Considering what I got for eight bucks, I gave this 5 stars. The checkered
design is snappy and cool, and the metal barrel and cap feel good in my hand.
However, I prefer not to post the cap. The nib is marked 18K GP (gold-plated),
but it seems to be un-plated stainless steel.
Although the steel nib was slightly askew when I received the pen, it was easy
to remove, adjust, and install since the nib and feed are friction-fit with a
flat registration piece on the feed and section (on the bottom of the feed). I
filled the X750 with Chinese-made Duke blue black which I thought was
appropriate. The pen filled properly, with the included converter, and it wrote
well. The nib is on the wide side of a Western-medium, and it lays down an
intense line without much pressure. This is really a decent fountain pen for
the price. Thanks again to JetPens!
This is a beautiful earth-tone color and I like the size of the bottle. Flow is
excellent and there was no feathering. The Iroshizuku ochre is close in tone to
Rohrer & Klingner's alt goldgrun, I think. R&K is no longer sold by JetPens so
ina-ho might be a good alternative. Also, the ina-ho ochre seems to be similar
in tone to Private Reserve Shorleine Gold.
Although it is close to Diamine's standard royal blue ink, 150th Anniversary
Blue Velvet is more intense, it seems brighter, and the flow is absolutely
smooth with beautiful saturation. This is my new, go-to blue writing ink (I am
now using Sailor's Storia Night Blue light-fast ink for drawing).
This is what I would call an olive-toned green and it is quite beautiful.
Although it is highly-saturated, it does offer shading possibilities. Diamine's
1864 Safari ink looks so good in my journal that it put a smile on my face.
Another consideration in its favor is that other inks that are this good are
almost twice as expensive.
This is a highly-saturated, snappy, intense blue, truly water-resistant ink (I
tested it) which is excellent for drawing or writing. I filled my Sailor
Professional Gear fountain pen with medium nib and the flow was luscious---very
smooth. I am definitely impressed with this new addition to the Sailor line of
inks. A huge thank you to JetPens for making it available in North America.
This a decent, relatively short, international size converter, and it is
certainly cost-effective. It should fit most fountain pens that accept
Montblanc/international-size cartridges and especially some fountain pens--like
the Delta Anni 70--with barrels that are too short or narrow for the standard
Pelikan or Schmidt converter.
For thorough cleaning, the Monteverde converter is easily disassembled by
unscrewing the silver-colored collar and pulling out the piston.
New fountain pen users should understand that any converter is a compromise
which means that most do not hold a lot of ink and, sometimes, ink will get
behind the little piston since there can be tolerance issues in such an
inexpensively manufactured item. However, they do allow the use of a wide-range
of bottled ink and therein lies the advantage. Plus, they are useful for
flushing a cartridge fountain pen's nib and feed.
Beautiful, glossy, hard finish; a stand-out design. I also have a Palladium
Studio fountain pen with the 14K extra-fine nib, and I actually prefer the
stainless steel extra-fine nib over the bi-color 14K gold nib extra-fine nib
because it writes a crisper, narrower line. Although the steel nib is the same
that is fitted to the Safari fountain pens, I'd rather write with the Studio
since it's heavier, nicely balance, and much more durable, I think. Also, I
like how the Studio cap posts with a snap to the barrel end. It won't slip or
Thanks to JetPens for their always excellent service and thanks for making the
Wild Rubin Studio fountain pen available.
The Lamy extra fine stainless steel nib is an excellent spare or replacement
nib. I removed the fine nib on one of my Lamy Studio fountain pens, which was
inked, and replaced it with this extra fine nib. The nib wrote perfectly,
within seconds of the being slid onto the feed, and I prefer the narrower extra
fine line width for drawing and note taking, Right from the package, no nib
adjustment was necessary since the nib tines were perfectly aligned and the
space between tines was correct for good ink flow. Thank you JetPens!
This is a beautiful, deep, dark, more black than blue, blue-black. If you prefer
an intense, highly saturated blue-black ink, this is the ink for you. The
Diamine "1864 Blue Black" 150th Anniversary ink is much more intense than the
bluer standard Diamine blue-black ink. Because of its intensity, the new "1864
Blue Black" will, most-likely, not offer the shading possibilities of the
standard Diamine blue black, but I prefer this new anniversary ink. It's
similar to Noodler's blue-black and to Noodler's Ellis Island blue-black. Plus,
the Diamine 150th Anniversary ink comes in a really cool bottle.
I do not feel that the Ohto blue-black is a watered down blue-black ink. Let me
explain. Many inks identified as “blue-black” come in a range of tones,
intensities, and colors, within, what is called, 'blue-black,' including inks
that are bluer than black or more black than blue. The blue-black family, if you will, can even include colors that are like Rohrer
& Klingner’s verdigris or various versions of blue-gray ink. I would place the Ohto “blue-black” in the blue-gray branch of the family.
Although not as deep or intense as, say, Noodler’s blue-black which is so
intense it doesn’t really offer shading possibilities, this Ohto blue-gray ink
does offer nice shading possibilities because the blue-gray color is not as
saturated or intense as the Noodler’s blue-black. This also means that it
will be easier to flush ink residue from a pen. The Ohto ink is manufactured in Austria, as are some Montblanc inks, and it may,
in fact, be the same manufacturing facility. The Ohto ink flows well, in a pen with a properly adjusted nib and feed, and the
shade of blue-gray is certainly a lovely color, with shading possible, making
this ink a good choice for someone writing with a medium, broader, or flexible
nib. I filled my medium-nibbed S.T. Dupont Fidelio with an Ohto blue-black
cartridge and the ink worked well for me.