I ordered a black pen after getting a clear one..the clear penmanship was/is
great...however, the black model arrived with a cracked barrel. How
disappointing. I hope it is just an abberation. The clear pen also seemed to be
of a higher grade of plastic...black seemed flimsy in comparison. Well let's see
if JetPens provides me a replacement....I've grown somewhat tired of JetPens
lack of customer service...like are there any humans working at JetPens or just
the automaton Elizabeth? In fact I've grown tired of Internet shopping
I wish I lived in a real city where there were actual stationary stores and you
could go and test a pen or at least look at it in person....South Florida is
sorely lacking in anything approaching a real stationary store..like in NY,
Chicago, LA or SF..and any other US city that has over 100 years in
existence...have to move back to Brooklyn...(: well..life in the digital age
I'm so happy with this pen! I got the EF and it is truly the finest line of ant
FP Ive used. Not that Im a FP afecionado. I use the pen for sketching in a
journal and I was pretty unhappy with the EF version of the Lamy Safari. Not
having done sufficient research on the differences between European nibs and
Japanese I learned EF in Germany is like Medium in Japan..but EF in Japan is
like a crow quill nib dip pen! Really fine, just what I wanted.
I've had the pen for 3 hours so can't report on the durability but for starters
I installed the sample cartridge and it wrote beautifully immediately. Perfect,
no skipping, botching, etc., Ive only tested it on good Bristol so far but I'm
pretty sure the ink in the Pilot cartridge will perform well on lesser paper. no
bleeding, feathering so far. Dries really fast.
For this price?..I'm amazed. Ordering a few more.
Read other reviews here about scratchy nib..well, the is definately feed back
from the nib but, it's still very smooth, writes perfect in all
directions..punching, pulling, sideways..I'm use to dip pens so scratchiness is
not an issue for me. In fact Infeel that you get better control with the
scratchiness and that is perfect for drawing, inking lines.
Totally recommend this pen.
The converter is fine. Hard to fill it completely but that seems to be typical
of converters. Or am I mis-informed or dipping my nib incorrectly?
Just a big "great" to JetPens though..their shipping is the best. Free expedited
shipping thru USPS on orders of 25.00 or more. Amazing..I ordered Friday am and
had my order Monday afternoon. Order on Amazon...25.00 an over..yes you get free
shipping..but you also get the slowest available service possible. Fed Ex Smart
post. This service sucks big time. Took Amazon 10 days to get my order into my
hands of something shipped from one of their warehouses in Atlanta. I'm in
Florida. 10 freaking days. If JetPens sold t shirts and could provide the level
of service they do now they could dominate the world (: I don't own JetPens
stock...are you a public company? Nor do I receive swag from JetPens. Just
wanted to give them a huge thanks for awesome service and reasonable prices. It
can be done!
Solid pen.very smooth EF nib. Loaded with Mont Blanc ink in converter. No
leaking. Pen writes pretty "wet"...bleeds thru a standard Moleskine
journal...but that's the ink I'm using..ill see how it works with a Noodler's.
I use the pen for inking in lines for pen & ink drawings...on Bristol plate and
I love it for that..Also on watercolor paper..very smooth and good solid line.
The nib does have the dreaded nib creep..but..it's not an issue for me..some
folks complain about it.
It's an OK FP. Nothing fancy..it works..so far..no leaking with the plastic
converter so that's a plus..otherwise it's a nicely designed, hefty, rugged pen.
Time will tell.
I love these things for when i want to take drawing pencils, mechanical pens,
fountain pens with me..for sketching outside or whatever. A soft pouch for your
expensive pens and pencils. Pen Zen. Very cool. Kind of like an old jewelry
pouch. I would say the original use of these was for makeup brushes. Sort of
repurposed for pens. Some people complained that you can't clip the pen or
mechanical pencil clip on it as the pouch part is a bit short for most
pens/pencil clips to reach. Probably as it wasn't designed for that purpose.
However hope that saki reads their customer gripes and makes the pouch a bit
deeper for us pen people. It's not the most secure pen case obviously...if you
are kinda rough on your stuff id look elsewhere. if you are careful and
what..refined...i think you'll like this. Therefore I give it 4 not 5 stars.
The tip is very very soft. Very light pressure is all that is required. Good for
Asian characters calligraphic drawing. As I don't do that I'm wondering why I
got this. (:
It makes great palm fronds and leaves. Ink is very black and waterproof..which
is great..so far that I've only tested it on cheap sketching paper and very
slight bleed which I expected. I'm pretty sure on bristol or watercolor paper it
will bleed less if any.
Leaves a nice rough edge and long pointy line if used in the right manner.
Seemed a little pricey compared to pilot and other versions but I generally like
Pentel stuff so I went for it and many strong reviews of this pen.
If Asian influenced calligraphic drawing is your thing I believe this is an
excellent tool. May also be good for filling in wide patches of black in pen &
ink. The black ink cartridges are really black..compared to dr ph martins matte
black which is great.
These nibs are very smooth on a variety of papers, even on heavily textured
watercolor paper. Pretty amazing..can't really do that with any other G nib Ive
used. I don't prep these nibs like others have said. They may have a coating for
rust protection but with the inks I have used so far...Dr Martins Black Star
Matte and Black Magic and W&N waterproof Indian Ink..fairly dense inks, the ink
sticks to the nib pretty well.
Love these Tachikawa nib holders. This one is great for crow quill sized
nibs..maru, mapping, etc...perfect size.
For larger nibs..G pen, get the other larger Tachikawa with the grips.
I have at least 6 Tachikawa holders. The plastic bit that holds the nibs has
been very reliable so far. I suppose after a while they will wear down but they
won't create rust.
Still use some Generals and Kohinoors with the cork grips...has the metal bit to
hold the nibs..still like those but for small crow quill size nibs these are