Sorry, I made an error in my Tradio review. I wrote "Of course, we would need to
collect… well, I think that should be obvious. " Instead of "collect" I should
have typed "name it..." Great way to spoil a punch line, eh? BG
I find product reviews fascinating because the same product can receive such a
wide range of ratings and impressions. Sometimes, it's almost impossible to
account for the apparent discrepancy. With the Tradio there is little
uncertainty about why so many may react so differently. The way we hold the pen
and the way we apply pressure and move it across the page can vary so
dramatically that no single mechanism for delivering ink to paper can please us
all. What we really need in reviewing pens is some way of characterizing our
respective writing “styles.” I'm not going to try to do that here. But I
will say that this pen appeals to me for much the same reason that a Varsity
does. Not its partial disposability, which I find sad, but the fact that I can
grab it and write impulsively and rapidly without annoying skipping or excessive
ink. I don't look for a wide range of line variation, but there is no question
that I can get substantial variation if I write slowly. I don't write slowly.
Maybe these reviews would benefit if those of us who take the time to write them
could make more explicit comparisons of the pen we are reviewing to those we
find to be preferable. Who knows, maybe one day we can create a writing
instrument genome the way Pandora is creating a music genome. Of course, we
would need to collect… well, I think that should be obvious.
I'm one of those people who tends to carry a bunch of pens. I'd like to say that
it's so that I can always select just the right one for the occasion. Truth is,
so many of them fail when I get the cap off that I'm just hedging my bets when I
carry several. But I do believe that I could confidently reduce my armamentarium
to a single pen by carrying only this one. And whether it's the nib or the ink
or some combination of the two, it's the only pen that works each and every time
on those shiny cash-register receipts you get in some restaurants, the ones that
make you wish you were carrying a Sharpie.
Oh, and if you are looking for a pen that is safe at any angle in a jeans
pocket, this is the one. No spontaneous in-pocket openings so far. I have pens
costing 100 x as much about which I cannot make that claim.
I've tried several inks in these pens, including iroshizuku (tsuki-yo), and have
not been pleased with any of them. They felt scratchy on several papers, flow
was intermittent, and, though this is far more subjective, they were too
light-weight for me. I also am not thrilled with the lack of a clip. I tend not
to carry a briefcase or man-purse, so they were not great choices for the coat
pocket, and that was my own short-sightedness in buying them.
Now, as regards cartridges and their availability, one of the reasons I tend to
like most Pilot-Namiki products is the refill-ability of the cartridges. I'm
partial to the dental irrigator for this purpose, but there are any number of
syringe-like options. The mouth of the cartridge is so wide that even another
pen with a converter can be used to refill them.