, but they don't seem to fall out.
In my journey to find the perfect pen, I came across this amazing pen. I've
loved pilot for a long time because of their incredible tips and high quality
ink. And so far, this pen meets all of my expectations.
I bought this pen primarily as a pen body since it can house several different
Pilot branded refills, including the awesome G2 gel pens. I've already gone
through the original ink cartridge, a G2 refill and its 0.3 mm and the pen still
feels wonderful in my hand.
I must admit, this pen is flashy. I love watching people turn it in their hands
while trying to see how to use it, which should speak to its quality. It looks a
lot more expensive than it actually is. In fact, several people have though it
to be one of those 100 dollar executive pens. So if you want luxury without the
price tag, you don't have to search anymore.
Nevertheless, I cannot give this pen a five out of five review. Its pretty but
the paint will get damaged. I dropped it once and it now sports a gnarly looking
scar on the side. I do admit, however, that I screwed up that one; but as some
others have mentioned, the cap likes to scratch the pen too. Every single time
you open it and close it, there's a big chance it will get scratched on the
bottom of the barrel, where the cap rests when closed. Of course, the pen does
look okay when not in use, but the scratches feel awkward to the touch.