I loved this little pen when I got it and started using it right away instead of
my old Tradio Mini. Smooth writing and comfortable despite the size and price.
After about a week a crack started to develop around the nib holder which
allowed ink to being escaping, making the pen useless. I don't remember any
rough handling and believe that the plastic is just a bit too brittle and thin
around the Chibi's nib. I corresponded with JetPens about this and they
immediately gave me a credit for the full price (which I recently applied to a
Jinhao 599A to replace a Platinum Preppy that has been giving me problems). I
think the build quality of the Jinhao 599A is better than the Chibi though I am
troubled that Jinhao has obviously copied the general design of the Lamy Safari.
I'm trying this out as a possible replacement for my always-carried Rhodia 7.5cm
x 12cm memo book. The Rhodia is extremely durable but after a few weeks --
especially in the summer -- the orange cover begins to show real wear and tear.
The 3 stars should be viewed as a provisional score.
On a whim I included this inexpensive pen in a recent order and inked it up with
the Diamine "Denim" ink that was included in the same order. I'm impressed!
Writing quality is good and required only a few swipes with a micromesh pad to
make it even smoother. Ink flow is good after initially being a bit on the "dry"
side. The included converter in this pen is even better than the one that came
with a Jinhao 450 I bought last year.
It's a good knock-around pen. I am impressed withe the manufacturing and
material quality given the price. Plus, it's a very good looking pen as I was
looking for a replacement for a Platinum Preppy that had suddenly stopped
working. The only downside I can see is the obvious copying of the Lamy Safari
design which cannot possibly be accidental.
I agree with benjamindk1 - I wish the collar retracted. I love my current Kuru
Toga and would gladly pay for a more expensive model -- if I could safely carry
it around in my shirt pocket without stabbing myself.