This is your workhorse....
September 27, 2015
This is your workhorse. Strong and straightforward and none too delicate. If you
have tiny handwriting or need to be able to take notes on regular notebook
paper, then this is not your pen. Consider Pilot's Metropolitan in those
cases--extra fine. German sizing runs larger than Japanese sizing. However, this
pen is light, posted or not, and responds quite well for so stiff a nib (nicer
nibs tend to cost significantly more than this).
If you've never bought a fountain pen before, but would like to start well and
see where it goes, then choose this. It can accomodate a converter which will
open up a world of color to you. I prefer Diamine inks, but have heard good
reports from several others. I've never used the included cartridge. Consider
adding a converter and a small bottle of Diamine Jet Black when you order this
and you'll be ready to go.
I haven't seen many complaints about the weight of the pen. It certainly IS
heavier than a day to day ballpoint, clicky piece of nonsense or a one time use
fountain pen throw away, but if you are a writer or a student with some decent
paper, this pen will not fail you. For economical paper options, I strongly
recommend the Maruman Eco Spiral Note to begin. If you are serious about finding
your way to a more elegant, thoughtful writing process or just a really cool,
basic pen that will stand out to anyone attentive, then begin here.